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Dying was the best thing that ever happened to me

Published by Hachette Australia
RRP  $22.95

In the realm of life’s lessons – how to be, how to live, how to be happy – the real teacher is the journey of life itself. We intuitively know that.

Sure you can hear a sermon, read a book (or several), note a parable in a movie (if one is discernable) – but experience beds it all down.

But have you ever been changed in this “school of hard knocks”? Has the lesson helped or hindered?

It depends how we internalize it right? Or maybe we just can’t change until something catastrophic threatens …

This book (sure – despite what I’ve just noted) hits you right in the emotionoplexes!

Dr. Hablitzel; paramedic, medical practitioner and medical teacher, recounts for us what he has learnt about goodness, happiness and joy (life forces) from his patients – particularly those that are dying.

His writing style is engaging and effortlessly readable and the centre of attention is his teachers – his clients, you and I. Clearly he values this teaching very highly.

I have to tell you that I couldn’t put this book down (and trust me, I routinely do).

Don’t expect a traditional Christian treatise, we don’t find out if Dr Hablitzel even goes to church until quite late – but God as serendipity you will see from page 1.

Accordingly this book is great for all of us who need to soften the hard exteriors we easily build – being a Christian notwithstanding!

Let the book speak as some fine tuning to that which God intends – life in abundance – even unto death.

Reviewed by Michael Hewson of The Hills