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Not Now, When: Reclaiming Ourselves at Midlife by Stephanie Marston
Book Description: Who am I really? What are my own real needs and dreams? And, if I'm not fulfilling them now, when will I? These are just some of the defining questions women between the ages of 40 and 55 are asking. Now, in one of the first books to address the spiritual, emotional, and psychological dimensions of this challenging life stage, family therapist Stephanie Marston will act as a midwife to make the rite of passage meaningful and transformative. Through examining the inspiring interviews of more than 100 women, the empowering message of this book is clear: midlife can be one of the most profoundly significant times in a woman's life.

"All About Me" by Philipp Keel
Editorial Review: As you've probably heard before, an unexamined life... may be pretty darn boring. You can remedy that with "All About Me," a journal filled with checklists and fill-in-the-blank questions divided into 25 categories, including sexuality, ego, wishes & dreams, opinions, emotions, memories, and choices. What authors have affected you? Do you believe in God? What film can you watch over and over? "All About Me" can serve as a fine tool for improving your self-knowledge.

Now, if you simply want to laugh at 50, there's only one author who guarantees humor. Judith Viorst gives us "Forever Fifty and Other Negotiations" by Judith Viorst
Editorial Review Her bestselling verse has unerringly captured our follies and our foibles over the decades. Now Judith Viorst, in a witty and beautifuUy illustrated book of poems, looks at what it's like to be (gulp) fifty. Writing with the warmth and authenticity that have become her trademarks, Viorst once again demonstrates her uncanny ability to transform our daily realities into poems that make us laugh with recognition. Whether her subject is the decline of the body ("It's hard to be devil-may-care/When there are pleats in your derrière") or future aspirations ("Before I go, I'd like to have high cheekbones./I'd like to talk less like New Jersey, and more like Claire Bloom"), she always speaks directly to our condition. Her funny, compassionate poems shed a reassuring light on the fine art of aging, and will delight anyone who is now (or forever) fifty.


"What's Next - Women Redefining their Dreams in the Prime of Life" by Rena Pederson with Dr. Lee Smith
This is a collection of profiles of successful women which illustrate the many ways we can re-envision our lives at midlife. Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of this process - for example, "follow your passion;" "build a circle of support;" and "have a series of careers." Questions to ask yourself and suggestions for change are presented at the end of each chapter. This is an inspiring book filled with models of midlife change. Pederson does a fine job of placing the challenges faced by midlife women today in historical, social and economic context. "What's Next?" is a useful addition to your midlife library.
Amazon $11.96 Paperback - 336 pages


"Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live" by Martha Nibley Beck
Editorial Review Amazon.com: Put the telescope away; the North Star mentioned here is a human body, not a heavenly one. And like Polaris, which has guided sailors for centuries, the human body's gut feelings and emotions can help guide a wayward soul back to his or her "essential self." In this absorbing combination of detailed self-awareness exercises and true stories from her own counseling experience (equal parts sobering and hysterically entertaining), Harvard-trained sociologist Martha Beck invites readers to explore their heart's desires and the vast social webs that keep such desires in check. The goal is not to forsake the "social self" and indulge every emotional impulse of the "essential self." Rather, Beck gives readers the tools and the encouragement to achieve maximum happiness by harmonizing these typically divergent voices.
Amazon $17.46 Hardcover - 380 pages 1 Ed edition (March 20, 2001)


"The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor" by Gail McMeekin
Gail McMeekin believes you have creative powers and shows you how to easily access them and take the necessary steps to complete your creative project or vision. This book takes you by the hand and spurs you on with true life stories of highly creative women who have made their creative life a high priority and brought originality and genius into the world. You can do it too and she will teach you how to master those inner and outer saboteurs who will attempt to drown your ideas in fear. Gail McMeekin helps you put on a raincoat and defer to your own passion and inspiration. After reading this book, sit down and meditate on what you feel called to share with the world and follow her 12 steps and do it. Gail McMeekin is a light in this mad world that will guide you into success at expressing your creative self. I can see why 2 Amazon reviewers gave this book the 5 star rating.
Amazon $13.56 Paperback - 256 pages (February 2000)


"Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams" by Lucia Capacchione
Amazon $18.16 Hardcover - 256 pages (January 3, 2000)
Editorial Reviews Book Description
A truly visionary book based on the popular workshops of a highly acclaimed art therapist, designer, and pioneer in personal growth through creativity. The ten steps of Visioning are a road map to the creative process applied to health, relationships, career, home, and other areas of life. The author offers a manual featuring ten simple steps for designing the life you've always wanted but didn't know how to achieve. Visioning follows the same rules that inspire professional designers and demonstrates how anyone can use them in everyday living. With easy-to-follow and playful hands-on art activities and time-tested techniques, readers effectively grasp how to visualize their true heart's desires. Lavishly illustrated with photos and collages, and filled with success stories, Visioning sparks "the designer within" and makes real the notion that if you can dream it, you can do it.

cover "Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want - and Getting It" by Henriette Anne Klauser
Amazon $9.60 Paperback - 250 pages 1st edition (January 2001)
Editorial Reviews Book Description
Turn your dreams into reality by taking matters into your own hands.
In Write It Down, Make It Happen, Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D., explains how simply writing down your goals in life is the first step toward achieving them. Writing can even help you understand what you want. In this book, you will read stories about ordinary people who witnessed miracles large and small unfold in their lives after they performed the basic act of putting their dreams on paper. Klauser's down-to-earth tips and easy exercises are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Before you know it, you'll be writing your own ticket to success.


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