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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
So I'm 26... I read about half the book the night before I gave this to my mother for her 50th. I really liked it and wished that I had more time to finish it. Even though I'm only :) halfway to 50 I was feeling like it applied a lot to my life as well. My mother was struggling with the idea of turning 50. The three best things (in this order)that we did to help her get over this feeling was 1) overwhelm her with "little" surprises... 2) let all her friends, family, and coworkers know (They added to the little surprises way more than what we could have done)and 3) we gave her this book (Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty: Fifty Experts on the Subject of Turning Fifty)to read on the down time after everything was all said and done. She positivity commented on the book a few times on how it really gave her a different outlook than what she had.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2006
This is a compilation from various authors writing on the subject of turning 50. The first contributor really lays it on the line by saying "Stop complaining" and get your act together so that you'll get through many years after 50. I appreciated that these 50 writers "provided essays on a pro-bono basis" and profits from the book will go toward non-profit organizations focused on cancer research. This is a great book to give as a gift to friends reaching this sometimes challenging milestone.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2009
I read this book in almost one sitting. I found the advice helpful, as well as entertaining. I have three friends turning 50 in March and bought a copy for each of them. I'm trying to make my year of turning 50 pivotal. This book helped me wrap my brain around saying "I'm Fifty."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book for my younger sister as part of her fiftieth birthday present. She particular about books and doesn't like anything too technical or too frivolous. She said this book was great and she's very much enjoying it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2010
A friend got this for a 50th birthday gift. I was so impressed, ordered my own copy. Gives one pause to think about the days to come. Wonderful gift!!!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2011
I would recommend this book to anyone turning 50. I bought it for my mother for her birthday and she has appreciated it more than we both thought she would. At first when she read the title she kind of rolled her eyes and thought "Oh yeah... 50 things to do when you're 50. They probably say to sky-dive and bungee-jump... not going to happen." I was a little worried that it may be fluffy or not very practical, but in fact it has been a great comfort to her. Because the authors have all turned 50 they are writing from a realistic standpoint, not a stereotypical "bucket list" viewpoint. They offer solid advice and personal stories that she has really been able to relate to. Often times she tells me something about what she read in the book that has given her a new way of thinking about life after her 50th birthday. I am VERY glad I bought it for her and very glad she is reading it. She dreaded turning 50, but this book has helped her embrace her age! :) Order this one instead of any of those other zillion "When you're 50" books. :)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
great idea and some of the articles are charming. but many are simply advertising for whatever the person does - a yoga guru etc. i got bored halfway through and dropped it. not worth the money for the few interesting chapters.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2006
Knowledgeably edited by Ronnie Sellers, Fifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty is an informed and thought-provoking collection of fifty writers contributing ideas, advice, observations, and instructions upon turning fifty years old. As an ideal how-to and what-to-do book informing its readers of the many fears and beliefs that might concern most fifty-year-olds, and explores why they might feel as they do and what to do to avoid or confront such barriers. Fifty Things To Do When You Turn Fifty is very strongly recommended to all readers who have or are contemplating turning fifty-something as the ultimate guideline of staying young as an explorative and practical fifty-year-old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2012
Wow! very informative reading that mentally prepares us for the next half cent of living. It is a refresher of life looking back and reiterates in so many words that the reason the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror is because it is more important where we are going than we we are coming from.

Definitely a fun read with contributions from many recognized resident experts. Get this book before you turn fifty so you can set your GPS on the future and make the best of the senior adventures ahead.

The book ends on a super positive message "Trade Strength for Wisdom" Your going to love it!
Read this book and pass it down to the next person approaching 5-0.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 31, 2012
I gave this to my husband for his 50th birthday more as a fun gift, but we both had a lot of fun reading the essays, some of which were humorous, some were sobering but all really got us thinking, and more importantly, planning for the next chapter of our lives. Thoughtful and inspiring, it really got both of us talking about who we want to be and the meaning we want for our lives. This is definitely an awesome gift for anyone getting ready to cross over to the other side of 50.
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