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Product Details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: FTA Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966087496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966087499
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maggie Cranes book, Amazing Grays, is a road map for finding your own peace, adjusting your attitude and taking the journey like a class act. We can rail against pesky gravity, passing time and life s disappointments but in the end its all about accepting change, creating balance and finding value. Maggie s book will help you sort through fact and fiction to come up with a real life approach so that as you live longer you will feel better doing it! --Mary Jo Korn - Aging Physical Therapist

Reading Amazing Grays is like sharing a glass of wine with a girlfriend, and laughing your way through a heart-to-heart talk about what really matters as we age. With humor, tenderness, and great vulnerability on her part, Maggie encourages us to challenge our old ways of seeing things so we can truly embrace the next 50 years and live them with gusto! --Colleen Campbell - Biofeedback Specialist

With her elegantly straightforward style of writing, Maggie helps take us to a place of real joy, a step beyond happiness. As I continue to surrender outdated parts of myself on my own journey through aging, I am reminded by this book that this season in life can truly give us back to ourselves. --Sharon Kearin - Movement Educator

Reading Amazing Grays is like sharing a glass of wine with a girlfriend, and laughing your way through a heart-to-heart talk about what really matters as we age. With humor, tenderness, and great vulnerability on her part, Maggie encourages us to challenge our old ways of seeing things so we can truly embrace the next 50 years and live them with gusto! --Colleen Campbell - Biofeedback Specialist

With her elegantly straightforward style of writing, Maggie helps take us to a place of real joy, a step beyond happiness. As I continue to surrender outdated parts of myself on my own journey through aging, I am reminded by this book that this season in life can truly give us back to ourselves. --Sharon Kearin - Professional Dancer

About the Author

Maggie Crane was born on the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation, and has had the quintessential boomer experience: she worked her way through college, married, had a child, divorced, thrived in a few careers, survived as a single mom, remarried and struggled with blended family issues.

After traveling the country for nearly a decade delivering leadership and life skills workshops for women, the demands of her travel schedule and the onset of menopause collided with the big 5-0. She was moved to press the pause button on her life and reassess her priorities. She watched in astonishment as her skin began to lose its elasticity, and was mildly horrified when her tummy morphed into a permanent flotation device. Smile lines etched in deeper and she found it necessary to color her hair more often. When she made the decision to stop dyeing her hair, she came face-to-face with her fears about aging in a youth oriented culture. And so began her not-so-graceful quest to age mindfully.

Gradually, Maggie learned that her frustrations, fears and anxieties about aging grew quiet when she faced them directly. She learned to refocus her energies on the people, things and activities that brought a smile to her face and a song to her heart. By letting go of old identities and rediscovering new passions, she has gradually (but not always gracefully) hitched her rope to a growing movement of Amazing Grays.


More About the Author

Prior to writing AMAZING GRAYS, I spent a decade crisscrossing the country, conducting leadership and life-skills workshops for women. Born on the leading edge of the Baby Boom generation, I have experienced many life passages common to my peers: college, marriage, divorce, single motherhood, career changes, creating a blended family...and going gray!
Through my writing, speeches and workshops, I expose the fears and anxieties that haunt many midlife women - and reveal how to mindfully navigate the turbulence with wisdom, perspective and practice. I also serve as a guest editor for the Dove Real Women/Real Beauty Campaign website. Learn more at maggiecrane.com.

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Women - buy this book!
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She's gifted us with her authenticity and encouraged us to recognize and accept our own inner joy.
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After reading the book I have decided to stop coloring my hair.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lynn C. Davis on March 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
At first I was skeptical of "just another book on aging", but Maggie Crane's AMAZING GRAYS has opened my life to just that....amazing grace. A lifetime of never measuring up to the approved cultural Barbie model left me, at 61, feeling like a has-been that never was! Drawing on her incredible insight and humor, Maggie speaks to self-realization in a way that finally connects; that finally makes it not only "OK" but actually, a relief to be at home in my own skin...no longer afraid to exhale.
Thanks, Maggie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adriane on June 19, 2008
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Balanced somewhere between a memoir and a how-to, this book shares the most poignant insights on what it means to be a woman "of a certain age," and how to chart a graceful course through the physical changes, emotional challenges and mental gauntlet of aging. With honesty, humor and plenty of research, Maggie lights the way for women who want to live with vibrance and joy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Susan Vaughn on October 16, 2009
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AMAZING GRAYS is truly the best book on aging gracefully that I have ever read! Period. Exclamation Point! Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. Maggie has given me a whole new perspective on aging by showing me how to not succumb to the fear based chatter in my head. She has validated what I suspected - that the possibilities far outweigh the fears.

Whoever reviewed this book on Amazon and said it was all about gray hair must have been thinking about a different book. Amazing Grays has only 2 chapters out of the entire book devoted to gray hair - and even those are full of real life wisdom and humor. This is most definitely NOT a book just about going gray. It's so much more.

I can't say enough about how grateful I am as a baby boomer (1959) that Maggie wrote this wonderful book! I grabbed my yellow marker and have marked up the book with quote after quote after quote of Maggie's wisdom (not the sidebar items, although they were great too). I'm reading them over and over so that her words of wisdom stick with me - for good! Women - buy this book!

Susan Vaughn
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sunny in Miami on February 8, 2014
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Fun, informative, entertaining and inspirational book for us boomers. I've stopped coloring my hair and am proudly going gray---and while I'm getting surprisingly negative comments from 50-65 year olds (I'm 60), the young college kids I work with love it! Some of my contemporaries privately tell me "Oh, I'd love to go gray but I'm just not brave enough . . ." How freaking sad is that?! Just DO it, life is too short to worry about the small stuff---and believe me your hair color IS small stuff. Be proud of every smile line and gray hair.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paulette Ensign on April 22, 2010
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Maggie Crane offers excellent and realistic questions to ponder and terrific suggestions for enjoying the journey about which I was already feeling pretty great. Amazing Grays is a very approachable and realistic read. It's also about choice rather than espousing one size fits all. I've always believed life is about choices, including those regarding chronological age and whatever comes with it. It's no surprise people (including me!) are hard pressed to believe I'm 62 given how I choose to approach my life. Maggie reinforces all of that in the most positive ways. Thanks for all of what went into creating this gem, Maggie! I'll happily be giving copies of it to many of my closest friends (including my two sisters) as birthday presents this year.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lee Carter on April 9, 2008
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We all have had those days when everything changes, those moments when we realize we've been taken in by the Madison Avenue culture of youth and beauty, and Maggie Crone's was a few years ago while getting her gray hair dyed. BOOM, she suddenly realized that she needed a whole new perspective on being in her 50's and feeling good about it.

Maggie is determined to help us all let go of our previous conditioning and expectations of aging, and create our own experience. Her exciting new book explores and analyzes our culture's social, psychological, and spiritual assumptions about aging in the midst of our youth-obsessed culture, and all from the baby boomer perspective. She looks deeply into how our minds create unrealistic expectations just out of habit, and how important it is that we challenge those false assumptions about ourselves and our aging process.

The name of one of her chapters is: Don't believe everything you think, and it's very true! The thoughts that float around in our heads, and the fears that grow from them, actually have very little basis in reality. They stem from a lifetime of conditioning. We must challenge those beliefs and then carefully and rationally choose another perspective.

If you're ready to change your mind about aging and finally feel good about who you are, read this book![...]
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Toni Bartz on March 31, 2008
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Though I'm still in my mid-40's I've certainly begun experiencing aspects of beginning to age. Having lost my mother while in my twenties, being the oldest in my family and the oldest in my circle of girlfriends, I was looking for some guidance as mid-life approaches.
What a treasure I found this book to be! Maggie Crane writes with such honesty and insight! I was so moved by the generosity with which she shares her own experiences. About hair color and so much more!

She provides practical information with clarity and without the feel of reading a textbook. I found answers to questions I didn't even know to ask.

This book is uplifting and empowering. I'll be buying copies for my sisters and girlfiends - way before they turn 50!
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