Category Inspirational

Being Mortal(Unabridged)

Product DetailsBeing Mortal(Unabridged)
by Atul Gawande
Macmillan Audio
Retail Price $14.95
Amazon Price: $14.95

Book Description: 

In Being Mortal, best-selling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: How medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Review

Wow.  This book was enlightening.  I have aging parents and have a deep interest in the topic of elder care.  I want to make sure my parents are comfortable in their old age.  I want to repay them for all they have done me as their child by making sure they die with the greatest amount of dignity possible.  This audiobook was quite an eye opener for me about what really goes on in nursing facilities and other long term care facilities and how modern medicine sometimes fail those who need it most.  The author doesn’t spend time pointing fingers, he just lays out the truth for us to see, ponder, and then apply what we can to our own lives.  His words are honest, but sometimes hard to bear, but they spur us on to help give quality of life to those we love who are aging or suffering from terminal illness, helping them to end their stories on their own terms.   While I wouldn’t say this book is uplifting, I did find it comforting as it inspired me to do right by my parents.

~Reviewed by Pat C.

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    Zen Pencils

     

    Zen Pencils
    By Gaving Aung Than
    Andrews McMeel
    Retail Price $14.99
    Amazon Price: $12.78

    Book Description: 

    Zen Pencils is an exciting and unique new comic form that takes inspirational and famous quotations and adapts them into graphic stories. From icons like Confucius, Marie Curie, and Henry David Thoreau, to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge, to contemporary notables like Ira Glass, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Neil Gaiman—their words are turned into sometimes heartwarming, sometimes sobering stories by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than. Be inspired, motivated, educated, and laugh as you read famous words as never before!

    Gavin Aung Than, an Australian graphic designer turned cartoonist, started the weekly Zen Pencils blog in February 2012. He describes his motivation for launching Zen Pencils: “I was working in the boring corporate graphic design industry for eight years before finally quitting at the end of 2011 to pursue my passion for illustration and cartooning. At my old job, when my boss wasn’t looking, I would waste time reading Wikipedia pages, mainly biographies about people whose lives were a lot more interesting than mine. Their stories and quotes eventually inspired me to leave my job to focus on what I really wanted to do. The idea of taking these inspiring quotes, combining them with my love of drawing and sharing them with others led to the creation of Zen Pencils.”

    Review

    This book by Gaving Aung Than was nothing short of inspirational….and genius!  He takes our favorite quotes and brings them to life with his graphic art and packaged it all in an easy to handle volume.  This was such a clever idea and it is very well done.  He did a fantastic job in picking the quotes he illustrates and presents us with timeless truths to visualize and ponder.  I was very impressed.

    Reviewed by J.Rose

     

     

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      Into the Heart of God

      Into the Heart of God
      By Jean Vanier
      Franciscan Media
      Retail Price $59.99
      Amazon Price: $41.11

      Book Description: 

      This 14-part video series is an exploration into the Gospel of John. By retracing the actual steps through the Holy Land of the events and accounts of this gospel, Vanier recreates a vivid and intimate portrait of what is often called the mystical gospel.

      This series looks deep into the gospel, and in so doing brings viewers further into the heart of God, whose boundless love for humanity manifests itself in the life and times of Jesus. Vanier notes, The Gospel of John is the gospel of relationship, and we will see it is a growing relationship with Jesus. And this is not only the gospel of relationship, but also of transformation…. We will discover through this gospel that human beings need to be gradually transformed to enter into a fullness of love.

      The package includes 14 handouts that clarify and explore each of the videos, and a leader s guide for using the program in a prayer or study session. There is also an audiobook of the program available.

      Review

      This is a fantastic resource for Bible Study.  The Gospel of John is a natural starting place in the to begin to explore the life of Jesus  and an excellent introduction to Bible study in general. Along with the DVD, this kit is full of  resources for leaders and  handouts to share with the class to make learning easy and fulfilling. This is ideal for small groups or personal study alike.  The dvds are really well done and interesting to watch.  I was impressed.

      ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

       

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