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The thirty brief essays in this book by a Columbia Md psychiatrist have wonderfully aphoristic titles: paradox governs our lives, much of what we think we know is untrue, forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves, every snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty, etc. He writes about family, love, grief, growing older, social and moral responsibilities, and his own life experiences, including his service in the military and Vietnam. One essay, "Attachment is the source of all suffering", begins "...
Received this book as part of an "inherited library." A friend of a friend moved away, left the friend their books, and this was one of the books my friend didn't want, so he offered it and others to me. Since I'll read anything, and I have a Little Free Library to keep stocked, I took whatever he offered.I enjoy these short-essay style bits of wisdom. In the same vein as Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, Livingston gives some quality bits of life advice. In some instances, his words helped me clarif...
I love Dr. Livingston's books. There are always several passages that speak to me directly. He reminds me of things I already know but sometimes dont want to face.
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Nice little inspirational read.
Wise, practical, and entertaining. Gordon Livingston was a gifted writer with a deep and principled outlook on life. He has a talent for clearly discussing what actually are true things you need to know to lead a more satisfying and worthwhile life.
I had a hard time relating to this author. I found his tone a little condescending. Some good points, but overall a little preachy.
We have no choice but to keep a goin'.
His stories are insightful and raw. Written as a series of short stories or "lessons" I liked hearing some of the things I would never dare say I thought or felt out loud, someone else has felt too.
A quick and easy to read collection of thirty essays by Livingston, a veteran and a psychologist. For some people, this book will go deep.My favorite part was the chapter on paradoxes.
I read the description and laughed at the phrase "fresh truths". Probably half of the truths inside this book made an appearance in the previous work: "Too soon old, too late smart". Perhaps Livingston felt it was necessary to elaborate on things mentioned in passing.Some define happiness as the ratio between accomplishment and expectations, and it must be noted that both are self-defined. We can be proud of the smallest achievements, if we so choose.We do not release transgressors from accounta...
Using the same short-essay approach that made Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart such a interesting and insightful read, And Never Stop Dancing collects 30 observations about how we live and relate to one another, distilling the wisdom of Dr. Livingston's experiences as a psychiatrist and a student of the human condition.I am not usually a fan of self-help books. What makes this one stand out is its clear-eyed outlook and direct, unadorned style. Livingston does not hold to simple remedies to complex
Good inspiration, I would say a lot of wisdom from lifetime experience. I would recommend. Writing down quotes from the different books I read, I wrote 23 of them for this one, that is quite a lot! So for sure I would say that I found something in this book.However, not being american, at time, I did not feel the same calling ... a bit moralist, certainly someone who is still angry at his government (Bush was President at the time of writing the book). Yes, we all know that Vietnam was a BIG mis...
Though there were little nuggets of interesting insights, I found great swarths of this book, and its predecessor, largely useless. As others have described, many chapters were largely repetitive, espoused subjective experience as fact or were just personal stories that seemed to have no connection to a larger point. Livingston's commentaries on the futility of war, the responsibility of nations and how he found meaning after the death of his sons I found particularly fascinating and worthwhile
OK, but way too much repetition of similar ideas from the first book (Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart). Also, the chapter titles (things to "know") often don't correspond completely with the content; at times the writing seems to veer off topic. Many chapters were somewhat lacking in structure and cohesiveness.Nevertheless, there are some gems of wisdom throughout the book (and in the previous book) that are worth knowing.
"Choose you partner VERY carefully; take care of your children; don't be worried by a divorce, just do it; don't parent if you are a step-parent; enjoy your old age; die gracefully".... these are few suggestions which the author has given in this book. The book seems like a senior citizen (who happens to be a psychiatrist too) sitting on a bench in a park, reflecting on his life. Nothing impressive.I like the title of the book though. That is quite inspiring.
I enjoy reading these sort of books...inspirational, how to be happy and kind etc...how to enjoy life. You only have to learn one new little thing and it is worth the read. This book in particular is easy to read...short chapters which one can read on their own without having to read the whole book.
This isn't a story it's simply inspiration an understanding, written by someone who has seen a fair bit and understands the human mind. i like books like this. who doesn't need a little bit more inspiration or knowlegde in their life
Interesting perspectives from a man that has many life experiences and a window into human behavior through his career choice. These are truly aspects in everyones lives and things we should all be contemplating. Good read!
The chapters are short but each brings an intriguing story endured by Livingston's personal life.( He is a master at story telling.) I consider this book authentic and very grounded. It brings consciousness and awareness through the defining lens of experience and age.
While there were some chapters I disagreed with, the overall text is a concise read with practical counsel. I've adopted the method of creating my own obituary (despite being 22 years young) which will be routinely updated throughout my entire life.
I loved it. I'm currently reading the prequel to this book, and am surprised to find that I don't love it as much.
Great self-contained chapters make it easy to break up the reading and digest the thoughts. Keep it on the nightstand!
The sequel to Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart and it's just as genius! Everything I said about that one applies to this one too!
I don't know what it was about this book but I had a hard time getting through it, something about him bugged me. Oh well, you win some you lose some :) I might try reading again at a later stage.
This sequel is also terrific. Get these books; they increase emotional intelligence significantly.
Beautiful read!It was fresh in insight, love, humor and wisdom.And I'll never stop dancing..
Good book. Lots of good advice.
Very informative. Enjoyed another Gordon Livingston book!
Read first time on 5/26/10.