Reading Corner – When Breath Becomes Air

“I would have to learn to live in a different way, seeing death as an imposing itinerant visitor but knowing that even if I’m dying, until I actually die, I am still living.” – Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air.

The author was a Doctor who becomes the patient. Life played a cruel trick on him by giving him terminal cancer so he could answer his own life long question of “what makes life meaningful and virtuous in the face of death?” He is literally racing against time to complete the manuscript of this book and actually dies before its completion. After culminating all this knowledge, saving lives, losing lives, and loving – he literally loses it all. It was so heartbreaking. I don’t want to give too much away but you will learn the raw truth of what it’s like to answer the calling of becoming a doctor. The weight of the responsibility they have to shoulder. And of course, what it feels like to be dying when it is imminent vs. when you are oblivious to the “when?” aspect of it. It was truly frustrating to see his future and potential being robbed by cancer. Brutally unfair. But, I am so grateful that he wrote this book, so we can experience his bravery and his thought process of life while he was alive. This book is sad but worth the read. Life is short, live while you’re living.

Here is a nice website where you can find out more about this book and the author: http://paulkalanithi.com/

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Reading Corner – The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck

So many days and nights I’ve thought so many thoughts, and I’ve struggled so often to put them into words. I was always afraid someone would misunderstand me, think I’m crazy, or even just ignore the things I was trying to say. Then came along this book, putting into simple terms what I have felt and known for so long. This book talks about love, spirituality, personal growth, spiritual growth and more importantly it speaks of grace. This book is so knowledgeable and so forgiving – you’ll understand when you read it. I wish it neverĀ ended. I even sobbed over the fact that the author, M. Scott Peck, this wonderfully intelligent man is no longer with us on this earth. I wish I had gotten a chance to know him and learn from him. I wish he could’ve been my mentor, guidance, or friend. I definitely recommend this book to everyone but especially to those whose hearts are closed, who are hurting, and those who feel hopeless and stuck – this book has so much to offer for you.

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