Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

Published: 2008
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Memoir
Hardback: 224 pages
Rating: 5

Description from the amazon:

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
--Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): hope
This is one of those gem of books that give you pause. Pause to appreciate life and living.

Randy was a father and today I thought it appropriate to share this special book that houses a special message to his kids.




Father's Day Reading Challenge
June 5-25, 2011
at Songs and Stories


  1. Great review! Sounds like a fantastic story! I especially appreciate the living, but miss the passed today in regards to my dad. Still it's very heartwarming to read.

  2. Thanks for the review! It sounds like a great book - a very inspirational one.

  3. I've read it, and it was just amazing. It's the kind of book that really touches you.

  4. I have wanted to read this book for a very long time, and have put it off for one reason or another, thanks for reminding me.

  5. What a beautiful book! Never heard of this one before, so thank you for bringing something so inspirational to my attention~

  6. Eh, it doesn't do anything for me so I do not think I would read it to the end

  7. My husband just recently received this book as a gift and he had nothing but praise for it. I definitely have to agree, it is heartwarming to read :)

  8. I read this book for my college. I loved it-the advice was nothing special, but sometimes people need to see the obvious bits :)

  9. I gave The Last Lecture to my brother one year when he needed some inspiration. It did supposedly effect him. He found it to be very thought provoking and hopeful. It's a great book that everyone should read.

  10. This book was such a blessing to read. And a reminder to live every day to the fullest.

  11. This book sounds awesome! Thank you for your review! :D


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