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Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last

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"Dr. Lipsenthal is a profound explorer of our inner and outer world. Enjoy Every Sandwich will help you heal your fear of death and embrace the true joy of life's extraordinary journey."
--Edgar Dean Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut
As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2011)
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this book is completely fucking bananas! you think you're just going to read a nice inspirational self-help book about appreciating your life & living each day to the fullest, written by a doctor who was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the esophagus who learned to accept his mortality without giving up his zest for life. but before you know it, you are reading detailed stories about his past life as a german surgeon who drank himself to death after his mistress died from an illicit ectopic ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember how I discovered this title...which is odd since it must have just happened a short while ago: it was just published last month. It could have been in a Shambhala catalog or in the software we use at work to order books for the library or one of the catalogs that continually pile up on my desk. I didn't know anything about the author, but whatever I read about the book must have sounded good. I placed it on hold (on audio book...still doing Newbery until next month, so it's only ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Will rated it it was amazing
Unless you just happen to have this book fall into your lap I don't think there should be a spoiler alert on this one... you pretty much know early on how this book is going to end. I also want to thank Random House and goodreads for giving me the chance to read this book through it's first reads offer.

It is an amazing self-help book on a subject few of us want to talk about, but all of us have to deal with at some point.

The author, a relatively young doctor in his 50's learns one day out of the
Feb 12, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Do you ever wonder if you would live your life differently if you knew the day you would die? It's an interesting question and one that I think about as I get older. Fact is, I may not know the day I'll die, but I can bet my booties that I will. So why waste precious time being miserable, or worrying, holding grudges, etc.? Cause I'm human! But there's hope for me. Books like Enjoy every sandwich: Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last remind me of the preciousness of each day and every moment. ...more
Apr 28, 2012 Alisonb rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I hate it when people mock my beliefs simply because they don't understand them. Applying the same courtesy to Lipsenthal, I will refrain from judgment or comments about the New Age tone of sections of this book because truthfully, some of the experiences and beliefs he shares, I have not given much consideration to. Case in point... he shares the experience of realizing he had lived a past life as a heartbroken German surgeon who lost his lover to complications from pregnancy. My knee jerk reac ...more
Sheila DeChantal
Feb 03, 2012 Sheila DeChantal rated it liked it
Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients through his job as the medical director of Preventative Medicine Research Institute. His job was to help those with serious diseases to overcome their fears of pain and of death. Lee was extremely successful in making others feel comfortable in their time of greatest need.

Then in July of 2009, after a doctors visit it was discovered that Lee had esophageal cancer. Shocked, a non numb Lee stumbled through the every day motions of making his wife feel sa
Jun 11, 2012 Nmdb22 rated it it was ok
Let me start by saying that until you have walked in somebody else's shoes, it is impossible to understand what going through the process of dying is. I wanted to like this book very much, and to feel compassion and to feel moved. Instead, it seemed to be a book "all about me", and maybe that's the way it's supposed to be or should be. I don't know. However, I could not forgive the author for writing about an incident with his wife (also a physician, taking care of her patients, taking care of t ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Duygu rated it really liked it
Martı Yayınları’ndan çıkmış olan “ Lee Lipsenthal’in -Tek Tadımlık Hayat” adlı kitabını , bitirmiş bulunmaktayım .

Öncelikle, kitabın ismi benı etkilemişti .Ve konusunu okuduğum da konusu değişik gelmişti açıkçası ve uzun zamandır , kişisel gelişim tarzında bir kitap okumamıştım .Değişik bir çeşni oldu benım için .

Kitabın dili çok sade ve akıcı , tabii bunda çevirmeninde büyük katkısı olduğunu düşünüyorum .Fakat , bazı kelimeler de ( felsefi ve tıbbi terimler de )anlamları için dipnot düşülseymi
Lenny Husen
Jan 03, 2016 Lenny Husen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Recommended to me by my father's wonderful Primary Care Doctor, Dr. Din.
Written and narrated by the author, Lee Lipsenthal, a very special person, successful physician, great husband, father, shaman, psychic, at least by his own report. While some of it is definitely too "New Agey and Shirley MacLaine-ish" for me, he comes across as a very likeable, intelligent and caring guy.
(I have to admit at the "Hands of Jesus Healing Kevin's Heart" Story, I had to cringe and take the name of the Lord in V
Feb 09, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
We've all heard the advice of living every day as if it were your last. But, how many of us could actually sit back and enjoy life if we were given a diagnosis of a terminal illness? In July, 2009, Lipsenthal was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer. Rather than panic or dwell on the unfairness of his situation, Dr. Lipsenthal focused on living his remaining months with joy, peace, and gratitude. Although there are parts of this book that my inner skeptic found a bit unbelievable, the messa ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, my ranking is personal. I' doubt this will enter the annals of great books, and could have rated it accordingly, but it hit a note with me. Finally, someone described what I've felt but never seen in print- I just can't do what works for others- the imagery of "battling" or "fighting" my disease, though neither will I capitulate. I'll do what I can , but prefer to Live with ALS and to work towards peace, not conflict. Read this short book (yes there are some far out parts but the a ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenehal, M. D.

Taking the title from a quote by musician Warren Zevon who also died of cancer, Lee Lipsenthal decided not to fight or battle when diagnosed with cancer. That doesn’t mean he gave up or wanted to die and leave his loved ones behind, he found he didn’t fear death and wanted to with gratitude and love.

I enjoyed this book even though I’m skeptical of some of the events; however I feel that everyone has to find their own way of dealing with disease, death
May 14, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
I surprised myself reading this cover to cover. Usually I barely peruse these kinds of books, and "get" the one idea in about 10 minutes. This one felt different, as he moved from where he was to where he is, and the insights he (a doctor) gained as one who experiences cancer and life, and learns along the way. I really enjoyed this little book, and feel stronger, better from reading it. Awww. Sorry he had to go (he died recently), but so glad he wrote.
Linda Robinson
Dec 29, 2011 Linda Robinson rated it liked it
Dr. Lipsenthal's end of life journey is quietly dignified, a feat we all wish we could accomplish with heart and courage while letting go of judgment of ourselves and others. It is difficult performing life affirming practices while you are grieving for your loss, and the loss of loved ones, and he appears to have done this with super human dedication. Rest ye well, Dr. Lipsenthal. Well done. We heard you.
Luca Conti
Mar 07, 2013 Luca Conti rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Aug 24, 2016 Paula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed with this book. Like the title and the concept. Author did not "really" follow that idea throughout.
Oct 19, 2015 Christina rated it it was ok
This book was really all over the place. I didn't expect the past lives, premonitions, etc that were a huge part of his story. I think I took away a few things, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it.
Aug 10, 2014 Cathy rated it it was ok
It was interesting at first, but he started getting into reincarnation, and some other quite different beliefs - just a little far out for me.
Jan 15, 2014 Cora rated it it was ok
Started off really good then got weird. The second half seemed to focus on yoga, meditation, past lives, deep breathing, etc. Not what I had expected based on the title and description.
Deborah Martinez
Jan 21, 2015 Deborah Martinez rated it it was ok
I am not sure how this book fell on my lap, but found it in the Wilbur system at the library. It is a self help book, and my beliefs and faith do not line up with this self help book at all!
May 02, 2012 Kelle rated it liked it
Written by a doctor who helps others face death without feeling fear as well as his experience with cancer. I like the idea of this more than the actual book.
Dec 08, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it
There is a vast difference between knowing you are going to die "someday" (preferably at a very distant point in the future) and knowing that you are going to die "someday soon". Lee Lipsenthal, M.D. found himself in the second category when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2009.

Lipsenthal was uniquely poised to offer insights into mortality that the average person does not have. He was an internist and also served as the medical director of Dean Ornish's Preventive Medicine Research
Jim Gleason
Jul 10, 2017 Jim Gleason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
written while dying, a doctor used to helping patients faces cancer and death, finds himself without fear when he faces his own mortality - dying of cancer shortly before his book got published.

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May 26, 2017 shirley rated it really liked it
An honest account of life. The author accomplished a lot at a young age. A successful career. A family. Money. Love. Family. Yet suffered from depression.

Eventually he found peace in faith to a higher power.

He found peace through meditation even when facing death at an early age.

The bit about past lives is a little disconcerting.

Nonetheless. A very inspiring read.
Lynne Spreen
Dec 30, 2011 Lynne Spreen rated it liked it
How would you live if you weren’t afraid to die?

This is the premise of a very enjoyable and thought-provoking new book, Enjoy Every Sandwich, by the late Dr. Lee Lipsenthal, a colleague of Dr. Dean Ornish who did the intro.

Dr. Lee, who loved rock and roll, borrowed the name of his book from a Warren Zevon album. Lee was a guy with a positive outlook, doing good work at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in California where he helped empower even very sick people to live life fully. Then
Nov 12, 2011 Ladan rated it really liked it
Page 1:
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. - mark twain

Page 44:
Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.

Page 51:
Sitting, breathing gently, and paying attention to how they feel, what they hear, and what they see. Trying not to judge any of it as good or bad, right or wrong, just accepting it for what it is. This is mindfulness.

Page 58:
There are only two ways to live your life. One
Sandra Stiles
Mar 12, 2012 Sandra Stiles rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, memoir
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 ...more
Maria Gebhardt
Feb 23, 2012 Maria Gebhardt rated it really liked it
Lee Lipsenthal, M.D.,ABIHM, a prominent doctor faces a diagnosis with a 90% mortality rate. He is used to giving advice to his patients and now he has become one. While he struggles through this disease, he helps the reader to understand the events after the diagnosis and why every day is truly important.

Interestingly enough, the title of the book comes from Warren Zevon, singer and songwriter, who appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. He said that he had learned to “…enjoy every sand
Feb 14, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, death-dying
Every man dies– not every man really lives.
– William Ross Wallace

Several thoughts struck me after completing Lee Lipsenthal’s Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last. One- this is one of those very precious books like Randy Pauch’s The Last Lecture that are sublime in their honesty, vitality, and sheer joie de vivre. And two- I wish I had met Lee. We emailed several times as publication approached. I hoped he would be able to do an author talk for the Center, sharing some o
Sue Smith
Jan 26, 2012 Sue Smith rated it liked it
Another book that is along the lines of The Last Lecture, this book follows a California doctor diagnosed with throat cancer as he philophizes about dealing with the inevitable way before he should have to.

It's a good book and it certainly makes you realize that any day could be your last. If you lived like every day could be the last, then you would probably make different choices or do things differently or at least be able to see things differently. I like how he approached his death, that he
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