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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (October 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564766985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564766984
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jim Conway, Ph.D. is a popular conference speaker and counselor. He holds five earned degrees in theology and psychology, is the president of Midlife Dimensions-an international counseling and conference ministry-and is the author or co-author of 14 books.

More About the Author

Jim Conway holds a PhD., DMin., plus two masters degrees. He is the author/co-author of 14 books and over 150 articles on marriage and family issues - specializing in Midlife Crisis. Jim is the former co-speaker on the national daily radio program heard on over 200 stations entitled "Midlife Dimensions" plus, he has appeared on hundreds of other radio and TV programs. Jim has pastored churches for over 25 years, was the director of the Doctor of Ministry program and Associates Professor at Talbot Seminary, CA, and is currently the President of Midlife Dimensions, a counseling ministry, and he continues to write, lead seminars, and counsel people worldwide. His website is www.midlife.com.

Customer Reviews

I feel like Jim Conway knew my husband when he wrote this book.
Fire Wife
I'm very glad I bought the book & I'm sure I will read it again as we continue through the process.
Shauna Nouhra
It is very good though and very well written, explaining every aspect of the crisis.
Martina P Albertson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Wonderful book. Described my husbands struggle as though it was written by him. Has calmed me by helping me to understand that it is not personal that it is not about me. That this is a male right of passage and it has to run its course. Very practical information that is simply written -- you don't need to be a PHD to understand it.
I have friends that I would like to lend the book but can't imagine not having it to read over and over and over again. Companion books "Surviving your husbands midlife crisis written by Jim and his Wife Sarah are also equally wonderful.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2004
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As a Jew, I disagree with the reviewer who said this book is only for Christian men. I found it to be fantastic: extremely helpful and authentic at a tough time. Sure, Conway is a pastor, but I found his advice to be helpful even while skipping over his references to Christian theology. He comes across so sincerely, and in such a non-preachy way, that this book works with or without those references. If you read this book, you will find a friend in Jim Conway, without regard to what religion you practice.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Junglies VINE VOICE on April 26, 2006
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At the outset I must declare that I am an over 50 year old male who has never had the slightest desire to own a Corvette, red or otherwise and who has been fortunate, thus far not to do any of the things normally considered to be aspects of a mid life crisis.

Being British, however, one is just supposed to bite the upper lip and proceed through life like one of the majestic ships in Her Majesty's Royal Navy regardless of what is thrown at you. In plain English, we are not taught about such things, we are ignorant and some things are better that way.

Having said that I have been going through some changes in my life and the fact that I grew my hair long again, for the first time in a decade and a half brought forth a slew of comments about me going through a mid-life crisis with the result that research was needed so I turned to my tried and true stalwart friend, amazon.com for material.

Jim Conway's book came first and one of the things that became very clear was that some of the things that I was experiencing certainly fitted the template of mid-life crisis but also could be explained by depression or even simply burn out. As I proceeded to work through the book I was struck by the honesty of the author and his faith in his religion. The use of real life examples certainly illuminated the things he was saying and I could see the sense of his view. It was also clear to me that he has a tendency to be repetitive and reiterated the same things in slightly different contexts when a shorter book would have been preferred.

Also it became increasingly clear that from a personal perspective I was NOT undergoing a mid-lifer but was more frustrated at a lack of progress and development in the large corporate organisation that I currently work for.
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114 of 139 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
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Jim Conway's "Men in Midlife Crisis" identifies many of the emotional buttons and life areas that men actually *in* midlife crisis are dealing with: aging, family and work responsibilities, and the emotional and psychological difficulties of these things. Unfortunately, the book has a single "answer" for each area and every problem: look to the Christian God. If the reader is a Christian and has done only little thinking about his current life dilemma, then this book may be mildly helpful, as it allows the reader to know that he is not alone and that his faith may help ease the pain he is feeling at this period in his life. However, if the reader is *not* a Christian, or is looking for discussion and suggestions beyond the obvious and beyond the faith-based, then he needs to keep looking--this book will provide neither comfort nor help.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
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This book saved my sanity. It discribed my husband to the "T". I keep it by my bedside and read it often. It gives my hope and a positive outlook on this horrible event in my husband's life. I have read numerous books on this subject, and this is one of the best and most uplifting!!!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2002
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This book saved my sanity. It discribed me to me. Jim helped me to understand the what and why - the pain. I thought I was special, different the only one going through this kind of thing. I actually received my copy of this book from my first shrink - but I didn't understand what it was telling me. I was at the start of my ordeal. Now I am finally coming out of the fog and I hope I'm at the end of this journey - or at least that's the way it looks from the book. I have read and re-read this book like a map. I have passed on copies and wisdom to friends and family.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2001
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Reading this book was like reading a blueprint of my husband's trek through the 40s. Unfortunately I read the book AFTER the fact... after the affairs, after the conflict, etc. Now that we are rebuilding our marriage this book has given me the perspective I need to work at understanding the WHY of what happened. If I could, I would buy it for every wife on her husband's 40th birthday.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
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What a lifeline! A book that gives wonderful insight and direction for understanding and dealing with this painful reality. Also discusses women's midlife stress, and gives you options to dig in and have a truly healthy marriage. In addition, the Christian perspective makes the book even richer,and not by simply applying the band-aid, "God can fix anything." If you might be interested in a closer relationship with God, your husband, and even yourself, consider this book.
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