A media review by Dr. Charles Laabs for LEA EncourAGEnet
A recent best-seller book has dazzled many readers. As a world-wide sensation in 2008, The Last Lecture has brought the thoughts as well as the next-to-last experiences and adventures of the life of Randy Pausch, a 40+ year old university professor before his expected rather sudden death due to pancreatic cancer.
His themes include: the emphasis of quality of life rather than the efforts to extend life duration, showing of gratitude for life by one’s behavior, and the development of positive relationships.
In addition to reading this volume, one has easy access to the popular video of Randy Pausch’s actual last lecture. The viewer can be mesmerized by his noteworthy, positive delivery, which truly reflects his strategies when facing death. Whether the viewer is in a similar predicament as Randy Pausch, or not, he can profit with the identification of his last-days life styles and behaviors through humor, courage, and charm.
JUST PUBLISHED . . . Only a few years after Randy Pausch’s pancreatic cancer and death, his widow, Jai, authored a follow-up volume Dream New Dreams memoir about caring for her dying husband and three young children, and rebuilding their lives. This volume is also invaluable for any middle-aged or senior citizen regarding possible challenges one might face as one ages..
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch, Crown Archetype
Dream New Dreams, Reimagining My Life after Loss, Jai Pausch, Crown Archetype
Video, The Last Lecture