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Things I’ve Learned from Dying by David R. Dow

things i've learned from dyingDavid Dow’s non-fiction book takes us on a journey through life from the perspective of dying. The beginning of the book describes Dow’s journal of his father-in-law’s battle with cancer, which prompted him to further examine the act of dying.  He details the process of how people really live once they realize their days are numbered.  Then, as a defense attorney by trade, Dow works with people on death row in Texas.  Since Texas executes more people than any other state, he encounters numerous failed attempts to save the convicts whose days are numbered to the day/hour/minute.  In the third story he offers us the life of his loyal and longtime companion – a Doberman named Winona.  Each example offers a different perspective of life through dying.

The journey David Dow takes you on has its high and low points, especially for a reader who may have experienced one of the situations.  I felt a chill and a tear at more than one chapter in the book. The three part story follows a chronological approach – Beginnings – Middles – Endings. Each Part conveys a distinct change in the life/dying process.

When I started this book, I was unsure how the story would unfold. It was not as I expected, but certainly enjoyable.  While the writing is easy to follow, the topics can oftentimes be difficult to handle.  The end has a twist you may not expect; sometimes you do get another chance.

– Chris

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