The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture, by Randy Paush. Hyperion Books.

This book has received a lot of press and definitely lives up to the hype. I’ve read it and had my older daughters read it. Youth groups and adult classes should read it. Pastors should read it. Parents should read it. This is one of those books you’ll be lending.

Randy is a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who is dieing of terminal cancer. His “last lecture” has become a classic on You Tube, Oprah, and Google Video ( 

The book sums up all he has learned in his 47 years in one final lecture. The book includes most of his lecture insights, but also tells the story of how the “last lecture” came about. It’s compelling, honest and full of stories.

His terminal cancer has become a lense through which he is evaluating his life and priorities. He says that the reason he delivered the last lecture and wrote the book was to leave a record of his life and insights for  his 3 young children, so that when they grow up, they will know their father and be able to learn from him even after he’s gone.

“It’s not the things you DO in life that you will regret on your deathbed, it’s the things you did not do.”

“Follow your passion.”

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

He talks a lot about BARRIERS, -how they challenge you and help you discover what’s most important to you. Those were some of my favorite parts of the book.

Randy grew up in the Presbyterian church.

The book is a quick read and spiritual in a non-theological way. It inspires you to consider your own legacy, and how you can create a good one!


Here’s a link to where you can buy it…

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By Randy Pausch / Hyperion BooksWhat would you say if you knew you were going to die soon? What life-lessons and advice would you give? Randy Pausch, professor of Computer Science and Design at Carnegie Mellon University, asked himself this question when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “The Last Lecture” is his answer to that question. Gathering from years of experience as a professor and mentor, Pausch gives advice on pursuing your dreams, making the most of your time and focusing on what matters. Let his last words inspire you to live more fully and embrace the time you have.
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2 Responses to The Last Lecture

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