If you had only one year left to live, what would you do? When Stephen Levine posed this question to himself, it led to a profound, year-long experiment in conscious living that is fully revealed in A Year to Live. Carefully planned as a series of month-by-month practices and meditations, A Year to Live brings the dying process into the full light of awareness. Join this bestselling author and caregiver as he explores: the “deathless nature” contained within each moment of life; why death is never to be feared; the practice of forgiveness; opening to love; and much more.
On New Year's Eve in 1994, Levine and his wife, Ondrea, vowed to live the next year as if it were their last. As a counselor for the terminally ill and author of many works on spirituality and dying, Levine has come to believe that preparing for or "practicing" death reminds one of the beauty of life. In this production of his book (Crown, 1997), Levine himself relates his experiences and emotions in his yearlong experiment in "conscious living." He emphasizes his philosophies about life and death rather than giving a month-by-month account. Drawing on the dogma of many faiths including Buddhism, Native American religions, and Christianity, Levine describes the dying process as a change of state. Laden with New Age terminology, Levine's prose tends to sound stilted. Recommended only where the author has a strong following.Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., Ohio