Irvin D. Yalom is an author whose bestselling trade books and novels
tell compelling, dramatic, and illuminating stories with which readers
At 74, Yalom has penned a book that is the climax of
his lifework, focusing on the universal human issues of mortality and
death. He suggests that what he calls the “awakening experience” can
help us acknowledge, accept, and utilize our fear of death in a very
positive manner. Such an awakening experience can be as simple as a
dream, or quick as a sudden insight. It is often a loss, a trauma, or
just plain aging that can prompt an awakening experience that is a
turning point for a more meaningful life. He discusses how people can
make lasting changes in their lives, rearrange their priorities,
communicate more deeply with those they love, eliminate interpersonal
fears of rejection, and increase a willingness to take risks for
personal fulfillment and a life filled with love.
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