The topic of this book is a tough one to read about. The big "C" word, whether it deals with breast cancer, lung cancer, or any other type of cancer is scary. It is scary to the person who has just heard the diagnosis and it is scary to their friends and family. It is not an unfamiliar word in my family. As a matter of fact this book is on its way to my sister. She was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19. After surgery and radiation she was clear of cancer for 20 years. Eight years ago she was diagnosed with lung cancer. It is slowly moving throughout her body. Her outlook is like Lee's. Instead of focusing on death, she has chosen to focus on life and living it to her fullest. She is enjoying time with he grand kids and daughter. Like Lee she prays and meditates daily. I enjoyed reading his philosophy although some aspects of it differ from mine. He said, "many religions use meditation and some just call it prayer. Some say prayer is talking to God or the universe and meditation is listening to the answer'. (page 50). I believe some people will feel threatened by his belief system. He doesn't knock any ones religious beliefs. He actually encourages people to pray and meditate. As a Christian I can tell you that I feel out of balance if I don't start my day with prayer and meditation. No matter what your religious beliefs Lee is right about several things. First we should acknowledge that bad things happen to good people, just like good things happen to them. Second, we should create a life that is full of love and laughter. We should never put ourselves into a box of our own making. When my father was alive my mom would come to him with a problem. He would handle it. She often told him that it drove her nuts that he didn't seem to worry or care about the situation. His reply was always the same, "I care about it and I'll handle it, but worrying about it won't change it one bit. So at this point in time I "choose" not to worry about it because worry won't add anything to my life, but it can take so much away.I think the overall message of this book is to live life to the fullest no matter what the situation.