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The Last Day of My Life [Hardcover]

Jim Moret

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Book Description

Jan. 5 2010

If you had 24 hours to live...Should you finally forgive the one who hurt you the most and would you find the courage to apologize to the person you wronged? Who would you remember as your life’s greatest love? Could you recognize what you are truly grateful for? Jim Moret didn’t fully understand the answers to those questions until he was literally a day away from ending his own life. This veteran television broadcaster and interviewer turns the camera on himself, taking the reader on an intimate journey. He moves beyond depression, tragedy, and self-doubt and grapples with his greatest decision: not simply whether to live but how to live. If you had only 24 hours left... what would you do? 

“This is a marvelous collection of the right way to do things. Jim Moret’s book belongs in every library.”

-Larry King


"I think everyone has asked the question of themselves, but very few have explored it the way Jim Moret has in this heartbreaking, heart-strengthening, universally recognizable foray into what goes into making us whole as individuals and as people. The things that we must face in ourselves and put into balance, before we find ourselves in the darkness of no return. So take a page from Jim's book. It may not be the answer, but it certainly is part of the conversation."

-Whoopi Goldberg


"It is simple enough to say that contemplating death teaches one to live. Indeed, Jim Moret looked over that brink and determined that he should live. Rarely however, does an author take a reader through the journey that brings one so vividly to that moment. Once there, he shares with us his evolution from despair toward miracles, unforeseen adventures and most importantly the deepening of the relationships that give life its meaning. Well done."

-Dr Drew Pinsky


“I loved this book and couldn't put it down.  Jim Moret's touching memoir is based on a wide array of life experiences ranging from the heartwarming to the heartbreaking.  This important book will definitely make a difference in your life.  Not only will it leave you with plenty to think about, you'll have a new and reliable road map for your own successful journey.  In fact, read "The Last Day of My Life" more than'll be glad you did.”
 -J. Randy Taraborrelli 

"Jim Moret's book is required reading for anyone who's ever entertained the thought of being happy."                                                                                         

-Alan Zweibel Saturday Night Live writing alum and Thurber Prize winner


"Jim Moret’s The Last Day of My Life easily could have been titled Tuesdays with Moret.  It's that kind of book --powerful, inspirational and memorable.  Everyone who reads it will emerge stronger and smarter. Period."                                          

-Wolf Blitzer, CNN Anchor, The Situation Room


“In THE LAST DAY OF MY LIFE, Jim Moret discovers that it is our connections with people, not the things we acquire, that are the true riches in life. Jim’s moving personal journey delivers a road map for anyone struggling with self doubt.”

-Deborah Norville


“Magnificent! Jim Moret is a born writer and a gifted storyteller. I fell in love with these skillful, heartfelt, useful pages. So impactful, and it left me wanting more! I related to every chapter and it is the most value I’ve ever received from an inspirational, self-help book.”

-Leeza Gibbons


“A moving, magical memoir of the human capacity for renewal and rebirth. The Last Day of My Life can make every day of yours more powerful.”

-Keith Ablow, MD, psychiatrist and Fox News Contributor


"Everything in my life stopped as I read The Last Day of My Life in one sitting. I know of no other person brave enough to so honestly reveal his personal demons, and happily, his redemption. This book overflows with heart and sage advice."

-Lisa Bloom, CNN anchor


"I couldn't put it down! Absolutely wonderful and so full of life. I think I cried as many times as I smiled and laughed while reading."

-Beth Twitty, author of Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament to Hope and Faith


"I really didn't want to put it down. Jim's willingness to expose his vulnerability will help others be stronger. I went through a similar crisis but kept it a secret. That made the trip back to "hope" a lonely journey."

-Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO, Tupperware 








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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: 19.5 x 15.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #866,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


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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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and an easy read! Nov. 1 2009
By LMS - Published on
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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.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the last day but a fresh start Nov. 24 2009
By A. Hudson - Published on
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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!
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilling Dec 6 2009
By Zoeeagleeye - Published on
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This is not a book; it is an outline for a book. At around 150 pages it barely makes a scratch on the possibly profound and
riveting life of Jim Moret. But lest we forget, Moret spent much of his life being an entertainment reporter and interviewer, so his take on life's scenes comes in sound bytes and quick, somewhat facile appraisals.

The wee manuscript is divided into names of people and Moret gives us just enough about them to qualify for the description that is usually found under photographs in the newspaper. Except in this case, no last names. So many questions, too little information.

I will say his prose is simple and easily followed with the one flaw in it being a tendency to repeat himself. We really only need to be told once that he is the son of James Darren and was legally adopted by Gery in childhood, which caused a world of trouble. He says he loves his "father" (Darren) and his "dad" (Gery) equally, but he gives far more words to Darren.

He had two best friends who died. This made a huge impact upon him, but he never traces for us the real reasons why. He throws a few darts at a psychological chart, but does not get deep into it. It does seem clear that Moret is a nice guy, generous and patient, with aspirations to growth and learning. I would think he'd be a great co-worker. He wins and he loses, but even his losses are wins.

Each chapter is headed with quotes. Unfortunately, some of these quotes show up the paucity of depth in Moret's outlook. This book promises a full course meal, but when you finally sit down to ingest it, all you find are a few banana peels of past mistakes that are never explained and a few crumbs of what might have been a delicious cake -- but you'll never know. Unfulfilling.

Overall, let me end with a quote from Maurice Sendak (P. 106) that sums up what I perceive Moret's life to have been as told in this book: "There must be more to life than having everything." The regret is, I know there had to have been so much more than the cliched, feel-good soundbytes he gives us here.
34 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Celebrity Trading on Name Recognition Dec 12 2009
By SanjeevP - Published on
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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.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A chastened author has his say Dec 2 2009
By N. B. Kennedy - Published on
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I'm glad it's acceptable these days for members of the media to write with sincerity and evidence of personal spirituality. I just finished Byron Pitts's Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges and was amazed at how openly the CBS 60 Minutes correspondent wrote of his faith and gratitude.

Jim Moret writes in much the same vein of humble self-discovery. He jumps right in to his moment of crisis -- a moment when he considers suicide -- and builds on the conceit of having just one day to live. (The book's focus is a little hazy, as Moret uses the last-day metaphor to suggest both how to live each day as though it were your last, and how to live ON your last day.)

As you might expect from an author nurtured in the television industry, the book jumps around in episodic vignettes. I would have preferred a straight narrative memoir, as the author's life experiences are dramatic. He has experienced some deep personal tragedies and his share of dark-nights-of-the-soul. But the reader isn't allowed to become deeply involved, as he jumps in and out of stories. The tone of the book becomes almost maudlin, as every person he has ever met or loved seems to have died an untimely and tragic death.

It was also difficult to relate to what the author considers his personal financial crisis. Even though he has a sub-prime mortgage, he has a multi-million-dollar house, a high-paying job, sports cars, a vintage guitar collection and countless other assets. To read about his joy at finding $1,500 in a jacket pocket and using it for his child's private-school tuition payment is hardly a heart-warming story for those of us of modest means. His 20th anniversary bash wasn't a trip to MacDonald's, either. Personal finances may have been the catalyst for his suicidal thoughts, but I was left thinking... couldn't he just sell all his stuff, stay home, and put the kids in public school???

Still, Moret has some valuable things to say about compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, acceptance and more. The publisher seems to be riding on the coattails of Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture) but that's what the book industry is known to do. At least this likeable author gets a chance to have his say.

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