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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books (Jan. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607477017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607477013
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,629,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just can't resist recommending "The Last Day of My Life," an astounding, insightful, emotional book by journalist JIM MORET, chief correspondent of TV's "Inside Edition," that kicks off with his gut-wrenching decision to commit suicide and make it look like an accident so his wife and kids can cash in on his $3 million life insurance policy - and escape the hell of sudden poverty triggered when he just couldn't land a job!

Incredibly, Jim turns that horror into an uplifting tour de force that's scarily smart…and absolutely leaves you laughing! - Mike Walker, National Enquirer, Jan 23, 2012 edition

From Publishers Weekly

Amidst accelerating personal, professional, and financial crises, L.A. journalist Moret was seriously contemplating suicide; he pulled through by seizing on the question of his last day-what would he cherish most?-as an opportunity to rediscover the beauty, love and value in his life. Devoting each of 24 chapters to a topic like sacrifice, tenacity, laughter, music, passion and wonder, Moret draws lessons from stories about friends and family, his childhood, personal obstacles, and his career at CNN and elsewhere. Moret's smooth journalistic prose and 24-hour checklist make this a swift, focused inspirational memoir. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jim Moret a journalist for well over two decades, is currently Chief Correspondent for Inside Edition, based in Los Angeles. The veteran journalist was with CNN for nearly a decade, serving as co-anchor of the long-running Showbiz Today, as well as co-anchor of CNN’s main newscast, The World Today, and anchor of CNN’s NewsNight.

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational and an easy read! Nov. 1 2009
By LMS - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I received this book in the mail. But I was intrigued by the description on the back cover. So I decided to order it through Amazon Vine. I'm really glad I did. This little book is a very fast read.

The author has fallen into a deep depression and begins to question his life. He is no longer sure if he even wants to go on living. Planning a suicide in his mind triggers a time of intense soul-searching and introspection. He looks back over the course of his life and zeros on on the things that really matter. The stories in this book are intimate. Most of them are about close friends, family and other personal experiences. The author finally realizes that it's the people in our lives who truly matter most. Some of them may only be in our lives for a short time, but can leave a long-lasting impact on the heart and life. The author also comes to believe that it's not status, money, or possessions that lead to lasting happiness. It is possible to have all these things and still be miserable. This book is chocked full of practical wisdom and is peppered with quotes from famous people through out. I could definitely relate to a lot of what the author shared and struggled with. The struggles the author discusses in this book are universal to all people. This is a very thought-provoking book and it will show you how to be grateful for the little things in life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is going through a difficult time or has given up hope. Life is too short to waste what little time we have on things that ultimately won't matter. Ultimately, this is a book of hope.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not the last day but a fresh start Nov. 24 2009
By âme perdue - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I was very interested in reading this book. I have never heard of the author but the subject matter piqued my interest. I think many people have found themselves at one point and time thinking their life would be better if they just ended it. I think we all suffer from depression at one point in time such as the author has. But what one chooses to do with life when faced with those thoughts is up to each of us. Jim Moret was brave enough to write about his experiences and how he dealt with them. I think you have to be connected with such issues and I found it very inspiring rather than depressing.

I was very drawn to this book and could not put it down. From reading it you would think the author has everything one could want in his life -- a great job, life, family, home, you name it. From the outside looking in, people probably did not think there were any problems. However that changed. He lets you know that from the inside looking out his life was not going the way he wanted it to. He had plans to end his life. It was not just a thought he had once but battled with for some time. Instead of asking himself what if he had never lived he asked himself what if he had one day left to life? With that he took an appreciation for life and everything around it.

While the author shares his life with you in a way you can actually visualize it, I felt the same thoughts and emotions at times he had running through his mind. Rather than ending his life and deciding to actually live it he still faced and dealt with a lot of problems. But in the end he found different ways to deal with the life he was given. If you ever felt life was not worth living, please pick this up. Truly a very brave man!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
What is "inspirational" about this? Aug. 28 2012
By Eliane - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Rather than inspire, Jim Moret has given readers a self-contragulatory wallow in narcissism. While shamelessly bragging about what a talented all-around good guy he considers himself to be, he does reveal a conflicted childhood stemming from his parents' divorce when he was barely more than an infant. I take it that his mother used him all his life as a battering ram against his famous father, who, according to Moret's blog in The Huffington Post [...] must have been furious over the airing of the family's dirty laundry in this book. I can't say I blame the father for his reaction. The very difficult paternal issue of his acquiescing to Moret's eventual adoption by a step-father should have been dealt with in private, not in a book that in good measure trades on Moret's father's fame, while trying to paint him as a failed person. The adoption, apparently engineered by the mother, is a tragic situation that the father seems to deeply regret.

Meanwhile, Moret had a marital split of his own that eventually settled in reconciliation, but he was very vague on the causes. If he had wanted to air dirty linen and call it "inspirational," perhaps he should have stuck to his own back yard.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not that great... Dec 29 2009
By Tina - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
When I ordered this book, based on the description, I thought it would be about the last day of a man's life. I thought he would talk about what he did, who he talked to, etc. Turns out, the book is actually about the author's life and the people in it and what he would take from these people if he only had one day to live.

The author, Jim Moret, is actually a news reporter (although I had never heard of him). He decided to write this book after he almost killed himself. And in this book, he talks about the people who have made an impact on his life. At the end of each chapter, he asks you questions about your own life.

What I didn't like about this book is that, although it's a bit obvious that a news reporter that works for CNN is going to have more money than the average Joe, much of the book talked about the big house the author had, the amount of money he had, the amazing items he owned, how highly people thought of him. It left a bad taste in my mouth. This book also read more like a will meant for his family's eyes, not for the general public. I'm sure to his family, this book is heart-wrenching but in my opinion, it's not that interesting to those who don't know him.

I do like that this book made me think about my own life and it actually got me to start talking more regularly to people who've made an impact in my life. This book wasn't horrible but I don't think I'd recommend it either.
41 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Another Celebrity Trading on Name Recognition Dec 12 2009
By SanjeevP - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Jim Moret, an entertainment professional who works for 'Inside Edition', refinanced and overextended his mortgage during the real estate boom when home prices were inflated, to pay for a lavish life style. Then the real estate market collapsed, home values dropped and the monthly payment on his adjustable rate mortgage bumped, and he lost his job. Mr. Moret could not make the monthly mortgage payment and was in financial crisis. Instead of selling the house, luxury possessions, moving into a smaller hose and put his children into a public school (as another reviewer pointed out) he contemplates suicide and FANTASIZES what he would do on the last day of his life. But then he decides to cash-out his name recognition, for dollars from suckers, by writing what he IMAGINED to be important on the last day of his life!

This is that semi-autobiographical book or memoir.

If you have not already heard of what is important to people in or at the end of their life, then Mr. Moret informs us that things important to him on the envisaged last day of his life were: love, forgiveness, commitment, compassion, tenacity, legacy, miracles, redemption and a long list of others. Then there are his irrelevant musings on possessions, sacrifice, purpose, acceptance etc. But now that his IMAGINED last day of life is long past, he does not tell us if he is living by all those things that were important to him on the last day of life. After all, what we see him doing in public, is making money off trivial stuff on 'Inside Edition', not by practicing sacrifice, understanding, apology, forgiveness, and compassion etc. But on his conceived last day of life, he sure FANTASIZED living like Mother Teresa!

Nice preaching Mr. Moret. Where is the practice?

This is just another celebrity trading on his name recognition. Fallacy of human mind is to think that if I know this guy from 'Inside Edition', he must have something important to say about life: like if he is president's son he must know how to run the country and make a good president!

In reality, most people do not even know about their last day. They are hooked to monitors, IV's, respirators etc. or it is like any other day of life and death comes unannounced. Metaphorically, of course, the last day of life refers to the last chapter of your life when you reflect on what has been important and how you would do it differently if you were to live it all over again. If you really want to find out what actually dying people think then then you are better off spending money on If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians, On Being 100: 31 Centenarians Share Their Extraordinary Lives and Wisdom, Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life, Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson and The Last Lecture. Not on some memoir about imagined end of life by a guy looking to make a quick buck.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 13, 2010: To me it appears that someone may be manipulating the review process on this book. As of February 13, 2010 there are 41 reviews on this book and for 10 of those 41, this is the first review they have posted. Mr. Moret seems to have inspired lot of people to start posting positive reviews of his book! There also appears to be a disproportionately large number of reviewers from Los Angeles area. My suspicion first arose when there were 3 negative votes on my review within 4 hours of posting this review, when this book was not even publicly available! I had received "UNCORRECTED PROOF*NOT FOR SALE" copy of the book through the Amazon Vine program. In my more than hundred reviews on Amazon, I had never received 3 votes within the first day. As you will see all negative reviews have lot of not helpful votes pushing them way down the list.