LIFE, PART TWO by David Chernikoff

by: David Chernikoff

This book is different to Alive Until You’re Dead, which is more inspirational and anecdotal. Its subtitle is Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as You Age, so it does have a teaching aspect. It’s more about the second half of life and facing tricky stuff, rather than the specifics of ageing. Each chapter is a stepping stone towards creating a more healthy and resilient outlook, although the book is still rich in stories. The book is informed at its foundations by Buddhism, although the author makes reference to and is guided by great spiritual teachers who weren’t Buddhist, like Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. In all his encounters with them he is encouraged into a state of Wise Elderhood - one which we must all aspire to. The whole tone of the book is friendly and encouraging and reading it just fills you with hope.

192pp, 215 x 140 mm, Paperback, 2021, RRP £17.99