Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now

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by Gordon Livingston, Elizabeth Edwards (Foreword by)

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Hirty True Things You Need to Know Now 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the 'things' presented in this book may sound familiar to someone in his/her later life, they have the ring of many discussions I have had with my angst-ridden 17-year-old daughter. The book is affirming to a parent trying to raise a healthy-minded child while still going through his own challenges! I love the affirming quality of the writing, not preachy, not patronizing, but very objective.
RebaTX More than 1 year ago
Makes you look at your life and how you have and are living it. Very worthwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful, insightful report of a journey of a therapist's life and his conclusions about our choices and reactions to them. I so applaud his 'the buck stops here' attitude in taking responsibility for our own actions. A total must read--please bring kleenex, you will need it time and time again as this books jogs your own reflections of life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
TOO SOON OLD, TOO LATE SMART is a brief compendium of an experienced therapist¿s accumulated wisdom, honed both by his work with his patients and by his own experiences with extraordinary personal loss. Each short chapter discusses a truth about how to negotiate the emotional and interpersonal dilemmas with which we all must deal in our journey through life. A common thread throughout the book is the author¿s belief in our responsibility for our choices and their consequences. Within this context, he debunks the validity of widely accepted clinical entities such as Dissociative Identity Disorder and Adult Attention Deficit Disorder that he believes are often used as excuses to mitigate responsibility for behavior. While at times opinionated, Dr. Livington¿s work contains enough pearls of wisdom to instruct the lives of any reader willing to undertake the self-examination and self-discipline essential to living a full and satisfying life.
Smartsloan More than 1 year ago
Thirty chapters on subjects which are nothing new to anyone but still worth exploring. Reader beware:This is just one single person's opinions and these opinions are distorted by unfathomable grief, a look at life that is so dark, unhopeful and full of downright despair, I had to stop reading at page 118 with the most depressing toast, written for his daughter's wedding. After days and days of feeling down-trodden while reading this book, I finally had to put this book down, without finishing it - only the second time in my entire 64 years of reading, to not complete a book - I simply could not muddle through one more page of "life sucks, why bother living successfully?" Yes, it has a somewhat catchy title. If you can't write properly, maybe turn the words around and that will make one look a little more thoughtful? Nice try, but not really. The 30 chapters also have catchy titles but that's where the depth stops. Diving into this book is like hoping you are stepping into a limitless well of refreshing insight that might carry deep thoughts which you can take home to enrich your own outlook and life. What I stepped into was nothing but a sniveling, shallow pothole of depressing muck. Besides the fact that this book is so poorly written grammatically, the morose content may take me weeks or months to extract from my thoughts and return myself to a life of joy and hopefulness. Just because someone has MD after their name doesn't mean they can write properly, and just because someone has experienced unbelievable pain, loss and grief, doesn't mean they learned enough to truly help others come through the journey successfully. How about Chapter 31: Misery loves company and a cute title doesn't change that fact. Misery still loves company. I deeply regret getting sucked into the despair of this book just because it said "National Best Seller." Now I know why so many Americans (the nation) are depressed, thanks to junk being published with a slick cover, just like this book by Gordon Livingston.
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imnotauser More than 1 year ago
with some thoughts that are hard to replicate
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Each chapter of this book talks about about a different area of hardship we all encounter throughout our lives. Taking responsibility for your actions is a theme throughout. I like the writing as it makes you think about causes and effect of choices in life, which is something many of us do not think enough about.