Book Review: Live Your Best Life By Writing Your Own Eulogy

Live Your Best Life By Writing Your Own Eulogy, by Mimi Emmanuel

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Author’s Den.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

The idea of writing one’s eulogy in advance may strike many people as morbid, who do not wish to think of death in the thought that ignoring death will make the reality of it go away.  I suppose as someone who writes eulogies a fair amount and has even written my epitaph in advance, that I would be among the target audience of this book [1].  I’m not sure how I feel about that, or this book, really.  The author has written and published quite a few works, but this is the work of someone who appears deeply insecure about her status as a writer, to the extent that it includes a great deal of positive comments from readers as well as the imaginary persona of a guardian angel and testimonials from family members as well.  The writing is awfully casual as well, so this appears to be one of those books written by people who have something interesting to say but from people who have not read enough books to really internalize the format and style and approach of books.

At any rate, while the style of this book is rather casual, this book is short and discusses its point very straightforwardly, defining its terms (most notably eulogy-to-be) and spending most of its space giving a lengthy example of such a eulogy from the author herself as well as other more brief discussions.  It should be noted that the sort of eulogy that is shown is far too lengthy and far too casual and goofy to be the sort of eulogy that one would have posted in a newspaper, or at least the newspapers I read.  On the other hand, the eulogy is precisely the sort that one may give at a fairly lighthearted wake or funeral.  The author does provide more serious examples of eulogies, so one knows that the author knows how to be serious but often chooses not to be, and that is okay.  The author provides some resources that demonstrate she is at least familiar with what is written about eulogies and also that she is fond of looking up definitions and even making up ones when it suits her.  This book is in general a pleasure to read.

That said, it is not as if this book is a perfect read.  As I have mentioned already, I found the book a bit too casual for my own personal tastes.  Even more than that, it appears that this author is a believer in various occult mindsets that are found in books like “The Secret” where the universe supposedly is hardwired to respond to your wishes and preferences.  As someone who has never found this to be the case, I tend to be highly skeptical of this sort of mysticism, whether it is found in self-help books or in volumes like this one.  Although as someone with a fondness for reflecting upon life and death this book did offer a great deal of interest, I found that the approach of the author was not one that congenial to my own worldview and perspective.  This is often the case, so if your worldview is more like the author’s and you believe that writing about your life in advance will make it more likely for you to achieve your goals and develop your character–the sort of things that people remember about others in their eulogies, then by all means appreciate this sort of book.  It was written for you, after all.

[1]  See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/05/12/eulogy-for-a-former-pastor-mr-don-waterhouse/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2011/02/08/sometimes-i-think-im-the-only-cab-on-the-road/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/02/24/rest-in-peace-david-ekama/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2011/03/17/requium-for-a-rapper-nate-dogg/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/05/02/god-has-you-in-his-keeping-but-youre-still-in-my-heart/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2011/06/03/mi-epitafio/

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