Beck (author of Expecting Adam) admits that repairing a damaged emotional compass and setting out on such a vital journey--which often involves painful realizations and changes--"has all the combined attractions of suicide and childbirth." But the payoff, she concludes, is a love affair with real life. To that end, she walks readers through a lengthy exercise to evaluate their current lifestyle's pleasures and pains, teaches the process of listening to the body for directional cues, describes how to extract "soul shrapnel" (healing all those nasty, self-defeating emotional wounds), and provides an intriguing "Map of Change" to achieve an authentic life. Beck's impressive knowledge, her engaging (if somewhat irreverent) voice, and her ability to parse this scary process into achievable steps make her a new champion in the self-help arena. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Two stars only for the concept that we have a mask to society and an inner self that needs expression. The rest of the book is horrible. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Satya
Excellent book. I got it and immediately set myself down to read it. It will become dog-eared by the time I am ever done with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edward J. Barton
For me it was life changing. I have bought for a dozen friends. Worth the time and money for sure!Published 1 month ago by L. Newnam
This book coupled with therapy helped me realize that I lost myself. It is quirky, honest, and full of exercises. I went through it slowly and worked through the exercises. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alissa M Castro
Love this book (all Martha Beck)! It's helped me look at life's changes in a better way--now I know where I am in the "squares" and am able to understand why I feel like I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Artype
As we go through life we can sometimes get absorbed by the daily minutiae and lose our sense of self. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kimberly Gonzales
The author is spectacular, the content is phenomenal, and the aha! moments just keep on a 'coming. I absolutely adore this, and am now buying one for a friend.Published 2 months ago by Jessica Thornton
Really wonderful book.
Martha Beck's writing is easy to read and insightful. She is warm and her ideas are interesting and helpful. I love it.