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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Lipsenthal Narrator: Lee Lipsenthal, Dean Ornish, M.D., Dean Ornish Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9780307969910
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This book is a culmination of what I’ve learned. I hope it will open the door for you to embrace your humanity, accept uncertainty, and live a life of gratitude. —from Enjoy Every Sandwich

As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day.

The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. In the bestselling tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, told with humor and heart, and deeply inspiring, Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dr. Lipsenthal is a profound explorer of our inner and outer worlds. Enjoy Every Sandwich will help you heal your fear of death and embrace the true joy of life’s extraordinary journey. Edgar Dean Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut
  • Often, patients given a terminal diagnosis reach a surprising, transforming conclusion--you have to be ready to die to embrace being alive. But Lee Lipsenthal tells his story with such intimacy and humanity that this paradoxical fact can be accessed even by those who have not (yet) leaned out over the abyss. To deny death is to deny life. Read Enjoy Every Sandwich to know why. Andrew Weil, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Healthy Aging and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health
  • This book is about the lessons one learns on the journey from understanding the experience of life and all its difficulties. It contains the profound wisdom derived from the greatest teacher, our mortality. So read on and learn how to spend your life's precious time with more love and less fear. -Bernie Siegel, M.D., Author of Peace, Love & Healing, and Love, Medicine & Miracles
  • With courage and candor, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal shows us that facing death means facing life: Your own, and the lives of those around you. After his stunning diagnosis of an often-fatal cancer, Dr. Lipsenthal embarks on a journey of bravery, practicality, and humor to guide his way through the greatest of uncertainties. He allows us in, during the dark days and the brighter ones. Let Dr. Lipsenthal be your guide on a journey that, ultimately, all of us will take. Clint Eastwood
  • What if you were not afraid to die? What if the universal fear that makes us small was suddenly gone and you were free? How would you live then? Lee Lipsenthal's beautiful memoir of the first 18 months of his journey with cancer reads at times as a prose poem, at times as a wisdom story and at times as an invitation to the Dance. To read it is to step through a door that opens only one way into a larger life. Of all the books you've read this year, this is the one that will heal you. Rachel Naomi Remen MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings
  • If you want to learn to love with your whole heart, so that when you come to the end of your life you will have no regrets, Lee Lipsenthal's gracious and caring book is for you. In revealing his own struggles, and doing so with remarkable transparency and responsibility, Lee has not just written a book that is filled with grounded inspiration and hard-earned wisdom. He has written a book that you will never forget. John Robbins, Author of Diet for a New America, Healthy at 100, and The New Good Life

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Kachnic | 2/14/2014

    " Nice book and easy read. Life tips we all need "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 2/3/2014

    " Related by a physician who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, this story focuses on how life is best focused on by enjoying the closeness, special moments and fun things we all do each and every day. While this sounds Pollyanna in perspective, this author doesn't leave out the doubt, pain and concern he and those closest to him go through as he walks his path of conventional and alternative healing methods. Lee then suggests that people who are healthy try these "normal" and easy methods to get more out of their lives while enjoying life more. People don't have to wait until they face death to learn to live and for this reason, I recommend the book to everyone who feels they are so overwhelmed by responsibility they have no time to enjoy life. Here are ways to make that time and still meet your responsibilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisha Hanson-Glatzel | 1/31/2014

    " I think I would have enjoyed this more if I, or someone I was close to (god forbid), was going through similar issues. It was good, I liked it, I just kept wondering to myself, why am I reading this???? It's like reading a book for divorcee's when you are happily married. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Gilfillan | 1/22/2014

    " We are blessed with one life and it is up to us to live it to the fullest and make the best of it that we can. But sometimes it's not until we face our death that we most deeply realize how precious this life is. Many thanks to Lee for graciously sharing his insights, even as he struggled with cancer and prepared to depart from this life. His book is a valuable one to read no matter what stage of life we are in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 1/16/2014

    " Dr. Lipsenthal was very much into past lives and alternative therapy. I was hoping for more insight on how to talk with and support people who are dying from cancer. I'll have to keep looking for that book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/4/2014

    " Quick read. Reminds us all to enjoy life because you never know when it will all end. There were some parts of the book that I just didn't quite get but maybe thats just me. All in all a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/8/2013

    " A life changer! I listened to the audio of this and some moments were so poignant as the author was the narrator. Very positive and makes you take stock of your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kecia Lowe | 6/28/2013

    " Excellent!! Well written and riveting story. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would gladly read it again. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amandeep Cattry | 4/30/2013

    " East short read. GIves different perspectives on how life can be perceived on the externally and internally. Well written, recommend it to all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelle | 4/3/2013

    " Written by a doctor who helps others face death without feeling fear as well as his experience with cancer. I like the idea of this more than the actual book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audra Schultz | 2/24/2013

    " Just finished this last week. A very interesting way a person can embrace death and cancer. I wanted to read to gain some insight on what my dad thought, felt when he was diagnosed with only weeks to live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Stewart | 2/12/2013

    " Short book with lots of good ideas about appreciating life before we die. The author wrote the book just prior to his death. I loved his part about gratitude. Some of the author's ideas are new to me, but I learned from them anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/10/2013

    " Valuable advice but a little heart-rending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 11/17/2012

    " What a wonderful read. It made me ponder. Are you living each day with gratitude ? Surrounded with love? Being true to your authentic self? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 2/1/2012

    " This book is changing my life. I am now keeping a "Gratitude" journal and am going to start yoga and meditation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Anderson | 11/23/2011

    " One of the best books I've ready about "Being Present" and enjoying the most of every day. Quick read - worth the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hildy Agustin | 11/14/2011

    " There were some great moments, but a lot of it seemed to be about Lipsenthal sharing his own beliefs related to meditation and Eastern ideals, which didn't feel that relatable to me. "

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About the Narrator

Dean Ornish, MD, is a physician and the multiaward-winning author of numerous scientific reports and books, including the New York Times bestseller Love & Survival. He is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was trained in internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. His research has been published in the leading peer-reviewed medical journals and featured in all major media. He writes a monthly column for Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, and the Huffington Post. He has been a physician consultant to former president Bill Clinton since 1993. He serves as chairperson and member of the boards of directors of several organizations. He has received numerous awards and was recognized by Life magazine as “one of the fifty most influential members of his generation.”