When Breath Becomes Air should be required reading for all humans. This book is a quick, smooth read, but one that leaves the reader changed. When I completed this book, I was on a public transportation train in Chicago. Tears were streaming down my face, and upon coming to the very last page, I found myself wanting to start the whole book over again. It is a book that is so beautiful it hurts, separate from the emotion of the story. The words hurt as they strike your heart and your soul, as they are so exactly perfect. To have a glimpse into the ultimate human experience with such grace, such perfect writing, and such vulnerability, readers will both be grieving this author's life, and the fact that these are Kalanithi's final writings.
"What makes life worth living in the face of death?" is the key theme as the author describes the final year of his human experience as Paul Kalanithi. His training as a neurosurgeon, supporting others on the brink of illness, life altering experiences, and close to death give him an expertise on life and death that few could rival. His words paint a picture of what it means to truly live; to truly appreciate the time we have in these bodies, that sometimes revolt against us.
Kalanithi shares stories of the lives of his family, friends, patients, and his own. This book inspires to live a life fully, to explore ones passions and purpose, and to appreciate this experience, as messy at is can be, through the entire journey.
READ THIS BOOK.
Catalyst for Change Rating: 5/5
Reading Enjoyment Rating: 5/5
Read this Book Rating: 5/5
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