As Long As I Live was translated from the Hebrew book, Es'haleich. It is an incredibly inspirational story told by the man himself. R' Aharon Margalit was physically sick as a kid, but that did not stun his emotional, mental and spiritual growth at all. Read about how he overcomes many hard situations in life and continues to thrive even under testing conditions.
Judging the Book by its Cover - a first glance review:
After reading the story, I appreciated the cover. It portrays a respectful man, busy, concentrating on documents at his desk. R' Margalit describes several instances through out the book where he had to sit and examine the facts. He is an organized individual, both in his thoughts and actions.
Some Details I Liked:
Aside from the actual story-line I very much appreciated the tips at the end of the book. When writing a book, it is hard to tell the story and make sure that the lesson is taken the right way. This book has a clear life lesson and pointers to carry-out that lesson.
Who This Book is For:
This book is for people struggling that are looking for chizuk and encouragement. By struggling, I mean in any sense. R' Margalit writes about serious spiritual, emotional, mental and physical struggles and how he overcame them.
Who This Book Isn’t For:
Someone looking for especially light or depressing reading. This book is full of ups, but does have some downs. The beauty of the book is that all the downs are put in perspective and used a weights to help build strength.
What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better:
I have to admit that it took me some time to get "into" this book. It is at least 60 years that are written about from cover to cover, some episodes dwelled on and others just mentioned in passing. I also had trouble with the fonts changing from regular to italics, but that is just a personal preference issue.
As long as I live, I think I will read this book a few more times and apply the lessons from it, many, many more times. This is an inspirational story with a happy ending, lots of positive throughout the hard parts and written by the person himself, giving it a special authentic feel.