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The Best of the Worst News: Tales of Inspiration from Around the World and My Life with ALS by Norman MacIsaac is a memoir that will bring tears to the reader’s eyes and fire them up as they read the ordeal that the author went through when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also known as Lou Gehrig’s or Motor Neuron Disease. Alone, the news was heartbreaking, even crushing, and the thought that his days were numbered and that his disability would eventually get worse a troubling one. But this diagnosis, instead of crushing the author, started him on a journey to reconnect even more deeply with himself, a journey towards finding meaning. And that is how he takes the reader on a voyage of discovery across countries and continents.
While this is a personal account of how one man dealt with a terminal illness, it is a story that reads like an allegory of our human experience. As I read this book, the thought of my mortality deepened and I grew in the consciousness that one day I will experience weakness. The question is: How do I face my mortality? The Best of the Worst News: Tales of Inspiration from Around the World and My Life with ALS is a story of resilience and hope that carries a powerful message — life isn’t done until we take the final breath. Norman MacIsaac’s experiences are inspiring, his writing a gift that needs to be shared and his strong spirit an invitation to readers to face life with trust and openness. A wonderful book and one of the best memoirs I have read in a while.