The Last Day of My Life Hardcover – Jan 5 2010
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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.
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!
It's story after story of tragedy. Just when you think things will get positive, things turn bad again. He had marriage problems, quits his CNN job instead of moving to Atlanta, then stays in his multimillion dollar house even though he can't afford it and spends years out of work and in deep debt. He makes a lot of bad choices and the lessons he claims to learn are more internal than external. It's good that he has learned to forgive and that he needs redemption, but the specific examples he gives of what he does externally continue to prolong his negative spin on his life.
Other than a couple of interesting pages about famous people he interviewed, there is little to recommend in this book.
It's great that he chose not to end his life and turn it into a desire to tell others to live like it's their last day. But the book is incredibly depressing to read. Thankfully it's a short 159 half-pages and takes only a couple hours to read--if you can make it past all the tragedy to get to his supposedly inspiring advice at the end. I really feel for this guy--but he still doesn't seem to have found the peace he is looking for.
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.
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.