• Death by Living

  • Life Is Meant to Be Spent
  • By: N. D. Wilson
  • Narrated by: N. D. Wilson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (170 ratings)

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Death by Living

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A poetic portrait of faith, futility, and the joy of this mortal life.

In this astoundingly unique audiobook, best-selling author N. D. 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, all of it slides by into the gone as we race to grab at more moments, at more 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.

©2013 Tommy Nelson (P)2013 Canon Press

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Phenomenal non-fiction narrative!

It’s hard to put into words the feelings that this book conjured up. Though Nate Wilson seems to have a gift to put things into words that many of us struggle to describe. The style of writing may be challenging for some. But stick with it—I think the effort will pay off. This is one of the top 10 books that has most impacted my soul.

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What insight!!!

He that lives in the Secret of the Most High shall lodge on the Shadow of the Almighty!
Psalm 91:1 (my translation from the Hebrew)
Hardly a better description of this book.
If you are living under the dark shadow of godless evolution you are truly wallowing in the greatest poverty.

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Epic Word Stories

I hadn’t read anything by N. D. Wilson before this book. The author uses such epic word pictures that I could hardly help but to see his story. I laughed, I cried. I loved it. I love his outlook and his family and really think that Wilson’s love for life in God on display is needed.

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The story

The way his stories encourage you to live your life to the full.
They also make me feel I have time, now, in the present to do it.

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Trying seeing it this way…

A fantastic meditation on living, on dying to self to live well now. Wilson weaves in examples of living well (through recounting times he and his family have lived well and through recounting stories and ways two of his grandparents lived well) and SHOWS us what he’s talking about, rather than just philosophizing about living well.

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Philosophical poetry

I don’t agree with all of the Wilsons’ theology. However, this book and it’s intellectual precursor, Notes From the Tilt-a-whirl, are a breath of fresh air in my philosophical Christian growth. It’s a “street ball”, crash course in pondering how God interacts with His creation. Even when the author is serious, you can still sense the twinkle in his eyes.

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Thoughtful and heartfelt.

Time well spent listening to the author read his book about living joyfully, intentionally, sacrificially.

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Author is narrator

I've read this book before but hearing the author read it was primo. Because he wrote it, he was able to give words and ideas the nuances he intended. N. D. Wilson challenged me to think harder and remember deeper. For what am I grateful?

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Life changing!

Probably the most encouraging book I've ever read in all my life. Thank you, Nathan

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Awesome book

N.D. Wilson great job with this book. Helpful for those whose mind can go into a thousand places and a thousand scenarios, like myself, but never present in the moment. I thank God for you N.D. for encouraging me to live and trust in Gods grace to create and live life. That everything has a purpose and is in Gods control. Really worth the time to listen in this age of anxiety.

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