Each of us long to make a difference and make the most of the life God has given us. Too many times we are waiting for the right time to come along to do so. What if that time never does come and circumstances are never perfect? All we are promised is the moment we are living in right now. Today is the day we can begin living the life God created us to live and make the most of every moment we have left.
The authors begin with encouraging the reader to truly live the dash (the mark that will be on our headstone between our birth and death), making the most of each day and living our lives with meaning. In the first chapter, the author asks a pointed question--why can't we all live our lives more like we are dying? If you knew you only had thirty days to live, you would make contact with those you love and make certain those relationships were on solid ground. You would forgive those who had wronged you and not worry about what tomorrow may bring. You would find joy in the everyday little things you do (well, maybe not cleaning the bathroom!). Why do we wait until we are dying to live this kind of life? Would our lives not be much more joyous and fulfilling if we looked at every day as if it might be our last? We each can choose what we do with the days God has given us and we also choose the attitude with which we perform those tasks and activities.
There are hundreds of self-improvement books on the bookstore shelves. What makes this one different? The book is divided into four sections--one for each week of the month: Live Passionately, Love Completely, Learn Humbly, and Leave Boldly. Each section has 7 - 8 chapters which focus on the topic and each challenge you to examine your life and give practical ways you can begin to live a transformed life. While no book is a fix-all, I do like the way the authors chose to set it up so that one chapter applies to each day of the month and could be used as a suplement to your devotional since not a great deal of scripture is used. Nothing in the book is "new under the sun" but each thought is a good reminder to the reader to live each moment as if it were your last, love others in a way that will make a difference in your life and theirs, and living a life that will make the world a better place.
While not one of the best I've read, this book does provide reminders of what is truly important in life we need at times and is an easy read. That may bother some readers who are looking for more depth and meat than One Month to Live may give them.
I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and was not obligated to provide a positive review.