June 19, 2018

From Beginning To End

From Beginning to End by Robert Fulghum
Nonfiction - Essays
1995 Villard Books
Finished on November 14, 2017
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

Here is the book of a lifetime: a celebration of our everyday lives. Births, weddings, reunions, funerals: These are some of the events that Robert Fulghum explores in this powerful new work.

How we change--yet remain constant--from moment to moment, year to year, from one stage of life to another, is Fulghum's memorable theme in From Beginning to End. Here, America's most beloved philosopher and essayist teaches us how to address our personal transformations, large and small, with dignity, love, and acceptance. Whether they are public rituals, anything from weddings to sales meetings; private rituals, such as the saying of grace at a family dinner; or secret passages, such as one's personal greeting of the day, these habits and routines are sacred, as they bring structure and meaning to daily life, enriching who we are both individually and collectively. "Structure gives us a sense of security," Fulghum writes. "And that sense of security is the ground of meaning." In this book, Fulghum prepares us for the whole range of meaningful and spiritual journeys that we take from childhood to old age.

Filled with unforgettable anecdotes and practical advice, and replete with Fulghum's signature wit, wisdom, and sagacity, From Beginning to End is a book to cherish, savor, and return to again and again for all the days of our lives.

From Beginning To End is another book I chose to re-read during the Nonfiction November Challenge. I wrote about Fulghum's essays here and don't have anything else to add other than that I wound up skimming the second half and that it wasn't as good as the first time I read it. 

Original Rating: 4/5 (Very Good) 


  1. I can see where essays wouldn't be as good the second time around.

    1. Kathy, you might be right. I should look on my shelves and see if I have any collections that I enjoyed a second time. Can't think of any off the top of my head!


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