Death By Living

 

Death By Living

Paul's Goodreads Review

A brilliant book, so beautifully written, blending thoughts on life, death, love, time, growing old, and Christ.
 

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Even in adults, stories groom instincts, and instincts control loyalties, and loyalties shape choices. But growth is harder for adults

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One can imaginatively experience all kinds of things and still fall absolutely flat when it comes to paint those things with words.

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God has seen and God has said. His imagination is bone-shaking and soul-shivering, and He has never groped for words to capture (and be) those things. He imagined galaxies and clogged drains and sharks and harmonies and emotions and running and villains and foes and fungus and that heavy marriage of airs that we call water that can skips rocks a... View Quote


Stories are the closest our words can ever come to being made flesh—gifts unwrapped in the imagination

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The school years escalate in difficulty and multiply in temptation. Add sports and friends and hormones and petty power structures. You can now sit in huge chunks of hurtling metal, taking the lives of every one of your passengers and every passenger in every passing chunk of metal and every passing pedestrian and every passing bicyclist into yo... View Quote


Nails are forged for pounding. Man is born to trouble. Man is born for trouble. Man is born to battle trouble. Man is born for the fight, to be forged and moulded—under torch and hammer and chisel—into a sharper, finer, stronger image of God.

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Jesus was born in a motel barn. To a teenage mother still slandered to this day. To an adoptive father who many believed (and believe) to have been a cuckolded nitwit. Jesus, the Word made physical, the Man born for trouble we cannot comprehend, was placed in a trough. He would trigger (but escape) a genocide. And he was just getting started. He... View Quote


If life is a story, how shall we than live?
It isn’t complicated (just hard).
Take up your life and follow Him. Face trouble. Pursue it. Climb it. Smile at its roar like a tree planted by cool water even when your branches groan, when your golden leaves are stripped and the frost bites deep, even when your grip on this earth is... View Quote


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