Written in Irv Yalom's inimitable story-telling style, Staringat the Sun is a profoundly encouraging approach to theuniversal issue of mortality. In this magisterial opus, capping alifetime of work and personal experience, Dr. Yalom helps usrecognize that the fear of death is at the heart of much of ouranxiety. Such recognition is often catalyzed by an "awakeningexperience"—a dream, or loss (the death of a loved one,divorce, loss of a job or home), illness, trauma, or aging.
Once we confront our own mortality, Dr. Yalom writes, we areinspired to rearrange our priorities, communicate more deeply withthose we love, appreciate more keenly the beauty of life, andincrease our willingness to take the risks necessary for personalfulfillment.
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About the Author
Irvin D. Yalom is a highly regarded psychiatrist and the author of numerous books including the New York Times best-selling Love's Executioner and the international best-selling novel When Nietzsche Wept.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments.
Chapter 1. The Mortal Wound.
Chapter 2. Recognizing Death Anxiety.
Chapter 3. The Awakening Experience.
Chapter 4. The Power of Ideas.
Chapter 5. Overcoming Death Terror Through Connection.
Chapter 6. Death Awareness: A Memoir.
Chapter 7. Addressing Death Anxiety: Advice for Therapists.
About the Author.
A Reader’s Guide to Staring at the Sun.
What People are Saying About This
"Irv Yalom has written a beautiful and courageous book - a book that comforts even as it explores and confronts death. Yalom helps us understand that we must all come to grips with a paradox: The physicality of death destroys us; the idea of death saves us."
—George Valliant, author of Aging Well, and Director of the Harvard Medical School Study of Adult Development
"Staring at the Sun is a thoughtful reinforcement of the stoicism that we all need in a time when babble and denial are all the rage."
—Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great
"Staring at the Sun looks experientially and psycho-dynamically at our deepest fear, and describes with uncommon eloquence and deep humanity how we may arrive at a form of peace. The book is witty and kind and unflinching, a generous mediation that should give comfort to the dying and to those they leave behind."
—Andrew Solomon, author, The Noonday Demon, winner of the National Book Award
"Irvin Yalom has written a brave, intelligent book on the last forbidden subject—death. I honor his courage and rare insight."
—Erica Jong, author, Fear of Flying, Shylock’s Daughter, Inventing Memory, and Sappho’s Leap
"Yalom is the Scherherazade of the couch, his work a marvelous exercise in storytelling."
—Laura Miller, New York Times
"This thoughtful treatment of the ultimate fear has much to offer people of faith, especially Western Christians. Instead of fearing death, which gave birth to religion itself, we can confront it in a true act of faith, and stop denying it through fantasies of immorality. This is a wise book by a wise man about the most taboo of all subjects. Read it, and fear not."
—Robin Meyers, minister of Mayflower UCC Church of Oklahoma City, and author of Why the Christian Right is Wrong
"One of America's finest therapists guides us through one of life's most challenging tasks in this profoundly helpful book. It will benefit anyone who reads it."
—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen To Good People
"Irvin Yalom writes like an angel about the devils that besiege us."
"In Staring at the Sun, Dr. Yalom shares with us the problems of his patients linked to their mortality, his compassionate, healing insight into their death anxiety, and perhaps most movingly, his own feelings and personal experiences with death. While the existential realities of death, isolation, and meaningless may seem at first bleak and full of despair, Dr. Yalom's existential approach helps his readers frame these realities in positive and meaningful ways that foster personal growth and intensify our connections to others and to the world around us."
—Harold Ramis, Actor, Writer and Director, Ghostbuster, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book helped me to live in the moment, and face the issue of my death. I bought a number of copies of this book to give to friends and relatives who have issues with death-don't we all?.
This book is beautifully written and flows like a conversation. It addresses the difficult (for many) topic of facing our own mortality and how to turn the knowledge of our mortality into a force for living better. While Yalom directly addresses fellow therapists in one part of the book, it is still an approachable and useful read for anyone. Coming from my perspective as a future existential therapist, this was a perfect read. Yalom addresses the different ways death anxiety can show up in our lives which I found quite enlightening. He also answered several questions that I have been asking of myself over and over regarding clients asking questions about my personal faith and belief system. He makes no apologies for not believing in a religion or god, but still manages to support clients in their own belief systems. This is a hard balance to reach, but through meeting his clients where they are and because of his own self-knowledge and confidence, he makes it easy and straightforward. This book also left me with an impressive reading list. Reading it was honestly was like having coffee with one of my English profs at Duke where I walk away excited with a list of books I must read. Really enjoyable. While I am painting this book as very cerebral, I think it would be a great comfort to anyone feeling a bit uncomfortable about their own death even if they are not looking for the philosophical discussions or literary references it provides. I highly recommend it.
The road less traveled comes to a Dead End. Enjoy the ride.
Good in many ways but does apply to the general populace unless you have no religion or spirituality while i do not believe in the christian view of heaven and hell and i do take more eastern view on death i still think the best book on death is a simple prose/art book called the next place i go simple and loving and peaceful
Guys i think Faith is locked out.