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“Death by Living” by N. D. Wilson ~ A Book Review

 Death by Living

“Life is Meant to be Spent”

By

N.D. Wilson

 

N. D. has written a book that will have you reflecting, wondering and perhaps looking at life a bit differently. I believe N. D. captures the very true fact that with every breath we take, we are moving forward to our own death, so why not live each moment to its fullest.

I think for most of us, the idea of thinking about moving toward our own death is something that does not sit well with us. In our culture, we would rather spend our thinking time on other more pleasant things, like life and living.

 

On page 83 N. D. posits: ‘If life is a story, how then shall we live?” Good question and something we all must face. And face it we will . . .it all depends with what attitude we face it.

 

This is a good book, N. D. puts before us very personal stories of life and living, death and dying. I like his style of writing; personable and conversational. If I am to be honest, I do have a criticism. I feel he uses too many clichés. But, of course, this is only my personal taste. His style of writing is folksy at times and perhaps a bit overdone. The other thing that caught me off guard is N. D.’s negative look at Catholicism. I understand that it is his opinion and his own feeling, however, being Catholic myself, I found it a bit unsettling.

 

Don’t misunderstand, there is so much in this book to pull from. There is a richness of information. N. D. gives us a look at our culture and the culture of the days on Jesus. This is something that I really enjoyed.

I would recommend “Death by Living’ because it offers a unique look at how we live, what we find important and how we face each precious moment.

 

Sandy Ozanich

http://www.sandyshopefulroom.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such An Unsettling Time and Other Thoughts

Hi folks,

You know, I have been pondering for days about two things.  The first thing is the decision President Obama is going to make about whether or not to bomb Syria.  What a decision to have to make.

Let me offer my  thoughts on what should happen in this crisis.  I think the only thing that makes sense to me is to stay the heck out of Syria.  If the President decides to bomb Syria I believe it will start a domino effect of violence that we have not seen before.

The scenario I see is more death in a place where many thousands of men, women and children are being slaughtered.  I don’t know who is doing it, but whoever is doing it is trying to entice the United States into a war that will end more innocent lives.  Beyond the American military who will lose their lives, Israel is the target the Syrian president is waiting for.  He or someone in his government has said that if the United States starts bombing Syria, they will “rain down missiles on Israel”.  Israel has been a target for an eternity, they just need an excuse to start bombing them.  If we fall for this enticement, I fear much bloodshed in Syria, Israel and the United States.

We seriously need to beg God to hear our prayers for peace.  God knows how volatile this situation is and how many lives are at stake.

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The next issue I want to address is the death sentence against Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood shooter.  I totally disagree with the death sentence because it is what he wants.  He wants to die a martyr, we should not give it to him.  I believe that God is the arbiter of who lives and who dies.  In fact, in my humble opinion, I believe the worse punishment is to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Let him sit in his jail cell day after day, not being able to walk, to sit and think.  I would cut off all communication with anyone who is from his religious beliefs.  All communication should go through the warden of the Leavenworth Prison.

I know that the families want justice and I understand their need to see a concrete conclusion to these horrific murders, death would soothe them for a time, but it won’t do anything to bring back those precious lives he took.  A death sentence sounds to the families like the proper and just punishment, but to my way of thinking, why give him what he wants???  Give him a proper punishment, make him live out his days thinking about what he has done, to live a life of needing others to do for him what he can no longer do.

I’m not used to writing about such things, but they have been on  my mind and I felt the need to write them down and share my thoughts.

What about you???  What are your thoughts?

Sandy Ozanich (c)

Medicare

David has very good information here. I worry about the new so-called Obamacare coming because I am a double lung transplant recipient as of September 30, 2005. It concerns me because I can see the day coming when I am told that I am too old for a certain procedure or medical practice and will be sent home and left to deal with it on my own.

Right now I must go to the hospital to get a breathing treatment which is designed to help prevent pneumycystic pneumonia. I used to take pills for that, but the pill I took over the course of 5 years started to work against my body, so they prescribed another pill. What I didn’t know until the pharmacist called is that the co-pay for this pill is over $400 a month. I can’t afford that, so I go to the hospital to inhale this nasty medicine that makes you gag and cough because they don’t want to pay for the pill. The visits to the hospital cost over $1,000. . .so help me out, does this sound reasonable?. . .read David’s view here.
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David N Walker

You hear a lot of talk from politicians and bureaucrats about how to curtail the cost of Medicare. They’re all good at crying about it, but they rarely come up with good solid solutions to the problem.

Usually, the first thing they want to do is make it more difficult for people to get the medical care they need. My friend Sheri de Grom posted a blog last week that will make your hair stand up about the way Medicare has treated her in her quest to get much-needed treatment. Click here to see her post.

The next thing on their agenda always seems to be making it more and more difficult for doctors to make a living. I don’t know about brain surgeons, but I know my internist struggles to generate enough income to pay his malpractice insurance, his office help—including the extra personnel it takes to cross all…

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