How to Be Sick

  • by Toni Bernhard
  • Narrated by Deon Vozov
  • 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers is a life-affirming, instructive, and inspiring book about living gracefully and purposefully with the challengesfaced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The audiobook contains over two dozen tools and practices to help people live skillfully and to find equanimity and joy despite the profound changes in their lives. A recurring theme in the audiobook is that, although our bodies may be in pain or otherwise disabled, our minds can be at peace. The book is Buddhist-inspired but is non-parochial; it is intended to help everyone.
Until she had to retire due to illness, Toni Bernhard was a law professor for 22 years at the University of California-Davis, serving six years as the law school's dean of students. She had a longstanding Buddhist practice and co-led a weekly meditation group with her husband. How to Be Sick won the 2011 Nautilus Gold Book Award in Self-Help/Psychology and was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Spirituality and Practice. Her new book is titled How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow. She can be found online at


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Customer Reviews

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The BEST book for chronic suffers

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Be Sick?

This is probably the best book I've purchased so far. The narration fits perfectly with the contents. It is so gentle, encouraging and reminds us to always love ourselves and not blame ourselves for our suffering. It is like drinking a calming tea, so soothing to my soul. I would give it 10 stars if I could.

What does Deon Vozov bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is such a talented narrator. Her voice is healing and genuine. Just listening to her voice puts me at ease.

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- Brooke

A Buddhist view of Chronic illness

What made the experience of listening to How to Be Sick the most enjoyable?

I love the content of this book. Originally, I bought the paperback version, but I wanted to enjoy it again with less effort. With the audio version, I was able to passively enjoy this book all over again. It was a wonderful experience.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book really gave me new perspective of my illnesses and how I react to the situations that come about due to it. Instead of suffering, I have learned to find the positive through the experience.

Any additional comments?

It helps to have knowledge of the Buddhist Philosophy before reading this book.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2013
  • Publisher: Toni Bernhard