Dr. Gordon Livingston’s national bestseller, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart, has drawn tens of thousands of readers who have embraced its thirty bedrock truths about life and how best to live it. Now, in And Never Stop Dancing, Dr. Livingston—a Vietnam War veteran, psychiatrist, and parent twice bereaved—offers thirty more true things we need to know now.
Among the fresh truths Dr. Livingston identifies and explores are: Paradox governs our lives. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. Marriage ruins a lot of good relationships. We are defined by what we fear. We all live downstream. One of life’s most difficult tasks is to see ourselves as others see us. As we grow old, the beauty steals inward. Most people die with their music still inside of them.
Once again, here are Dr. Livingston’s sterling qualities: a deep understanding of the emotional tumult that courses through our lives—our hidden hypocrisies, desires, and evasions; an unerring sense of what is important (he does not waste a single moment writing about unimportant things); and his own ability to persevere—to hope—in a world he knows to be capable of inflicting unjustifiable and lifelong suffering.
These qualities—plus his perfectly pitched sense of humor and a voice that has been described as "more Job than Dr. Phil" (Roxanne Roberts, The Washington Post)—add up to another extraordinary book—one which, like its predecessor, offers us a gentle, generous, and unusual alternative to the trial-and-error learning that makes wisdom such an expensive commodity.
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PRAISE FOR AND NEVER STOP DANCING
"So much wisdom, so many quotable aphorisms in such a compact book. Read it!" —RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"Secrets for joyful living spill forth. We learn that the most precious gift is learning to forgive ourselves, especially when we indulge in the illusion that we can control everything." —MEHMET OZ, M.D., professor and vice chairman of surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center, coauthor of You: The Owner’s Manual
"Dr. Livingston strikingly renews our understanding of major issues of personal life––aging, relationships, self-worth, responsibility, and the problem of meaning. He writes from long experience as a doctor, counselor, and teacher, but most profoundly from the standpoint of a human being who has faced life’s ups and downs himself, with suffering, courage, and humor." ––ROBERT GRUDIN, author of Time and the Art of Living
PRAISE FOR TOO SOON OLD, TOO LATE SMART
"He is more Job than Dr. Phil, painfully aware of life’s losses and limitations, trying to spare you a little hurt. He thinks in paragraphs, not in sound bites." —ROXANNE ROBERTS, The Washington Post
"To read him is to trust him and to learn, for his life has been touched by fire, and his motives are absolutely pure." —MARK HELPRIN, author of A Soldier of the Great War and Winter’s Tale
"Among the many blithe and hollow self-help books available everywhere, this book stands out as a jewel." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[Livingston] plays personal warmth against steely professional insight." —The Dallas Morning NewsAbout the Author:
Gordon Livingston, MD, a graduate of West Point and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has been a physician since 1967. He is a psychiatrist and writer who contributes frequently to the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, and Reader’s Digest. Awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam, he is the author of two previous books, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart and Only Spring. He lives and works in Columbia, Maryland.
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