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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (692 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon Livingston Narrator: James Jenner Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From a psychiatrist who has spent the past 30 years listening to other people's most intimate secrets and troubles comes an eloquent, incisive, and deeply perceptive book about the things we all share, and which every one of us grapples with as we strive to make the most of the life we have left.

After service in Vietnam as a surgeon for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in 1968-69, at the height of the war, Dr. Gordon Livingston returned to the U.S. and began work as a psychiatrist. In that capacity, he has listened to people talk about their lives, what works, what doesn't, and the limitless ways (most of them self-inflicted) that we have found to be unhappy. He is also a parent twice bereaved. In one 13-month period, he lost his eldest son to suicide, his youngest to leukemia.

Out of a lifetime of experience, Livingston has extracted 30 bedrock truths: We are what we do. Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least. The perfect is the enemy of the good. Only bad things happen quickly. Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing. The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas. Livingston illuminates these and 24 others in a series of carefully hewn, perfectly calibrated essays, many of which emphasize our closest relationships and the things that we do to impede or, less frequently, enhance them. Again and again, these essays underscore that we are what we do, and that while there may be no escaping who we are, we also have the capacity to face loss, misfortune, and regret and to move beyond them, that it is not too late. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Arryn | 2/17/2014

    " I wanted this book to be fabulous, but it fell a bit short of my expectations. It's basically comprised of 30 short chapters, each one a treatise on one of 30 "truisms" that Dr. Livingston has discovered through his life's work and experience. Within a span of 13 months, he lost two sons--one to suicide and one to leukemia. He speaks from a unique viewpoint, a cross between grieving parent and pragmatic psychotherapist. Some of the more interesting chapter titles were: "The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas;" "Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least;" "If the map doesn't agree with the ground, the map is wrong;" and "The major advantage of illness is that it provides relief from responsibility." Livingston speaks in a frank, earnest voice. I appreciated much of what he said, but by the end of the book, I was ready for something new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/9/2014

    " I underlined so much I can't loan mine out. Really like his no nonsense style. Wish I'd learned some of these lessons sooner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 6ena | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - some very profound insights. The author has gone through some very traumatic experiences - which in some cases I feel takes away from the purpose of the book. Regardless, this is one of those books you could read more than once and continue to get something from it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason Volle | 2/5/2014

    " Life's lessons revisited. If only the knowledge gained from mistakes could be learned without the mistakes. "

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