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Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer: Extraordinary Ordinary People On the Art of Staying Creative, Alive, and Aware in Midlife and Beyond Paperback – March 3, 2000

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Goldman and Mahler have collected feel-good vignettes and intertwined them with practical suggestions and action steps for the 50 and older "adult-escent" years. Their premises are that postcareer life is a quest, not a crisis; that readers should focus on what is gained with age, not lost; that one must always accept personal responsibility for making choices; and that attitude affects outcome. The secrets of their book's title involve attitude, forgiveness, risk-taking, intimacy, health, humor creativity, and spirituality. None of this may sound terribly new, but to seniors who have never read a self-help book or attended a self-empowerment seminar, concepts such as visualizations, affirmations, and forgiving self and others will seem fresh. Whether revelatory or familiar, however, the book's inspirational focus on midlife individuals who have made successful transitions will make it popular among seniors and their families. Recommended for public libraries.?Susan Burdick, MLS, Reading, Pa.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Goldman and Mahler view the later years as potentially "the richest and most fulfilling" for people, especially if they approach this "stage of life not as a crisis but as a guest." Hence, their focus is on "personal growth and transformation" for those middle-aged and beyond. Aging, then, is a positive experience, and in one sense the book is an implicit critique of the cult of youth we seem surrounded by. Individual chapters tackle such issues as changing your attitudes, taking risks in life, developing your creativity, and recognizing the importance of humor. Stories of late bloomers and their successes are presented throughout. The book also stresses the importance of honesty--beginning with a forthright appraisal of where you are now (emotionally, morally, and financially) and where you want to be. Informative and uplifting. Brian McCombie --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1 edition (March 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568383703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568383705
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn on December 30, 2011
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I really enjoy this book. I read it many years ago, when I first became single at the ripe old age of 50, and it was very inspiring. I lent it to someone and didn't get it back, so I purchased another copy. I do recommend this book.
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I really enjoyed this book. Lots of thought provoking ideas for making the most of your senior years. I particularly liked the idea of the 4 stages of retirement. I was having a hard time adjusting to so many changes in my life but reading this made me realize it was just another stage. Now in stage 3 I am able to accept my limitations and build on the positives in life and not dwell on what I have lost. Lots of suggestions and ideas from those who have taken this journey before me. Having a positive and upbeat attitude is the key to contentment. A must read for anyone wanting their senior years to be the best years yet.
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