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Publisher's Summary

Die Wise does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death at the center of the discussion and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever.
Dying well, Jenkinson writes, is a right and responsibility of everyone. It is not a lifestyle option. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation all people owe their ancestors and their heirs. Die Wise dreams such a dream and plots such an uprising. How we die, how we care for dying people, and how we carry our dead: This work makes our capacity for a village-mindedness - or breaks it.
©2016 Stephen Jenkinson (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Stephen Jenkinson's elegant and sorrow-freighted book brings prophetic insight rather than pastoral affirmations. A true story-man, Jenkinson paints image after image on the cave wall of his parchment. Die Wise is a formidable body of work, road-tested in ways most of us hope never to know about." (Dr. Martin Shaw, author of Snowy Tower: Parzival and the Wet, Black Branch of Language)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kate on 12-22-16

Wonderful book!

I feel that this book should be listened to rather than read. It is read by the author who is a gifted storyteller.

I purchased the book out of curiosity and not expecting much from it because I love to listen to fiction and most of my non-fiction reading is more along the lines of essay.

As soon as I started listening to this book, I was entranced and mesmerized. I could not stop listening. I am now almost finished and as soon as I am I will begin again as I want to glean every bit of knowledge, wisdom and wonder from it as I can.

It may seem that this might be a scary or disturbing book as it is concerned with what is considered a very dark and dismal aspect of life which we all take great pains to avoid until we have no other choice. However, I found, curiously, that it calmed me down immensely and I love listening to it. I cannot explain why except to say that it brought me home to myself.

I am no great writer or communicator which is why I rarely write reviews but in this case I really want to encourage everyone to listen to it as it will possibly help to bring us all home.

... do listen to this long story that slowly unwinds the truths of our species. I think you won't regret it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jjac on 08-28-16

Great listen

Any additional comments?

Its a great book to listen. I didn't rush and even repeated some chapters in order to properly soak in what the author was saying. I challenge you to exercise patience and listen to the whole book without rushing. :)

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By Eala on 01-05-18

Subtle and superb

Beneath the apparent initial grumpiness, the occasional obtuseness, and the poetry, there is a great depth of wisdom and emotional intelligence here. Treasures await, for one willing to dig patiently.

Jenkinson is a superb storyteller, and thus he carried me with him, through the slow or heavy parts, to the parts that shone astonishingly, and moved me to tears - sobs of recognition, exclamations of wonder, and entirely new ways of thinking about death, and living, and loving, and remembering, and grieving...

There is no adequate way to write a short review for this extraordinary book. You can find long reviews that go into detail and do it some justice if you search the Internet a little.

I have filled my copy with bookmarks and notes, have revisited the best bits often, and will listen again many times in the years to come. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Owain Greville on 11-04-17

amazing. best book of 2017 so far..

loved it .hit the spot for me.get this awesome book. it's well worth reading ..

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert Stockton on 03-19-18

A MUST read.

Words can not come close to the wisdom in this book. This is required reading!

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By Amazon Customer on 08-03-17

Deep Wisdom

Beautifully narrated by the author, giving the message in this book the clarity it deserves. A must read for everyone who is or who will die and anyone who attends the dying.
This is a thought provoking and challenging book. I will listen and read it again.

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