New Book About Dying Inadvertently Becomes About Life

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Authors Bob Hoyt and Joe Spradlin Share Experiences and Insights on Various Topics

One of the distinct behaviors humans have that separates them from the rest of the Earth’s biosphere is that they constantly search for meaning and purpose in their lives, as well as in their deaths. Numerous members of the race throughout known and unknown history have brandished their explanations; some make sense and advance the human condition, while others are just contrived gimmicks at self-glorification. Two old men, Bob Hoyt and Joe Spradlin, throw their hats in and offer their own insights on this matter of “be-ing” in a book, To Be Is Better.

The two old colleagues began what they planned to be a short manual on dying. It turned out to be more about living, religion and a few observations about the politics of the day. The book is not an autobiography or a blank indictment of religion, nor is it a political screed. It is a mixture of the experiences of two men with varied lives and a range of interests in the last half of the last century. They did not end up defining the meaning of life, but instead they observe many of the illusions about life and belief and warn of a malevolence that is being perpetuated in the name of faith.

To Be Is Better is a piece of literature meant to be read with an open an inquisitive mind; adamant dogmatists and purveyors of absolute certainly need not partake. There is a touch of humor in their writings, and the authors exhibit a genuine concern for the advancement of humanity as a whole. Sensible folk will be able to resonate with their ideas, and for those who do not, it might provide a gentle push towards self-examination and further enlightenment.

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About the Authors
Bob Hoyt and Joe Spradlin were born in different counties in Western Kansas at the beginning of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Both were farmers for a time, but the world of books and ideas became a stronger attraction than the land.

Bob spent time in the military during the Korean police action and worked in intelligence as a technical writer in Washington during the 1960s. Joe Spradlin earned his Ph.D. and became research director for Bureau of Child Research projects at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. He is a prominent behavioral scientist who has published extensively on behavior analysis and teaching children with handicaps. Bob now lives in Tennessee, Joe in Kansas.

To Be Is Better * by Bob Hoyt & Joe Spradlin
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 143 pages; 978-1-4653-7615-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 143 pages; 978-1-4653-7616-9
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-7617-6

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