Rick and Ashly
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020
24 Hours by Kendall Keeler is one of those books that can be read in two hours, processed in two months, yet personal incorporation would take two years! It’s release at a time when we all have contemplated death in this pandemic makes it an asset for each person. It is a book you want to keep a physical copy of on hand, with a few spare to share with loved ones. I’ve referred back to this book several times in the past month since reading it. At first, it seems Kendall establishes common knowledge, yet as the book builds we are pulled away from closely guarded beliefs about death, God, and even self, and reinserted with a new understanding and powerful perspective. No one will read this and remain unchanged! In parables and hidden meanings, things were revealed to me that slipped right past my guarded filters and preconceived notions about life and death.
Kendall Keeler employs my favorite of all author skills, namely employing the use of few words while conveying grand concepts. It keeps the reading time at a minimum yet makes maximum impact. He writes cleanly, confident of conveying his points, and he does not insult readers by plastering us with his command of turn-of-phrase. The topic of this book, Your Last 24, would not benefit from romance of language. As an author, Keeler seems to know that we’re well able to produce the appropriate imaginative responses in thought and emotion. This type of writer provides the stimuli in brief vignettes and introspective inquiries; we, the readers, are the cloud. He displays confidence in our ability to unzip his compressed files and store his robust content in our mental hard drives. This is audience participation most subtle. As such, one reads this book quickly enough. The experience of processing his offering, however, continues with us indefinitely. Mysterious and delightful.
Keeler’s Your Last 24 implores us to live today with the end in mind. He reminds us that, at any given point, we can reset ourselves and begin again, moving forward as we mean to continue, aware of the someday-coming final moment after which we shall do no more in this present state. He prods us toward self-evaluation, as his high school coach prodded him: “Is this really the path you want for the rest of your life?” In Keeler’s own words, within the very last pages of this short book, he lays our personal experiences out as plainly as possible, virtually answering all of our life’s dilemmas with a single question: “Can you now see that deliberately asking a future-focused question monumentally affects crucial life choices?” If Kendall Keeler has anything to offer, it is the encouragement to stare death brazenly in the face and then live that life that burns within us, that life that we know is truly worth living. He reminds us that our window of opportunity is open for a definite duration, and we do not know the moment of it’s closure. How would we spend the hours if we knew today was that day? This quick read is highly recommended as it shall likely stay with you for life.
“Before reading Your Last 24 I never thought about the reality that God has a plan for death itself. In his new book Kendall explains how death can exist in harmony with God’s good character.”
“I love Kendall’s use of the phrase, ‘There is an ancient saying’ before quoting the Bible. It gives it a fresh take.”
“After finishing your book I have found that it is one of those timeless treasures that can be read in two hours, processed in two months, yet personal incorporation would take two years. “
Thanks again, Kendall, for our autographed copy of your book. It was terrific! I really appreciate your honesty and humility in sharing your personal stories and thought that weaving the fictional story throughout the non-fiction teaching was an excellent technique and keeps readers wanting more. I’d like to be on your list for the next book.
My favorite paragraph is on the bottom of page 109, “…The only thing that sounds crazier than responding to his call would be to remain forever in your grave.”
You and Barb make a brilliant team! Great job!
I read your book “Your Last 24” while on vacation last week. These are comments I sent to my sister: “I’ve been reading a book written by a friend from church and I’m on hour 13. He explores different concepts and asks you to process and ends each “hour” with a question to answer. It’s a series. Not at all what I expected. Perhaps I thought discussing my last 24 hours would be about calling people, making amends-asking forgiveness, sharing Christ w/someone you had never had that conversation with, saying goodbye to family (or see you in heaven). Definitely trying to ask more WHAT questions each day vs. WHY.