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Death by Living

Life Is Meant to Be Spent
Narrated by: N. D. Wilson
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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A must read!

Mr. Wilson skillfully had me laughing through one of the most profound books I have recently read.

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An eye-opening view of life, family, and Jesus

Beautiful words beautifully (and occasionally humorously) spoken like these and medicine to my busy soul.

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Life submitted to the perplexities of another man’s faith.

N.D. Wilson’s children’s lit is what first made me pick up his non-fiction. I have found it to be absorbing and meditative to listen to while mothering my kids. It makes me want him to write a book from his wife’s perspective. Strike that maybe he can convince her to write one. This dust mote really would be happy with anything, as God’s sunlight hits me though this book during arsenic hour. Thanks Mr. Wilson.

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Gratitude at it's best

This book is one of the best Christian living books to be found. So inspiring to live life by pouring it out and in gratitude for the blessings of God.

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Phenomenal

Eye opening. Beautiful. Convicting. Honest. I’m going to share this gem with family and friends; followers of Christ or rebels that I love, though very lacking awe of their Creator, their Author. Thank you, ND Wilson.

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Buy It Now And Pat Attention

Loved this book. A must read for believers. Seeing life through Wilson’s lens will help you see God’s working in your life as part of the great Story.

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THE BEST!!

Such delicious words to describe life. If only I could call them up to my mind's front and center at a moment's notice....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-18

Makes me want to go and die by living.

Brilliantly read.

Moving, funny, inspiring, artful.

Especially loved the biographical elements, and the baseball boy bit.

The End!

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  • Simon Paul Kennedy
  • 12-21-18

loved it!

Wow! This book is beautiful, funny, tear- provoking and inspiring. It is real about life and makes me want to live well and with gratefulness.