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Monday, August 26, 2013

Death By Living - N.D. Wilson

Life is meant to be spent.  This book the author describes as "creative meditations," and a continuation of sorts of his previous book "Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl."  This is a different type of book that I usually read, and some may find it too philosophical for their tastes. This is a book of stories and writing, but not a how-to book on writing.  The author states "Life is a story" and he tells his story of his childhood, trips to Europe and relatives all intertwined among thoughts and memories.  Perhaps the best quote in my opinion "Stories are the closest our own words can ever come to being made flesh."  I get the feeling the author loves a good story, loves to tell one and hear one told. I also think he has many more stories to be told.
The stories of him and his large family visiting Europe are some of the most amusing parts of the entire book.
This is a Christian book (the author speaks of "One in whom we have faith.") and interpretations of Scripture and Bible stories are included.  The author is a Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews college and like everyone else, the book jacket says, is made of dust.  I did enjoy the flow and analogies made.  These are meditations with a Christian foundation.  He does have some great advice abut getting the most out of life- "Etch your life in stone, and what you make will be forever." and "Giving will always succeed, Hording will always fail." This book will not be for everyone, but I can't argue with the contents.

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