• How to Host a Viking Funeral

  • The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be
  • By: Kyle Scheele
  • Narrated by: Kyle Scheele
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

An inspiring speaker and artist asked 20,000 people around the world to share the regrets they wanted him to burn in a mock Viking ship. 

This is the story of what he learned about letting go of the pain of the past and embracing the future with hope.

Turning 30, artist and speaker Kyle Scheele wanted to do something unusual to mark this milestone. Instead of a birthday bash, he decided to hold a funeral to memorialize the decade of his life that was ending. Building a 16-foot Viking ship out of cardboard, he invited friends to help him set it on fire - a symbolic farewell to his 20s and all the grief, regret, and mistakes that accompanied those years. 

When video of his Viking funeral went viral, it encouraged many others to let go of past hurts as well. Moved by the response he received, Kyle planned a second funeral (this time with a 30-foot cardboard Viking ship) and asked people to share the things they carried - the bad choices, disappointments, heartaches, and negative thinking that they wanted to lay to rest. He received more than 20,000 responses from around the world - stories both heartbreaking and hilarious, painful and inspiring. 

In this entertaining and wise book, Kyle reflects on what he discovered about freeing ourselves from the pain of the past, interweaving anecdotes from those who participated with the story of his own journey of renewal. “This story involves multiple Viking funerals, thousands of square feet of cardboard, and enough hot glue to supply your mother-in-law's craft night for the rest of time,” he writes. “But it also involves regret, self-doubt, insecurity, and ultimately, redemption. So buckle up. It's about to get bumpy.”

How to Host a Viking Funeral is the story of letting go of the people we used to be, but no longer want to be. It’s about renewal; where there was once regret there is now blank space - an opportunity for a fresh start.

©2022 Kyle Scheele (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Best book ever

I loved it and will recommend this book to everyone I know. 🔥 🐲 🚤 🔥 BURN THE Regrets

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  • 04-30-22

Wow!

Very rarely does a book make me laugh out loud and cry, this book has it all. Absolutely love it and is one of my favorites!!!!

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Inspirational and Exceptional

Excellent read, insightful and helpful resource for letting go and becoming your best you. Super funny, absolutely loved it - Thanks to author for reading it too... it brought it more to life, loved the humor and reactions. Just Thank You for this opportunity to experience a part of this journey. Regards, Ro

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Great Read!

What a great read/listen. Very entertaining insightful and inspiring. Would love to hear more from this author

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Epic Story, a great positive odyssey

A wonderful journey with Kyle of self-awareness and proper perspective on life. I'm so glad Kyle narrated this book. I'm not sure it would have had the same impact and emotion with anyone else. I can not wait for whatever adventure he takes us on next.

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So many lessons!

With both grace and chaos, this book is a smooth, honest and funny guide on letting go, finding your bliss, and exploration of self.

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A great book that offers nuggets of wisdom

First off, this book has nothing to do with Vikings or hosting funerals in a literal sense. However, this book was a pleasure to “read” and was a uplifting break from all of the things that weigh us down.

With practical insight riddled with humor and great storytelling, Kyle really drives home the point of how to let go of the past and shape our future. He encourages us to be the best we can be while embracing who we are in a world that wants us to be something else—often an unrealistic and unattainable version of a person that doesn’t even exist.

You will laugh and cry (unless you are heartless) and gain some practical insight to be a better human—and the world could definitely use a little more of that. Anyway, I would highly recommend this book.

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brilliant

everything i ever wanted to know about how to NOT build a cardboard sculpture. keep em coming Scheele

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Amazing story Kyle!

Fantastic book that I will read many more times! Moving and inspirational! A must read for creatives

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Such a great read!

I purchased this book after seeing Kyle post about it on Tik Tok. I figured his posts are interesting an entire book has to be. Boy did I enjoy it so much more than I expected. His stories were great, thought provoking and inspirational. I have already suggested the book to several friends.

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  • 03-02-22

Permission to be creative and letting go

Kyle's story is that lovely blend of humorous and heartfelt.
I love the emphasis throughout this book that your creative ideas are not stupid if they bring even a little joy to the world. It made me want to move forward with things I've left on the back burner for fear of them being a waste of time.

Kyle has a natural speaking style which really works for the book. As he's a professional public speaker this makes sense.
TBH the only jarring part was the different people reading the regrets at the beginning of the chapters. It did help to separate the submissions from the narrative though, so it worked.