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Before I Go: Letters to Our Children about What Really Matters

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Most parents have no trouble telling their children how to dress, drive, study, or shave, but struggle to talk with them about how best to live--about real love, faith, integrity, values, true enrichment, and success. In the tradition of Tuesdays With Morrie, Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft shares with us the wisdom that he has compiled for his children as his best gift ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published October 15th 2007 by Sheed & Ward
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Michael Philliber
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Over the years I have sat with many people as they draw close to the end of their life, and I have noticed that several find themselves frustrated by the short time they have left to say the final, important things to their loved ones. And as I continue to grow older I find myself pondering and asking, more and more, what I should hand on to my children, what valuable things do I want them to hear from me and take to heart. Peter Kreeft has launched a preemptive strike at that moment for his fam ...more
Clare Cannon
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A succinct, accessible and humorous collection of wisdom across a range of everyday topics. It's the perfect book to give someone who is open to pondering the meaning of life, who appreciates practical wisdom and has a sense of humour.
Klaudia Skiba
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because my mom got me this book for my confirmation. This book was about small chapters that talk about lessons in life. The lessons are very interesting ann very truthful. I really enjoyed this book because like I said it gives many lessons that most people did not know about. I would recommend this book to anyone that learns how to read because the lesson in this book are like 'what is love' or ' what does family mean' just those kind of little lesson gave truly change the way ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
The premise is 5 star - what do we want to say to our children, the innocent next generation, those we love, out of the wealth of experiences we have gained? And so Peter Kreeft writes out of evident sincerity with his Catholic faith as his foundation, and his intellect and experiences as the rich well to draw from.

The outcome is mixed however, which shouldn't prevent anyone from gaining real value from the read. The trouble is, perhaps, that Kreeft as a philosophy professor, and one accustomed
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
My good friend lent me this sweet book for a lite read to begin 2015—just a couple of pages each night to lull me off to sleep. And wow—this was so much more than I bargained for. As I flipped through the first few pages, I quickly realized this author is a philosopher who is down to earth. I would be reading along and would come across a deep piece of philosophy and stop to think, “wait, what?!?” and have to go back and read it again. But despite his deep thoughts and sharp intellect, I never f ...more
Theresa Thomas
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
How much more SINCERE can something get than a book written by a father for his children? How much more LOGICAL than one authored by a renowned philosopher?

Peter Kreeft has received honors such as the Woodrow Wilson, Yale-Sterling Fellowship, Newman Alumni Scholarship, Danforth Asian Religions Fellowship, and Weathersfield Homeland Foundation Fellowship.

Spectacular. But I think I'm safe in guessing his greatest achievement to date includes his children, for whom this book is written.

Kreeft sav
Danijel Brestovac
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

Str. 13- Če bi vedel, da imam na voljo le še minuto za pogovor z vami, po tej minuti pa se na tem svetu ne bomo videli nikoli več, kaj bi bila tista ena stvar, ki bi vam jo najraje povedal in jo tudi slišal iz vaših ust?

Str. 15- Ne le da je ljubezen vse, VSE JE LJUBEZEN.

Str. 64- Trije najbolj priljubljeni maliki so DENAR, SPOLNOST IN OBLAST. Trije najbolj smrtonosni izmed
Jul 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
i was dissapointed since i compared it to the Last Lecture, and it was stupid to me. I didn't even finish reading it all, but glanced through sections that seemed interesting to me. I liked pg 125 "our souls are boxers, too, and need hard times to spar with. The muscles of the soul are courage and character. They get stronger only through struggle and pain. In fact, they get strong only with some defeats, because strength of soul means wisdom, and wisdom comes from suffering." There was a good o ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great book for what it is--small little musings a parent might want to share with an almost-adult child (or upper high school). Take a few a day for the best reading. Could be an appropriate gift for high school or college graduation. NOT for young children. Lots of good things to think about and catch the mind for a few minutes or longer. Some are more interesting than others, but overall I am glad I read it and will pass it along to my high schooler.
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An excellent series of vignettes on living the Catholic life. Philosophical realism, practical morality, proverbs, and prayers all adorn the pages of this book. It is well worth reading, and if you do not have the time to read it, it is well worth skimming, because even in skimming it you can take something away from it.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any parent
This book has many thought-provoking chapters that make you stop and think about the decisions and priorities in your own life. What do we want our children to learn about life and how can we as parents help mold some of these valuable lessons? Worthwhile read for all parents of children!
David Ashraf
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A simple but profound wisdom in this book.
Nothing new you will learn from this book but it will remind you of how foolish you become as you grow old and you start taking everything for granted.
This book is a necessary reminder on what really matters in our everyday life.
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Rosemary MacMaster
This book as very insightful and thought provoking. I loved that each chapter was only a page or a few pages. After each chapter you could spend some time really contemplating what was written and how you could incorporate that chapter into you daily life.
Jul 25, 2009 rated it liked it
This book has many great letters from the author to his children that are food for thought (and action!) for all. I could have done without the foul language sprinkled in some letters though.
Jan 20, 2012 marked it as recommended
Recommended by our youth minister.
May 18, 2010 added it
Peter Kreeft is a saint!
MK Wachter
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good book to read a few pages at bedtime for perspective. I also used it for my perpetual adoration hours.
David Farel
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Brims with wisdom. This is one of those books that could potentially change your life.
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Profeessor Kreeft wrote this book for his four children. It's wise words that any parent would want to tell their children. I'm planning on giving my daughter a copy soon.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Much truth, wisdom, wit, and whimsy in one small tome. Well done!
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
a gem I look forward to reading again and again!
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before I Go is one long love letter from a father to his children, and I loved it.
Peter Kreeft has a gift for packing great mountains of wisdom into small, lucid paragraphs, and his love for Faith and Family is truly inspiring. I would recommend that anyone take the time to receive the humble life advice and wisdom that Kreeft offers in this book.
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Peter Kreeft is a Catholic apologist, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, and author of over 45 books including Fundamentals of the Faith , Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven , and Back to Virtue . Some consider him the best Catholic philosopher currently residing in the United States. His ideas draw heavily from religious and philosophical tradition, ...more
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