Is this really how I want to live my life?
Each one of us at some point asks this question. The tragedy is not that life is short, but that we often see only in hindsight what really matters.
In what was her first book on life and living, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross joined with David Kessler to guide listeners through the practical and spiritual lessons we need to learn so that we can live life to its fullest in every moment. Many years of working with the dying showed the authors that certain lessons come up over and over again. Some of these lessons are enormously difficult to master but even the attempts to understand them can be deeply rewarding. Here, in 14 accessible chapters, from the "Lesson of Love" to the "Lesson of Happiness", the authors reveal the truth about our fears, our hopes, our relationships, and above all, about the grandness of who we really are.
What disappointed you about Life Lessons?
Okay, this is my second attempt to get through a Kubler-Ross book, I thought with a co-author the book might have a different angle other that the ultimate orientation to Christianity. I got through more than half the book but I used one of the messages in the book and said, "life is too short to waste my time with something I'm not enjoying" so I stopped listening to it. I have no objection to the messages the authors are attempting to convey but its done in such a narrow veil of God and religion that I feel tricked. Plus, whilst the performance is going on, there are no references to back up claims made in the book. I believe that this book and other books like it are valuable to a specific audience and should be labeled as religious books! Audible, you're on notice. . . !
Has Life Lessons turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, this is my field of study.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I don't usually 'love' books actually.
Any additional comments?
I'll be returning this one.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I can't even imagine.
Would you ever listen to anything by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler again?
I have no problem with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Gabrielle de Cuir did a fantastic job reading her work. David, however, should not read or write on the subject. His words are littered with cliches and platitudes. Worse, he uses "absolutes" constantly. I had to fast forward to the small sections when Gabrielle was reading Elisabeth's words to find some enjoyment of this work.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I felt like David was preaching at me the entire time - not in a good way.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Frustration and extreme disappointment. I found myself yelling at the car radio as I was driving and listening. David should step outside of his small circle and study some good writers and learn more about how the brain works.
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This book along with another book co-authored by David Kessler and Louise Hay, came my way at a time of heart break, pain and grief. When I lost someone I lived and one that I imagined is the one for my life. At the hardest times to cope with this reality and understanding the possible reasons behind what had happened, these books found me and I found them. I have and I will be listening to them again and again. While not a religious person, I found the lessons and guiding here most helpful. Thank you David Kessler, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, Louise Hay, and my friend and my counsellor who somehow had a helping hand in directing me to find these books. Thank you Amazon and Audible! Lots of love
The only "lesson" in this exstremely preachy book is: "Trust in God, and do not bother to ask why".
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Sorry but I don't write reviews because it's a one way thing and I don't even know if anyone cares about my thoughts..
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