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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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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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Has it all

The story has an hour. Heart wrenching, toughness, funny, perspective. A must read . The finish line Gives us focus.

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Inspiring

Death is not the enemy. No. Not living is the enemy. This book is a great reminder to us all to press into each day.

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Glorious Simplicity

Life: What the heck is it? A drama, a dance, a silent plodding along, or a waltz into nothingness? N.D. Wilson masterfully lifts the curtain on our existence. It is both heartbreaking, and laugh-out-loud funny. I want to read it again and again.

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The poetry of life

This is a beautiful picture of our struggle called life. Thanks so much N. D!

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“Live hard. Die grateful.”

My first Audible book as well as my first N.D. Wilson book. I loved it. I laughed, cringed,teared up, all the emotions. It’s a great book.

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This was my “gateway” book

ND Wilson speaks to life, the highs and lows that accompany it, and the God-glorifying beauty of purposeful living. As a teenager I lost my love for reading. A friend in college recommended this book to me, so I read for the first time in years. After reading this book, I slowly but surely, and then with greater frequency into consistently immersed myself in books. After six years of re-learning to love reading, I thoroughly enjoyed Wilson’s work even more than I did the first time.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.