Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent

Death by Living Life Is Meant to Be Spent A poetic portrait of faith futility and the joy of this mortal life In this astoundingly unique book bestselling author N D Wilson reminds each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we ar

A poetic portrait of faith, futility, and the joy of this mortal life.In this astoundingly unique book, bestselling author N D Wilson reminds each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we are dying Every second we create of our past decisions, breathing, love and loathing, all of it slides by into the gone as we race to grab at moA poetic portrait of faith, futility, and the joy of this mortal life.In this astoundingly unique book, bestselling author N D Wilson reminds each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we are dying Every second we create of our past decisions, breathing, love and loathing, all of it slides by into the gone as we race to grab at moments, at memories made and already fading.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.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 to 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.

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  1. Only The Lord of the Rings has made me laugh and cry at the same time, but Death by Living came close It certainly made me do both, even if at separate moments By the time I finished, I was so full of sehnsucht that overwhelming bittersweet yearning that bleeds into joy , I felt ready to detonate like Agent Smith in The Matrix, split by the light spear, but in a good way I wanted to live I wanted to die I was glad that I could do both, right now You ve heard it said that from the minute you re b [...]

  2. I know I m going to get crucified by the Wilson fanboys for rating this book so low, but it just didn t live up to the hype Don t get me wrong, ND Wilson is a great, creative writer But honestly, it felt like the book tried too hard to be creative There were many points where the creativity seemed to actually hide the point he was trying to make I struggled to take away one main point from this book I sort of feel like I should pull a George Costanza and say, It s not you, it s me, to this book [...]

  3. An invitation impossible to turn down to live a purposely, fully, and grateful life and be excited to live it facing the finish line Read it again, and again I laughed and cried with this book in 2015 2017 Read it again Started it the same day that N.D Wilson had to go into surgery to have a brain tumor removed Seemed the right time and the right thing to do I am grateful I did And I am grateful he has given days to write pages

  4. April 2017 Seemed like a good time for a relisten My theme for 2013 was joy This year it s gratitude So an early re consuming of Death by Living was in order Gratitude is liberation Burden your moments with thankfulness This time through, I went with the audiobook for which I bartered with the publisher for part of the price of a cake It s read by the author, which is always the best way.When I finished it last night, I was still working on a project, so I scrolled through the audiobook listing [...]

  5. Five star ratings are for books that changed my life Books that will never be forgotten, by me or anyone who is silly enough to ask me what my favorite books are.This book got five stars.I don t know where to start or where to end This book made me conscious of ever passing second and it slipped by into eternity, but didn t overwhelm me with a sense of insufficiency It reminded me that I m not in control of my life, and that I don t have to be because Christ is It encouraged me to enjoy the jour [...]

  6. N D Wilson mentions early in this book his childhood penchant for hitting his sisters I don t think he s quite grown out of the habit, because Death by Living delivers slug in the arm after slap in the face after sock in the jaw And dang it all if he doesn t almost make it fun Get up Get busy Get living Get dying Look at how joyful and glorious it is when you do I posted several quotes on my blog Here s another one from pp 40 41 brackets are mine When faced with unpleasantness trouble there are [...]

  7. N.D Wilson writes with Chestertonian joy I m devouring this book with rapturous exultation Highly, highly recommend it Few books have so moved me as this one Stories are soul food We are narrative creatures, and we need narrative nourishment narrative catechisms Her voice is sweetness itself, part apple pie and part clean laundry left to ride the wind in the sun Always has been A ninety five year old man sits in his chair with a wandering mind because a century cannot pass without many blows Hea [...]

  8. I swallowed this one whole I raced to read it, then re read and re read it again It s the kind of book you hide under a pile of grammar books so no one will steal it away It s the kind of book that makes you snarl at Sister Dear when she asks if you are finished yet So Sorry, Jesse It s the kind of book that keeps you up late, trying to remember everything your grandparents ever told you about their stories It s the kind of book that puts you in awe of the Maker and MasterStoryteller it s the be [...]

  9. Wilson is an artist pure and simple I guess I could also say that he is a weaver because he takes images, themes, and stories and braids them together beautifully.Family stories, travel stories, existential reflections all through the lens of life with God.I keep referring back to certain pages and lines Several times I had a lump in my throat.Wilson makes me wish that I did to suck the marrow out of life and experience all that God has given me with wonder filled eyes.This is the kind of book [...]

  10. I heard so much about this book online from friends, so when we went down to Sydney for a few days and I got to visit my favourite childhood bookstore, I was over the moon to find a copy of N.D Wilson s book sitting quietly on the shelves I began reading it promptly on returning home, and it was nothing like I expected it to be It was glorious and gut wrenching and wonderful and just the kind of book I needed in that time of my life I think I ll always need a book like that, and I want to reread [...]

  11. Nate s words remind me to be thankful once for the story that My Father is writing For my life, and my new life For my lovely wife, and our fourfold love made flesh For grass mowed too short in my enthusiasm, and for storm showers to heal it For the smell of cookies freshly baked, and chocolate chips still melty For Mom and Dad.Nate writes that one of his recurring childhood memories was the sound of breaking glass I am honored that my car window was one of those, shattered by a boy flinging ro [...]

  12. Very good continuation of Tilt Notes from the Tilt a Whirl focuses on a way of seeing With this book, the focus is on a way of living, a way of receiving life xi.Lots of humor and stories mixed in with theological insights, and all written very poetically See excerpts here and here.Some critics of Wilson s style say that he overwrites, that he s trying too hard Know the names of these critics Yeah, neither do I.

  13. I must say that I really wanted to enjoy the book than I ended up actually enjoying it Death by Living covers a topic that I think about fairly often that I hope you do too are you going to live to die, or die that you might live longer Mr Wilson has so many points I agree with in this book, but honestly I know Brandon and Megan will disagree , the 3 star rating has to come from the delivery As in Notes From the Tilt a whirl, he uses the same, scattered writing style that I m not too fond of An [...]

  14. So good So, so good I loved Tilt A Whirl and have been anxiously waiting for this since I first heard about it several months ago Wilson s writing does what only excellent writing can do takes you on a dizzying journey of experience, thought, remembrance, joy, sadness, and all the while cultivating a longing for a life to be lived The type of writing that makes you forget that your pen which you customarily keep on your ear for note taking has been sitting there for hours There s no time for not [...]

  15. I only give five stars to books that I love enough to want to read again, and by the end of the second chapter I knew this would be one of those books Wilson begins with the same familiar ingredients used by countless Christian motivational speakers life is a story, death is inevitable, let s make the most of the time that God grants to us but manages to whip them into something entirely unexpected and awe inspiring His writing is the sort that drains highlighters or e highlighters I read it on [...]

  16. With only his second non fiction book, Wilson has quickly become one of my favorite living authors A poet at heart, Wilson challenges us to reconsider life and death Weaving lovely tales of ordinary life with his wife and children with heart wrenching remembrances of his grandparents alongside philosophical reflections in a book that will cause you to chuckle on one page and tear up on the next Read this book because it will call you to the carpet for your lack of courage Read it because it will [...]

  17. Round five It gets better every time Hearing it anew is good for my soul Save yourself You don t owe these people any You ve given them everything Not everything Not yet Bruce Wayne Reading this book yearly keeps me focused on the things that truly matter.Living is dying Living well is dying for others Stop grabbing Manna doesn t keep overnight More will come in the morning Read in September 2013, November 2014, June 2015, May 2017, January 2018.

  18. Death by Living, a book by N.D Wilson, is a rich experience for the imagination, for soul and mind and spirit The writing in this book is so beautiful and powerful that you find yourself wanting to agree with every word This can, of course, be dangerous Let the the reader be advised to carry his brain along with him if he allows his soul to be moved by these words.I would make one addition to this book, and it is a matter of emphasis To live in such a generous, poured out way as the author descr [...]

  19. N.D Wilson s commentary on life and death , Death by Living really needs no comment other than that it should be read It should be read quickly, slowly, all at once, and with many breaks between reading This comment may seem paradoxical, but then so does Wilson s book.His book is a story about stories a look at the minuscule stories of each human being wrapped up into the Story of our Creator In this story about stories, Wilson makes the reader feel diminutive and worthless, while at the same ti [...]

  20. This book is beautiful It wrenches your heart with soul pounding truth, beauty and grief, laughter yes, you ll get stiches in your side very encouraging, moving and heart felt I heartily recommend it

  21. Listened to the audio version.To quote my friend Rick, I would recommend it to anyone who is a alive and b going to die someday If that sounds like you, then you should probably read this book First read July 30, 2014.

  22. This was a great book It wasn t the game changer for me that Notes from the Tilt a Whirl was, but I would recommend it to anyone who is a alive and b going to die someday If that sounds like you, then you should probably read this book.

  23. Witty randomness submitted to an overarching point That s N.D Wilson, and I ve read both of his books in the witty but submitted randomness genre the other being Notes from the Tilt a Whirl, equally good.The point to which Wilsons otherwise random stories and observations are submitted is right in the title Death by Living And it is ultimately a Christian point, though it would be hard for me to sum it up in a sentence I ll still kind of try we re all dying even as we live, our heartbeats cannot [...]

  24. Overall I really enjoyed the book I felt at some points the free flowing proses felt a little funky rather than poetic or profound The book draws a lot on Wilson s personal experiences and that adds a sense of intimacy to the book, but at times it feels like a family history I think Wilson s hope is that by reading his life as a story, others will be inspired to do the same with their own When life is viewed in the story narrative, even the littlest things have meaning and significance, and dea [...]

  25. Some of these essays were much better than others I especially appreciated the emphasis on the combination of smallness and greatness in what it means to be human Also the stories of the nameless people who impacted his grandfather s life in chapter ten The grammar nazi in me wanted to change the title to Living by Dying since that is really the essence of the book we find ourselves only as we give ourselves away , but I guess that doesn t sound clever enough.

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