Book Review: Death By Living

Life is meant to be spent N.D. Eilson
Death By Living
N.D Wilson

About the Book

Life is meant to be spent. "Glory is sacrifice, glory is exhaustion, glory is having nothing left to give" -N.D. Wilson. All of us must pause and breathe. See the past, see your life as the fruit of providence and thousands of personal narratives. What led to you? You did not choose where to set your feet in time. You choose where to set them next. Then we must see the future, not just to stare into the fog of distant years but see the crystal choices as they race toward us in this sharp foreground we call the present. We stand in the now. God says create. Live. Choose. Shape the past. Etch your life in stone, and what you make will be forever. 

A poetic portrait of faith, futility and the joy of this mortal life. In the astoundingly unique book, best selling author N.D. Wilson reminds each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we are dying. Every second we create more of our past - more decisions, more breathing more love and more loathing. All of it slides by into the gone as we race to grab at more moments at more memories, while the old ones fade.

We are all authors, creators of our own pasts, of the books that will be our lives. We stare at the future or obsess about the present, but only the past has been set in stone and we are the ones setting it. When we race across the wet concrete of time without purpose without goals without laughter and love and sacrifice then we fail in our mortal moment. We race toward our inevitable ends without artistry and without beauty. 

My Thoughts

Death by Living is a shock when you first think about what its saying. Since the beginning of time humans have been trying to live forever, with remedies and potions to help them do so. This is in extreme contrast to the fact that humans also try to rush from one thing to the next as quickly as they can. Death by Living shows how to live, without regrets and without worry. A great inspirational read. I also recommend checking out another book that I was given to review, Life Without Limits.
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