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At the age of 74, best-selling author Irvin Yalom turns his attention to one of the great human questions: our fear of death. He suggests that what he calls the 'awakening experience' can help us acknowledge, accept, and make use of our fear of death in a positive manner. These awakening experiences often follow a loss, a trauma, or the death of a loved one, illness or just growing old. Yalom shows us how such an awakening can be the turning point for a more meaningful life.
This is a practical and tremendously useful book that includes methods and techniques for dealing with the most prevalent kinds of fear: anxiety that is hidden and appears to us as other problems in our lives. Dr. Yalom argues that once we confront our own mortality, we are inspired to rearrange our priorities, communicate more deeply with those we love, appreciate more keenly the beauty of life, and increase our willingness to take the risks necessary for personal fulfillment.
©2010 Irvin D. Yalom (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Maria Karczewska on 09-27-16

must read

Life would be so much easier if everyone read books like this one.
definitely worth your credit.

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By David Harvey on 01-01-16

Yalom never disapoints

What did you like most about Staring at the Sun?

Yalom is able to be honest and open about himself as a therapist and a person

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't name an exact character but every one made a point and got a message across

Any additional comments?

If you liked this you will love 'Love's Executioner'. Yalom writes so well. As a counsellor I have found reading Yalom to be inspiring.

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By Amanda on 12-17-16

Existentialism therapy surrounding death

I recommend this book to all counsellors, therapists , and psychiatrists; especially students.
This is a book I will revisit many times, as the messages are profound and need to be listened to more than once or twice.
I have a newly merging view about death, and this is due to Irvin Yalom's insightful existential therapy. His opinions which he has gained from , and through his experiences and friendships over many decades is intriguing to say the least.

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By Simone on 05-17-15

Yalom grasps the human condition

Beautiful narration and case studies made this book truly come alive.

A personal book that touched me greatly and helped me as a person/therapist.

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