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Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want Hardcover – December 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Free Press Hardcover Edition, January 2012 edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451624484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451624489
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Informed by her own peripatetic and tumultuous life experiences, internationally recognized counselor, author, columnist, and life-coach Beck has developed an enthusiastic and emotive guide designed to help individuals reclaim their true essence and capture a more conscious acceptance of personal desires, needs, and goals. Employing four principles she terms “Wordlessness,” “Oneness,” “Imagination,” and “Forming,” Beck prescribes both concrete and ethereal methods for harnessing one’s unrecognized powers to achieve a more authentic presence. By tapping into these underutilized forces, it is possible to refine one’s thinking and define one’s attitudes, and the resultant revelations can boost one’s productivity. Aided by inventive examples, specific exercises, and intriguing questionnaires, readers are encouraged to embrace the contextual insights such programs bestow. An energetic devotee and indefatigable practitioner of these precepts, Beck communicates the benefits and extols the rewards to be found in leading a more thoughtful, natural, and creative life. Filled with astonishing first-person experiences and sprightly anecdotes, Beck’s guide tantalizes with limitless possibilities. --Carol Haggas

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"In a world that seems more and more chaotic, this book gives readers new tools--tools that bridge the gap between science and magic--for steering a clear path to joyful lives."
--Marci Shimoff, author of Love for No Reason

"Martha Beck is the wisest, most generous and gifted of spiritual leaders. Her book will show you how to gently unlock your potential for deep transformation, so that you can explore uncharted territory and come home to your true, purposeful, and unafraid self. Thank you, Dr. Beck." (Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and Marriage Rules)

“Martha Beck has a rare ability to see the world with wisdom and heart. She is a teacher in the truest sense of the word." (Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection)

More About the Author

Martha Beck is a writer and "life coach" who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University.

She worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, studying career paths and life-course changes in today's economic and social environment. Before becoming a life coach, Dr. Beck taught sociology, social psychology, organizational behaviour, and business management at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics.

Her non-academic books include the New York Times bestsellers "Expecting Adam" and "Leaving the Saints", as well as "Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live", "Steering by Starlight", and her newest book, "Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature". Dr. Beck has also been a contributing editor for many popular magazines, including "Real Simple" and "Redbook", and is currently a columnist for "O, the Oprah Magazine".

More information can be found at marthabeck.com, including Dr. Beck's lively blog posts and video blogs, books, speaking appearances, and life coaching strategies and suggestions.

Dr. Beck lives in Central California with her family.

Customer Reviews

Martha Beck has a unique voice and sense of humor.
Marcia Hamm
Martha gives you tools that you can do while living your life in her latest book Finding Your Way In A Wild New World.
Koren Motekaitis
This is one of those books you can pick up and read over and over.
L. Oxford

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183 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth H. Cottrell on December 27, 2011
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"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" is a truth that will manifest itself over and over as this exciting new book is read and shared and read again. The number of markers and underlines and margin notes in my preview copy are testaments to the fact I was ready. I devoured it and now am going back to start practicing the many exercises. The book's purpose is to help you more clearly identify "what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life."

The author, Martha Beck, has outstanding educational and life experience credentials for writing this book. It is both a sharing of her own life journey as well as a manifesto for anyone ready to embrace their own best life. With a B.A. in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Harvard University, Beck is a trained observer and analyst. Her coaching specialty is helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She first got on my radar screen as a columnist for Oprah Magazine, where I am regularly impressed with her no-nonsense, delightfully humorous approach to issues about life's questions, fears, and psychological roadblocks.

I recently read Beck's bestselling book EXPECTING ADAM, the story of her 1987-88 pregnancy and giving birth to a Downs syndrome child (new edition in 2011). Its subtitle is "A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic." The unabashed revelation of her own fears, neuroses, and personal/professional challenges at the time was both heart-wrenching and inspiring. Martha has known and overcome tragedy, sadness, and self-limiting thoughts. She is an excellent guide for empowering others to overcome their own life issues.
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308 of 328 people found the following review helpful By Primrose Hill on March 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read my first Martha Beck book about 13 years ago, and instantly admired her sense of humour, writing skill, down-to-earth personality, intelligence and academic achievements, and concern for other people. The more I've read by her, seen her on tv, etc., the more highly I've thought of her.

I haven't read all her books, skipping the one about her son Adam, the one about dieting, of course the Mormon-focussed one she wrote a long time ago with her (now-"out", now-ex) husband about overcoming addictions (including how to overcome being gay) (and now Martha is "out" as well, having lived with a female partner for many years, although I just learned about that side of her life last year, and I saw a 2011 interview of Beck by Oprah Winfrey during which Oprah learned about Martha's being gay, and Oprah was also quite shocked she had not known about this before, since they have worked together for many years).

I especially recommend her book _Finding Your Own North Star_. The follow-up _Steering By Starlight_ is okay, but kind of dips into the "woo-woo factor" more than most people are probably comfortable with (although I was fine with it myself).

Martha's writing can make me laugh, cry, marvel, and groan, often within the same few paragraphs.

[By the way, you can find a generous amount of her material for free on her personal website, and I think all of her monthly columns from the O Magazine archives are available at Oprah's website - many of them are well worth spending a few minutes on, if her writing style floats your boat.]

Therefore, I was looking forward to reading this, her latest book. I am disappointed in it. Not only because I expect so much from her, but because it's so... circular and woolly.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Koren Motekaitis on December 27, 2011
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I was excited to read Martha's new book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World until I found out that it was about MAGIC. Oh no I thought would this be too woo woo? Would my clients now think I was crazy since I trained with Martha Beck and am one of her coaches? Would my radio listeners turn the dial and look for something else that really applied to their life?

Then I read the book. WOW! I invite you to go beyond the language that Martha uses in her book. Maybe you do not understand what Wordlessness means right now. But when you read the book and practice her tools you will experience and understand Wordlessness. Don't let the ideas or what you think MAGIC, WORDLESSNESS, or some of her other words Martha uses to stop you from at least exploring Martha's latest book. When I read this book I let go of my resistance to the language in her book and Martha opened up information and powerful experiences for me. Her book makes so much sense and her tools can help you.

And like all of Martha's other works she encourages you to test it out for yourself and see if it works. Don't just take her word for it since she is a best selling author and columnist in O, the Oprah magazine.

Unlike other self-help books where you ask yourself, "how can I REALLY apply this to my life?" Martha gives you tools that you can do while living your life in her latest book Finding Your Way In A Wild New World.

I rarely write book reviews eventhough I have used the reviews for 1,000s of books/items for years as a buyer and this time I decided to write a review, because maybe you are skeptical like I was and I wanted you to know that once I let go of my resistance, Martha's book gave me more insight and tools to help myself as well as my clients and listeners on my show.
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