© and (P)Stephen Levine, 1997; Cover Design by Mary Schuck; Cover Photograph © Art Becker/Photonica
Stephen Levine has been a leading voice in the hospice movement and draws on his wealth of experience with death and dying to share his insights in this book. In a culture that shuns talk and exploration into death and how it relates to life, it was refreshing to hear this man speaking sincerely and passionately about how contemplation of death can bring more meaning and focus to life. At first the idea of "pretending" to have only one year to live seemed silly and not much use, but he has a way of explaining his thoughts and giving exercises which have helped to open new areas in my life.
Though his reading at first seems slow and deep, it had a way of drawing me in and opening me to his ideas.
I recommend this book to anyone who feels like their spiritual life could use a jump start. This is a good practice.
When I started the book, I waited with baited breathe for the author to launch into the specifics of living for a year like I was dying. But that was the disappointment of a lifetime. The author with his powerful voice of wisdom declined to get into specifics like I needed to hear. Maybe he wrote the book for people unlike myself, who like to be shown the how, when, and why. Maybe I'll write the book, and find out why the specifics were not called for after all.
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