Monday, October 24, 2011

Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty by Neil Hanson

Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty

Author: Neil Hanson

Publisher: High Prairie Press                  

Published: May 2010

ISBN: 9780982639108

Paperback, 132 pgs.

Book Description:
In this story told in the first-person form of a letter from a middle-aged man to his deceased father, Hanson invites us to journey with him through the final days of the father’s life, finding a magical transition waiting at the end of that journey. The story weaves end-of-life reality and spiritual questioning into a sensitive and revealing tapestry of Truth and Wisdom. The tapestry is colored with true stories of mystical experiences that inform the spiritual path of the son.

Most of us will face difficult and painful end-of-life decisions with the most important people in our lives. The threads of this aspect of the story are sensitive, and Hanson reveals the struggles and destinations of the son as he wrestles deeply with the journey that he must walk in making these decisions for his dying father.

My Thoughts:
When I first started reading Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty, I found it hard to get into.  Although the author explains why he uses the spelling G_d instead of God throughout the book, and also explains using interchangeable gender references when referring to God, these were the things that I found distracting.

As each person reads this book, they will probably each take away something different from it.  No two people are on the same life's journey, so no two people are looking for the same thing when dealing with the loss of a loved one or the need for a spiritual connection to God.  We all need to have a sense of peace and understanding when dealing with loss.

What I took from reading Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty is that I need to write my letters to my loved ones while they are still here on earth.  I want to have no regrets with any of the important relationships in my life. 

Neil Hanson lives and works in Colorado. Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty is his first book. He blogs actively and writes articles for periodicals. He is an avid outdoorsman, passionate about hunting and fishing. He spends a great deal of time bicycling the roads and trails of Colorado, and backcountry skiing in winter. His passion for gardening spills over into a joint venture with his oldest son, where they operate a landscaping and construction company in Colorado.

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Mayra Calvani said...

Good luck with nanowrimo, Susanne! I'm also participating this year. :-)


Stephen Tremp said...

How very true about getting things right with loved ones now. When they're gone, they're gone. Relationships are the most important gift we can give and receive.

Tribute Books said...

Susanne, I hope you are feeling much better. Thanks for beautifully pointing out the important message at the heart of Neil's book.

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like a very interesting read.

Feel better!

Neil said...

Thanks so much for the review Susanne - I appreciate it!


Lynda R Young said...

Totally agree it's important to get right with loved ones. Regret can be a terrible thing.

Joylene said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing, Susanne & Neil. Really intrigued.

alexia said...

Sounds like a deep read! Very intriguing.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks for the review. Life and death are such hard topics to write about.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Mayra! Good luck to you, too. This will be my second year attempting NaNoWriMo.

Hi Stephen, thanks for stopping by!

Hi Nicole. I'm feeling much better, thank you!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Talli, thanks for stopping by!

Hi Neil, thanks for the chance to read your book and thanks for stopping by!

Hi Lynda, thanks for stopping by!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Joylene, thanks for stopping by!

Hi Alexia, thanks for stopping by!

Hi Sharon, I totally agree with you. Thanks for stopping by!

Suzanne said...

This sounds like an interesting book.
I just started reading Death with Dignity by Robert Orfali, a non-fiction book.

Good luck with NaNoWriMo.

I found you on the Book Lovers Bloghop and I have followed you.

Maybe you will consider following me, thanks

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Nice review, Susanne. This sounds like a beautiful and thought provoking story. And you're so right about letting our family and friends know how much we love them while we can.

Jemi Fraser said...

Good review! Thanks :)


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