Reviewed by Poppy Johnson
Death by Living opens with a tongue in cheek shout-out to every category of stressed-out people out there: tired mothers, young politicos, Christian youths, faithless sinners, and so on. We can all relate to this and we all feel burned out at one time or another with the burdens of just living day to day. The book then moves on to stories of strength, hope and triumph from the author’s perspective. These stories include his relationship with God, his development of one true self, and his philosophy on living to die, or living well to die for others (which is a nobler cause in the end).
There are sixteen chapters which feature the author’s life experiences, and delve into his personal story and family bonds. Some of the stories are predictable, and are generally spoken from the heart to give the reader insight and lessons on how to relish time and live a fuller life. Many of the stories have a final reference to the Creator as a higher power, and they weave around in roundabout ways to tell a second or third lesson that the reader can relate to on some level. The reader will find that the book is easy to digest, but I am not a fan of the stream of consciousness writing technique (with two or one word sentences such as “Dos,” or “The grind”.) I need a bit more formality with the writing that I read, but the author’s point is that it is time to slow down and realize that our lives are slipping away without our having paid attention. This is a point well taken, and it is one that I do admit we should all consider heeding sooner than later.
The book definitely references a God-centered end journey for the author, but includes no companion scriptures (which is too bad). It is recommended for anyone who likes personal journey types of books, and is easy to read in multiple sittings. It could be also used as a discussion book for bible study if the readers are willing to provide their own companion scripture texts.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.