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I first checked out the e-book version of this book from my local library. Browsing the library website I found it by 'accident' in the new books section (perhaps this accident was meant for me, and was inspired by God?) Since my husband passed away just a few months ago I checked it out. It is hard to lose a husband that you loved, even if you believe that you will eventually be reunited.
I was only half way thru this book when I came to amazon and bought it for my Kindle, because I realized that this is a book I will want to read again and again.
This book makes me want to be a better person. I think that I was already 'fairly good', but hopefully I can improve. The forgiveness section was especially one that I needed. I had a REALLY BAD year last year.... a fire destroyed my home of 40 years and six months later my husband died. I was attempting to cope and managing fairly well, (as Jimmy Buffet said, "if a hurricane doesn't make you dead, it will make you strong... breathe in, breathe out, move on") But there was a lot of WHY ME in my attitude inside. While this book doesn't give you EASY INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO FORGIVE, it explains the importance of forgivng family, friends, yourself and God.
The stories the author relates brought tears to my eyes, but they were good tears. The 'little miracles' (deer, hummingbirds, flowers) did the same.
I'm sure that the book isn't for everyone. VERY STRICT Christians may feel that there is too much 'new age' type philosophy, and those who aren't Christian may resent or rebel against the Christian references. I personally am of the opinion that all religions have something to offer to those who follow them. I do not think that MY view is the ONLY correct view, and I take what I need/want from books and people, and leave what I don't feel is appropriate for me.
For me, this is a life changing book. I have recommended it to several friends and bought a copy for a very good friend who is reading it now... she also loves it.
For those of us interested in living life more consciously, the wisdom of those who have reached the end of the road is precious to us who may have more time. I found the stories Karen chose to tell riveting and I especially appreciated her own self reflections on what she was going through with particular people at different times.
Karen's patients were blessed to have her as their physician at the end of life and we are blessed to have this book as we wend our own way down the road.