Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review of Death by Living: Life is Meant to be Spent by N. D. Wilson - 5 stars!

Happy Sunday!

I got an offer to read and review a non-fiction book  - Death by Living by N. D. Wilson. I read non-fiction quite a lot, but usually do not review them. There was something in this book's blurb, that captivated my eye and therefore I decided to not only read it, but also write a review. I loved it!

Enjoy!


Title: Death by Living: Life is Meant to be Spent
Author: N. D. Wilson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: 7th of May 2013
Pages: 224 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction: Self-Help, Inspirational
Source: From PR by the Book in exchange for an honest review

Summary:

Death by Living is a follow-up to N.D. Wilson’s critically acclaimed Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl. While Notes focused on a way of seeing life, Death by Living focuses on a way of living life. 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.
In his uniquely poetic style, Wilson writes the stories of his grandparents, grapples with the concept of time, and inspires readers to “Burden your moments with thankfulness. Be as empty as you can be when the clock winds down. Spend your life. And if time is a river, may you leave a wake.”
“Our sad, dark and decaying culture needs more salt, light and joy from such authors as N. D. Wilson. He reminds me of a young Chesterton.” —Eric Metaxas, bestselling author




My review:

This is my first book written by N. D. Wilson and after reading it, I will probably read all his other books as well. It was THAT good.

Death by Living is an ode for life. I guess many of you know the saying "Nothing is certain but death and taxes". Let's leave taxes out of this review and concentrate on death... and life. This book is about nothing but living your life spending it to maximum and not wasting any minute of it. It's about laughing from you heart, enjoying the very small things in your life, it's about understanding your life and being happy.

I loved how N. D. Wilson was writing it. Even though it's a non-fiction book, Wilson is extremely talented storyteller. You learn about author's family by small and funny stories and it is greatly inspiring. It is thought-awakening and touching and funny in the same time. When I started reading it, I was expecting some serious topics and serious talks, but this book was very different. Yes, it touches serious topics and deals with what is the most appreciated thing on earth - our own lives, but he does it with such a respect and lightness which leaves you with positive feelings and clarity. I read it during few hours and was surprised that it was as captivating as any other good book I love. It's brilliantly written!


5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks to PR by the Book for providing me with the review copy!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
N. D. Wilson is the best-selling author of the 100 Cupboards trilogy (now in more than 20 languages) and the acclaimed Ashtown Burials series (both from Random House). Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl was adapted into the widely distributed "bookumentary" film of the same name.
He has adventured on camera for the National Geographic Channel, is currently involved in producing C.S. Lewis' “The Great Divorce” for the screen (which he adapted himself), and once typed a short story on a napkin for Esquire magazine. His writing has been featured on media outlets ranging from NBC's “Today" show to NPR's “All Things Considered.”
He was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, where he currently lives with his wife and their five young kids (along with two tortoises and a snake). He is a Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College, where he teaches freshmen how to play with words.


Happy reading!


 

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