If I Should Die Before You Wake
[NEW 2018 REVISED EDITION]
108 pages, 6x9
Conduct of life, Spirituality, Fatherhood, Ethics
a greenbank book
IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE YOU WAKE: A Father's Advice on the Art of Living
By Paul A. Keddy
How do we raise our children with a sacred view of their lives? How do we inspire them to be fully engaged members of our society? When author and professor Paul Keddy became seriously ill, he had two very young boys, and had to consider both these questions. Realizing that he might not be there to raise his sons, he decided to write down his instructions so they could some day read them.
Dr. Paul Keddy’s fatherly advice is based in part on his experiences of the Buddhist path, but with a deep appreciation of western culture. In particular, he draws upon an avowedly secular approach to spirituality called ‘the sacred path of warriorship’, as taught by the Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
More than thirty years have passed since this book first appeared. Dr. Keddy is now an elder, and his sons are grown men. This edition includes a new preface with some reflections for a new generation of readers. This book remains timely and appropriate for anyone trying to lead a spiritual life – with or without children.
Dr. Paul Keddy has been a professor of ecology for 30 years, and has published over 100 scholarly papers and six books. He currently makes his home in the Ottawa Valley. He has now lived in the forest much longer than Thoreau, and he is catching up to Charles Darwin and St. Francis of Assisi.