- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bluebird (23 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447292871
- ISBN-13: 978-1447292876
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully Hardcover – 23 Mar 2017
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I have worked in the field of death and dying close to Frank and this book represents the distillation of many years of his efforts. He shows us that if you are to die consciously, there's no time like the present to prepare. This book is a loving, compassionate reminder that the best preparation for death is a life fully lived (Ram Dass, author of the bestseller Be Here Now)
Frank is a pioneer in mindful care at the end of life. He embodies the wisdom and compassion he shares in these magical and compelling pages. You feel it instantly, because it is real, and it is really about you and your life (Jon Kabat-Zinn founder of MBSR Author, Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses)
Frank Ostaseski has brought together wisdom and compassion in his life and his long years of work with the dying. We will all be enriched, inspired, and edified by his extraordinary book on how facing death can enrich our life (Joan Halifax Roshi, Ph.D., Founder & Abbot, Upaya Zen Center)
Exquisitely profound and gut-wrenchingly real, I'm not sure a wiser book has been written in the digital age. Frank's storytelling helped me to see that to step fully into life we need to embrace death as an adventure rather than an adversary (Chip Conley Author, The New York Times bestseller, Emotional Equations Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, AirBnB)
The Five Invitations is a remarkable book, one that is deeply needed by all of us. Five invitations to live our lives fully, in the present, all the way through. Frank Ostaseski, whose journey spans over three decades of creating and participating in the hospice movement, imparts timeless wisdom that should inform our every day: How to embrace uncertainty and live with joy, peace and acceptance. This is not a book about death, it's a book about life and living. Buy it, Share it, Live it - I know I will (Henry S. Lodge M.D. Robert Burch Family Professor of Medicine co-author Younger Next Year series)
Frank inspires us to live with joy by fully embracing all facets of life including our dying. With heartfelt compassion and wisdom gathered over 30 years as a Buddhist teacher and hospice founder he helps us understand that love matters most (Chad-Meng Tan, Google's "Jolly Good Fellow” and author of Joy on Demand and Search Inside Yourself)
Frank Ostaseski speaks with clear wisdom and deep compassion. Sharing stories and insights from his decades of working with people at the very end of their lives, his ultimate revelation has to do with how meaningful, in both our living and our dying, is the capacity to be open to and present in grace. His words offer much worthy of contemplation and his service to all of us is worthy of deep respect (Kathleen Dowling Singh Author, Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die and The Grace in Aging: Awaken As You Grow Old)
As a physician and neurosurgeon, I have learned that those who have truly lived are those that understand death as an integral part of life. In Frank Ostaseski's profound book, The Five Invitations, he shares this reality, giving us insights and wisdom on the nature of dying but more importantly on how to truly live (James R. Doty, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery, Founder and Director of the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism, and New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop)
This is a gem of a book! With a lifetime of inspiring service and deep spiritual wisdom to draw from, Frank Ostaseski has given us all a gift straight from the heart. The lessons shared in The Five Invitations are valuable to people at any phase of life. Whether facing your own imminent death or that of a loved one, coping with crisis, or simply looking to embrace and enjoy life more fully, you will find the wisdom offered in these pages inspiring and enlightening (James Baraz, Author of Awakening Joy: Ten Steps to Happiness, Co-founding teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center)
How to die and how to be with the dying are questions everyone faces. Here are sharp, insightful answers from one of the great end-of-life counselors (Stewart Brand, Creator, Whole Earth Catalog)
The co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project and pioneer behind the compassionate care movement shares an inspiring exploration of the lessons dying has to offer about living a fulfilling life.See all Product description
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There are many end of life stories in the book, but it is never depressing or sad. The author's own capacity to "be with" whatever arises shines through and through this our own fears and aversion to death can be held gently and with compassion. The way he has worked with his own life experiences serve to show how it is possible to make space for even the most difficult or challenging of circumstances, and allow them to break us open in to our full humanity, which is not always pretty or tidy.
This book is a total delight from start to finish and the wisdom, light and compassionate presence of the author shines through on every page. Don't be put off by the sub title, this is about life in all its glory. Jump right in......
Don't be put off by what you might think this is about, I found the cover a little misleading - this is first and foremost a celebration of life. Frank uses death, as my old Sgt. Major would say - "to concentrate minds", and he does it better than any person I know.
This book contains some hard earned wisdom and if you wonder how spirituality might apply practically to our everyday lives, this is the book to get.
Also, to echo previous reviews, don't be put off that this is a book that looks at dying - it is much more about how to live fully according to five basic principles, all of which make perfect sense.
If you are wondering what spirituality is about, without the mumbo jumbo, or how mindfulness and compassion apply to living, do read this.
I recommend very few books on spirituality unreservedly - this is now at the top of the list.
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