The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death, and Everything in Between

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Having spent years in college studying philosophy and religion — the very things meant to explain birth, death, and everything in between — I was skeptical that Lee Eisenberg could supply these answers. I think I was right. This is a sometimes interesting, sometimes rambling, journal about various insights that dropped into Eisenberg’s mind as he attempted to give meaning to life.

Eisenberg is one of the people that he references as thinking too much about things in life. As such, he often seems to miss the living forest while he’s wandering around writing about the trees. Eisenberg is, first and foremost, a writer, and he references life and living from a writer’s perspective: “The point is to write the best story we can.” Fine, but being a diligent writer-detailer is not the same as understanding the deeper what and why of existence. Eisenberg may have intended this to be a book of modern philosophy, but, even here, it falls short. One often-covered topic he tackles is happiness. The conclusion is best expressed by P.D. James: “…happiness is a gift not a right.”

The Point might have been titled Random Thoughts and Ruminations. It was less than satisfying.

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Author Lee Eisenberg
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Twelve
Publish Date 2016-02-02
ISBN 9781455550463 Buy this Book
Issue August 2016
Category Self-Help


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