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One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...definitely more than another self-help or feel-better book."

If you were given the news today that you had only one month to live, what would you think about more . . . living life to the fullest and reconciling your relationships or complaining that life is unfair and you don’t deserve this illness? Most of us, if we’re honest, live life in survival mode . . . not wanting to rock the boat or disturb the peace. Day to day is tough enough. Enthusiasm and passion are sucked out of our daily existence.

“One Month to Live,” is a very interactive guide in which you’re exhorted to participate by signing the “The One-Month-To-Live Challenge," which simply states, "I commit with God's strength to live the next thirty days as if they are my last so I can experience life to the full!"

Based around four principles, Kerry and Chris pen a poignant portrayal of embracing your mortality for the freedom to live a satisfying life without regret. This mindset should be at the top of everybody’s bucket list: to Live Passionately, Love Completely, Learn Humbly and Leave Boldly. The two introductory quotes at the beginning of each chapter are both inspiring and thought-provoking. The Shooks write conversationally, thus creating a reader-friendly environment to soak up their Biblically-based stories and insights.

The birth story detailed in the introduction of this thirty day challenge is both interesting and God-driven. The “Make it Count Moments” and “Make it Last for Life” sections are filled with “sharper than a pen knife” questions which truthfully cannot be answered in a quick glimpse.

Reading this book flooded my heart and mind with memories of my mom’s 18 month battle with cancer. How I was so unprepared for the revelation and how I wallowed in the disappointing news. And now, six years later, I stand looking in the mirror wondering if I’m satisfied just marking time.
Though "One Month to Live" is filled with scripture and inspirational stories, you don’t have to be a Christ-follower or a life coach to understand that living to the fullest is an adventure you don’t want to miss!

In the first chapter called “Living the Dash,” Kerry and Chris shared the bottom line with these words: “If we all lived as if we had one month left on this earth, we would each spend our days differently, in ways unique to us, and yet I believe we would all experience more fulfilling lives that could leave a legacy for eternity.”

“One Month to Live,” is definitely more than another self-help or feel-better book. Don’t hesitate to pick up a copy and take the challenge with no regrets!

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.