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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (March 17 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583949739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583949733
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 644 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Stephen Jenkinson’s elegant and sorrow-freighted book brings prophetic insight rather than pastoral affirmations. A true story-man, Jenkinson paints image after image on the cave wall of his parchment. Die Wise is a formidable body of work, road-tested in ways most of us hope never to know about. Stay with it, hold the sorrow as the gift it is, savor in small, immense chunks. Every word is an invitation to trade fantasy for imagination. There isn’t a book like it.”
—Dr. Martin Shaw, author of Snowy Tower: Parzival and the Wet, Black Branch of Language

About the Author

STEPHEN JENKINSON MTS MSW is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. He has a master's degree in theology from Harvard University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Stephen is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of The Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker.


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By Rad Talk TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 9 2016
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Stephen Jenkinson's words are worth their weight in gold - at times heavy-duty in prose but so very valuable. I highly recommend buying his DVD "The Haiku Sessions" (from his site, "Orphan Wisdom") as a companion to the book. "Griefwalker" (a NFB doc. by Tim Wilson) was the first time I heard about him and his work. In all his books and radio interviews, I've never found him to be preachy or claiming to know it all or even promise any sort of 'redemption'.
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I give the book 5 stars principally because of its importance in understanding dying in the Western world as a mirror of our cultural and religious constructs, something different that the more common invitation to turn inward. The writing evokes the oral tradition of wisdom sharing and story telling - the skillful weaving and poetic language demands a serious commitment. No fluffy feel-good ending, not solutions waiting to spoon feed the reader... I see this book as the manifestation of Jenkinson's invitation to fall in love with life.
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Hard going at times, well worth persevering. Didn't need to be so hard-going--I believe a good editor would have helped this book a lot, to clarify, to condense, to make it more readable as prose. Maybe second edition?! I know I will re-read "Die Wise" many times, with pleasure, there is wisdom here.
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Eloquence and practiced sorrow that cracks open our wonder, our grief, of having not seen until now, and the jaw drop that occurs when finally, language for living, dying, and elderhood in a time such as ours, are both conjured in these pages. This does not make the read "easy", rather necessary to go slowly as if you can't turn back the page...and then to read again. Die Wise, a worthy manifesto.
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The experience, and wisdom, and inspiration contained in the Overture alone is a gift and a guide for all of us who will, despite the myopia of our culture about this reality, die. I give it 5 stars, not because I "love it", but because it is a book to keep by my side, to read and reread as I journey through my "troisieme age".
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I've read a lot about death, specifically the grieving process. Until this book, all left me wondering: is that it? I've been looking for water from a deeper well for a long time. Here it is.
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