In candid interviews, terminal patients in the Alive Hospice program talked with authors Bob and Judy Fisher, addressing some of the most important questions people ask about the journey of life. These end-of-life ponderings are collected into inspirational and provoking thoughts that will encourage each of us to live life fully. Each story is reflected in thematic chapters on priorities, family, simple pleasures, romance, integrity, regret and forgiveness. These powerful stories deliver the clear message that if you wait to really live until you know you are going to die, you risk missing much of the joy life has to offer and the chance to leave a positive legacy.
In candid interviews, terminal patients in the Alive Hospice program talked with authors Bob and Judy Fisher, addressing some of the most important questions we ask about our life and how we've made the journey. These end-of-life ponderings are collected into inspirational and provoking thoughts that will encourage each of us to live life fully. Each story is reflected in thematic chapters-priorities, family, simple pleasures, romance, integrity, regret, forgiveness-crafted into a series of "lessons learned," offering motivation to approach life with more vigor. These powerful stories deliver the clear message that if you wait to really live until you know you are going to die, you risk missing much of the joy life has to offer and the chance to leave a positive legacy.
Talking to people short on time draws special insights for Life Is a Gift by Bob and July Fisher. Every day, billions of people all over the world wake up, ready to get through another week or even hour. They work, play, and seek meaning. Whether these people admit it or not, they are searching long and hard for their purpose. Sadly, many do not find it until its too late. But what if we could change that? What if we could learn from those who know just how significant one life is?
Authors Bob and Judy Fisher knew exactly who to talk to about this when they wrote the book Life Is A Gift. Through speaking with more than 100 dying souls and capturing the conversations in writing, the Fishers approached a tough topic in an easy-to-read book, full of true inspiration and solid advice.
Set up in sections, each chapter centers on a different, relatable topic. Including living in the moment, enhancing relationships, and defeating regret, the terminal patients interviewed speak on many areas of life. The book also includes interesting side stories and anecdotes from the authors.
The spiritual focus of this book does not center on evangelism, salvation or works, but it, instead, does quote several people who were interviewed as saying that their relationship with God was important to them and that it helped sustain them in times of challenge and setback. The authors merely present what the people told them, and they do not inject pleas for redemption or salvation.
The idea of Life Is A Gift is challenging, the terminal patients quoted are insightful, and the truths encountered are too often overlooked in the lives of people around the globe. -- Amy Nickerson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
What can the dying teach the living? That is the question that educators Bob and Judy Fisher set out to answer when they interviewed 104 hospice patients ages five to 98. There are no surprises in this slim volume: people talk about family more than work, and about living in the present. The book is organized thematically around topics like priorities, simple pleasures, regrets and forgiveness. This leads to some repetition and overlap, but also helps each chapter stand alone for individual study. The tone is comfortably conversational and liberally peppered with tie-ins to popular songs, although sometimes the authors' commentary gets in the way of their subjects' more powerful words. This is not a soul-shaking book, but it is an effective invitation to self-reflection. It stands out among the growing number of books about death and dying in that it is aimed back at the living: readers can find inspiration in these voices to make better choices in the here and now, find deeper joy in every day and live life with no regrets. (May)
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