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on 11 October 2013
This is the first book by N.D. Wilson that I have read and he certainly stands out as unique in both style and substance. His vocabulary and literary style presents a welcome change to many of the books I normally read. He manages to mix non-fiction, engaging narrative and theological richness in a books that I would mark out as unique. Having said all of this, Death by Living is not the kind of book you can read whilst doing something else, my full attention was necessary to gain the full richness of this work.

In summary, Wilson takes the reader on a journey of what life can be if we refocus our purpose and start living. Life is meant to be spent and according to Wilson that focus is gained by recognising we're first dying. I suppose some might read this and think of it as somber and negative, yet Wilson paints a picture of the joy our reality can become if we place it in perspective

This quote stuck out to me:

"Lay your life down. Your heartbeats cannot be hoarded. Your reservoir of breaths is draining away. You have hands, blister them while you can. You have bones, make them strain. They can carry nothing to the grave. You have lungs, let them spill with laughter

I enjoyed this book, I found it different and sometimes difficult to read, but would definitely read future works by N.D.Wilson and go back and read Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl.
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on 31 August 2013
My review:

This is my first book written by N. D. Wilson and after reading it, I will probably read all his other books as well. It was THAT good.

Death by Living is an ode for life. I guess many of you know the saying "Nothing is certain but death and taxes". Let's leave taxes out of this review and concentrate on death... and life. This book is about nothing but living your life spending it to maximum and not wasting any minute of it. It's about laughing from you heart, enjoying the very small things in your life, it's about understanding your life and being happy.

I loved how N. D. Wilson was writing it. Even though it's a non-fiction book, Wilson is extremely talented storyteller. You learn about author's family by small and funny stories and it is greatly inspiring. It is thought-awakening and touching and funny in the same time. When I started reading it, I was expecting some serious topics and serious talks, but this book was very different. Yes, it touches serious topics and deals with what is the most appreciated thing on earth - our own lives, but he does it with such a respect and lightness which leaves you with positive feelings and clarity. I read it during few hours and was surprised that it was as captivating as any other good book I love. It's brilliantly written!
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on 9 October 2013
This book writes the words we ( or certainly I feel) but perhaps didn't know we feel. It uses poetry and beauty to talk about some of the hardest parts of life to swallow. Sacrifice and death and living meaningfully. It was a joy to read and will make life sweater for the reading. Not only that, but maybe, just maybe we will leave tracks in the snow that will give meaning to others. Enjoy!
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on 19 November 2014
Tried hard to read this but found it quite difficult to get into. Title looked interesting and was hoping it would make me think. I will give it another try.
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This little book is an amazing mix of theology, philosophy, memoir, pense and story. The main premise is that we really live by spending our life. They paint is brought home to us again and again through different vignette's. Wilson is open and transparent. He shares his struggles, joys and disappointments. Both Tolkien and Lewis believe that stories were truth in as much as they taught and showed us that there is more than what we see. Wilson has managed to extend that insight by sharing his own stories. Also Madeliene L'Engle stated "I am using myth in its ancient meaning - That which was true, that which is true, that which will be true, that strange truth which is as elusive as home." Wilson has shared his myth and how he uses myth making to give life more meaning and unravel the meaning in life.

This book was an amazing read! I have started only giving 5 start ratings to books I would like to read again, or books I look forward to sharing with my children. This book falls into both categories. So give it a chance.
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