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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade; 1 Original edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583334041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334041
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully and skillfully written, this book manages to warm your heart and inspire the creative genius in us all. Deciding to make changes in your life is never easy, but this book will give you the courage and the creative tools to do so."
-Eva Selhub, M.D., clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of The Love Response: Your Prescription to Turn Off Fear, Anger, and Anxiety to Achieve Vibrant Health and Transform Your Life

"Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan do a masterful job painting a picture of midlife transitions, all too often do-it-yourself projects fraught with as many roadblocks as opportunities. This book helps ease the burden of going solo. It's your map to a successful encore."
-Marc Freedman, Founder and CEO, Civic Ventures

"Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan have created a book that manages to be exceedingly smart and enormously hopeful at the same time. With personal stories that will stir your heart and exercises that will strengthen your skills, Becoming a Life Change Artist can help anyone create a more meaningful future."
-Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

"This is a passionate and compassionate guide to what making art can teach us a about making change, and a navigational chart to what may be the ultimate art project: creating an inspired and purposeful life. This book itself is an inspiration."
-Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life

"Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan bring a fresh idea to the literature of reinvention -- using the skills of successful artists as a model for how to respond to the sparks that tell us it is time for some kind of life shift. ?Anyone with a creative urge will be grateful for this book. "Becoming a Life Change Artist" is a godsend not just for would- be artists, but also for anyone on the path to a more fully realized or authentic life."
-Marci Alboher, author One Person/Multiple Careers and former Shifting Careers columnist/blogger for the New York Times

"Fred Mandell and Kathleen Jordan's book is a message reminding us that creativity is ageless. An important contribution and an inspiration to us all."
Harry R. Moody, Director of Academic Affairs, AARP

About the Author

Fred Mandell, Ph.D., is an acclaimed personal transformation catalyst, inspiring speaker, and innovative consultant. He conducts Life Change Studio workshops throughout the country. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
Kathleen Jordan, Ph.D., is a psychologist who specializes in personal creativity and business innovation. She divides her time between Boston, Colorado Springs, and St. Augustine, Florida. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wilson on August 26, 2010
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I got this book because of knowing one of the authors. I devoured it within 4 days - despite balancing commitments to my vocation and my children - because of the story itself.

I had no idea what to expect when starting this book other than a wide anticipation of some type of wisdom about creativity. The book goes far beyond that. It interlaces stories of "real people" who have struggled and found their own strength to create their lives with fascinating descriptions of well-known artists throughout history to demonstrate how designing one's own life is not limited to the realm of the "other people". Questions posed to the reader truly invite the reader to take the wisdom from being in the realm of "them" to "us" to "me". The authors underline the rewards yet also acknowledge the hardships of creatively designing and taking responsibility for one's own life.

I also will admit that I generally shy away from books offering specific steps - i.e. "10 steps to ...." or "The only 3 Tools You'll Need to....". Fortunately, while this book does indeed pose 7 specific creative skills, it presents them in a fascinating open way that allows the reader to follow the specific skills or simply take the stories offered and incorporate them into a language that speaks to the reader personally.

The book is wonderfully presented, delving first into the process of life change (i.e. what it means, how it applies to those who would call themselves "artists" but also and primarily towards those just feeling the pull of Change in their lives), then offering skills for living creatively (from ideas such as Embracing Uncertainty to Discipline). The final chapter provides an excellent wrap up and inspirational send-off.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S Birkam on September 17, 2010
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You just know when you finish a great book such as Becoming a Life Change Artist when its message stays with you like a best friend. I think this book merits a five star rating. So many people today are realizing the need to reinvent themselves. I could relate to many of the interviews and stories of people who had, in some cases through no fault of their own, a need to re assess the direction they were heading. The authors made a clear comparison between what many historical artists already knew, what was required to get to a place to create their masterpiece.

The book inspires and steps you through the necessary ingredients for a life change to occur. The Creativity Calculator helps the reader to assess their own strengths and quickly identify areas which might need attention. As a life coach, I will be recommending my clients who are going though their own life evaluation to read this book. I personally revealed two areas in which more attention needs to be paid.

The gentle approach unlike some other self discovery books leaves you with a feeling of "can do".It gives you permission to move forward at a pace that is comfortable, while recapturing your lost creativity skills long lost in a busy harried world. If you are in a situation that feels overwhelming or if you have been assessing the direction of your life, Becoming a Life Change Artist is a great book to assist you in finding your new path.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By sandmeistress on August 25, 2010
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Whether you're somebody who's stuck in a life that doesn't correspond to what you had dreamed for yourself--or are already ready to embark on a path of discovery and risk, this book offers plenty of real-life success stories, exercises to help you cement what it is you really want, and offers new ways of looking at those scary transitional times and coming through them. At a time when so many of us are making huge life transitions, brought about by changes in careers or marriages we thought might last a lifetime but didn't, this book comes as an inspirational look at all the different ways there are to discover how to create a life that YOU want. The authors offer concrete tips for moving forward and the exploration of seven key strengths that other creative minds have shared. Change in life is a constant, and this is a great book for helping us through.
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