The Four Things That Matter Most – Comments From Other Authors

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“This beautiful book, full of wisdom and warmth, teaches us how to protect and preserve our most valuable possessions–the relationships with those we love. It shows that the things that matter definitely aren’t “things,” and how to empower your life in the right direction.”

Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”


“The 4 Things That Matter Most provides simple, insightful words and stories that move the heart and the soul.  Dr. Byock shows us a graceful way to nurture relationships and heal those that need mending.”

Zorba Paster, MD, author of “The Longevity Code”


“A tender read I highly recommend — The Four Things That Matter Most offers simple but solid solutions for healing our complex and fragile relationships — wisdom that will surely enrich our lives.”

Maggie Callanan, co-author of “Final Gifts”


“For anyone who believes that years of therapy are required for transforming relationships with others, this book will come as a pleasant surprise. Great wisdom has always been simple – that is why it is elusive – and great wisdom is what this book contains.”

Larry Dossey, MD author of “Healing beyond the Body”, “reinventing medicine,” and “Healing Words”


“The Four Things that Matter Most is a book of common sense wisdom that has the power to dynamically change your life. It is a pleasure to recommend a book that encourages you to transform the quality of your life in simple ways that actually work.”

Caroline Myss, author of “Sacred Contracts” and “Anatomy of the Spirit”


“Ira Byock’s compassionate and important work in the field of dying has given him the four great treasures of love and freedom that all of us can use throughout our life. This wonderful book opens the doors to these jewels of compassion.”

Joan Halifax, PhD, author, Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, former research assistant to Joseph Campbell,
founder and director of Ojai Foundation and founder, Upaya Foundation


“The Four Things That Matter Most is a tribute to compassion.  Master storyteller and physician Ira Byock shows how four simple statements can improve your life, heal your relationships, and transform your understanding of death.  Every home deserves of copy of this gem!”

Cat Saunders, PhD. author of  “Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook”

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