BOOK REVIEW: OLD AGE IS A TERMINAL ILLNESS:
I'm sure we have often heard the old saying there are two things in life we must do: pay taxes and die. Well, I guess we could refuse to pay taxes. You surely won't get away with it because other things will occur such as liens, penalties, etc. However, we can't get away without dying. This is a subject many of us do not like to think about - the thought might cross our mind for a minute but we quickly turn to another subject. Dr. Alma Bond felt this way also. This is the reason she has written this book and refers to it as The Death Journal. The main goal is to help herself and others conquer the fear of dying.
Even though this book is about a very serious subject, I had to laugh out loud quite a few times when Dr. Bond mentions the many things that start to happen to people as they get older - your hearing is not as good as it once was, you are now using eye drops, moisturizer for our hair, Retin-A for wrinkles, and you are discussing ways to sustain the regularity of your digestive system. Doesn't this sound familiar?
This book is written in a journal format. Dr. Bond tells us about many of the dreams she has had and what they meant to her. Dr. Bond has been a psychologist for 37 years and when you think about it, who can do a better job of writing a book like this than a psychologist.
This book is a wonderful and insightful read. Dr. Bond has also managed to add some humor to this very serious subject. After reading this book, you will agree with Dr. Bond that you "must conquer your fear of dying in order to live the rest of your life to the fullest". She sums it up very nicely by saying, "When you accept that you are going to die, each day becomes a gift". When you think about it, this is very true. Death is not an easy subject to write about but Dr. Bond has approached this subject in a way that only a writer with her talents can do. This book is highly recommended.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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