A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next
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New York Times bestselling author David Horowitz is famous for his conversion from 1960s radicalism. In A Point in Time, his lyrical yet startling new book, he offers meditations on an even deeper conversion, one which touches on the very essence of every human life.

Part memoir and part philosophical reflection, A Point in Time focuses on man’s inevitable search for meaning—and how for those without religious belief, that search often leads to a faith in historical progress, one that is bound to disappoint. Horowitz agrees with Marcus Aurelius, whose stoic philosophy provides a focal point for the book, “He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything that has taken place from all eternity and everything that will be for time without end.…”

Horowitz remembers his father, a political radical who put his faith in just such a redemptive future. He examines this hope through the other great figure who organizes these reflections, the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose writings foreshadowed the great tragedies of the social revolutions to come. Horowitz draws on eternal themes: the need we have to make sense out of the lives we have been given, our desire to repair the injustices we encounter, and the consequences of our mortality.

Interweaving episodes of his own life with the writings of the philosopher and the novelist, Horowitz explores how we provide meaning to an apparently senseless existence and the dire consequences that follow from seeking to redeem it by attempting to make a perfect world out of the imperfect one in which we find ourselves.

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A POINT IN TIME


“David Horowitz is so powerful a polemicist that it is often forgotten how beautifully he writes. For the same reason, the deeply considered philosophical perspective and the wide-ranging erudition underlying his political passions are just as often overlooked. But it is precisely these qualities that come to the fore and shine through so brilliantly in the linked meditations that make up A Point in Time. With Marcus Aurelius, Ecclesiastes, and Dostoevsky as its guides, this little book boldly ventures into an exploration of first things and last that is as moving as it is profound.”
—NORMAN PODHORETZ, author of Why Are Jews Liberals?

“A beautiful book, both sad and uplifting. Moving in turns from the intimate to the universal, Horowitz not only explores but also embodies the dignity of the tragic worldview. A Point in Time is a poignant and elegiac reflection on life from a man who bears the burden of unknowing with courage and grace.”
—ANDREW KLAVAN, author of True Crime and Empire of Lies

“Emulating Marcus Aurelius, David Horowitz has produced a meditation on facing death that is poignant and wise. Whether invoking the Stoics or reflecting on his own father, he helps us think through that most basic of all questions: what is it that can give meaning to our existence?”
—WALTER ISAACSON, author of Einstein

“I have admired David Horowitz for decades. He has taught me many important lessons. But never have I been so moved by his writing as I am by this brief and profound book.”
—DENNIS PRAGER, author of Why the Jews?

A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next Book Information

Title:A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next
Edition Language:English
ISBN:159698290X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:128 pages
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    A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next Book Reviews

  • Danusha Goska
    Nov 21, 2014

    Reading David Horowitz's "A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in this Life and the Next" is like taking an autumn stroll with a gray-haired elder encountered at a family reunion. You were expec...

  • Dale
    Feb 25, 2012

    A Big Change of Pace for HorowitzDavid Horowitz is best known as a fearless in-your-face political brawler. He will literally go anywhere to debate anyone about any political topic - the more strident...

  • Michael Burkhalter
    Dec 13, 2016

    Such a pleasure to readOne of the few books whose ending I dreaded. Though short, it's dives quickly into history and philosophy in ways most writers will not or cannot. Thank goodness for the aged pe...

  • Joshua Nuckols
    May 08, 2017

    Making peace with despair....

  • Todd Hansink
    May 26, 2012

    I like David Horowitz and I liked this book but I cannot recommend it because of its nihilistic conclusions. It seems to me that David’s upbringing and personal experiences with the utopian socialis...

  • Pixel Word
    Jan 20, 2013

    The stories we tell ourselves to keep our souls in motion are numerous but their purpose is the same. Whether we imagine we are creating a family line that will continue forever, or are pursuing missi...

  • Ted
    Dec 15, 2011

    Horowitz takes an introspective but meandering look at his life as well as historical accounts to compare people who want to forge an earthly paradise to people who either look to an after-life for re...

  • Jim Barton
    Apr 02, 2012

    I was so captivated by this book that my only disappointment was reaching the end. For me it was one of those rare books that left me feeling I was a better person for having read it. Wisdom imbues th...

  • Charlene Mathe
    Aug 07, 2012

    In my library, this book pairs with Horowitz' 2009 book, " Cracking of the Heart," reflecting on the life of his disabled daughter, Sarah. Similarly, "A Point in Time" reflects on his own life and tho...

  • Nikki
    Nov 20, 2011

    Beautifully written! This is an introspective reflection by Horowitz on the philosophical underpinnings of his beliefs as he faces his own death. He is a fascinating man with an interesting story--rai...