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Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What! Hardcover – March 18, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594866139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594866135
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The best known life coach in America.” —Psychology Today
“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
“If you want to be like Oprah Winfrey—and who doesn’t—we have two words for you: Martha Beck.” —Boston Globe
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About the Author

MARTHA BECK, PHD, is a life coach and monthly columnist for O: The Oprah Magazine. She has taught career development at the American Graduate School of International Management and was research assistant to Dr. John Kotter at Harvard Business School. The author of the bestsellers Finding Your Own North Star and the memoir Expecting Adam, and The Four-Day Win, she lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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

The book is very well written, and full of humor.
Anna Paradox
The author advises you in the very beginning that for you to really have this book change your life, you have to do the exercises.
O. Brown
I read self-help books from time to time just to work on myself and get in touch with some of the things I can always work on.
Scarlet O'Hara

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2008
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*****
This latest book from Martha Beck was more of a journey for me than just a book to read. The author advises you in the very beginning that for you to really have this book change your life, you have to do the exercises. So I did, and I was glad. They really helped me to be able to apply the concepts and ideas in a way that benefited me personally and not just theoretically.

The purpose of the book is to change your life so that you get your "right life", not by thinking or feeling your way TO it, but by "dissolving" the thoughts and feelings that are OBSTACLES to it. The difference may seem just semantic, but it isn't---it's profound! I was a life coach for several years in the past, and I can say that Martha Beck's concepts here are right on, effective, and truly transformational when really applied.

The author's writing style is hilarious and makes the journey fun. For me reading this book and working my way through it seemed like a series of chiropractic adjustments to my life, helping me to indeed figure out where I was missing my "right life" and what is standing in its way. Working through the book helped me to develop useful skills that I can use each day to stay on course and to make life more meaningful, just because I know I'm going in the direction that's right for me.

It's an awful lot to get just from a book; I think this work truly earned all five stars. Highly recommended.
*****
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Sugar Blymyer on March 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
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I heard the author of Steering by Starlight on MPR. When she said she had overcome fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, and now was capable of doing so much more, I wrote down the title and ordered it.
People on Facebook began to discuss it too.
I love reading it and the most amazing thing is happening and I believe it is due to this book.
I lost my husband a year ago. I know we need to take time to heal from such a sudden loss and I have done that. I have sort of been a lump, doing what I need to do, actually enjoying myself, but sort of or really lazy it seems. I have always been very good at visualizing but for the past few years done little of that. I did visualize my move to Ajijic Mexico in 2007 and then it seemed to end. I know I have had an amazing life. Hairdresser to the Stars, a book available on Amazon explains that. So I didn't think I even needed to make any plans. I am 75 and just figured I would go along for the rest of the ride. I would take what ever happened day by day.
Then I started reading this book. It all rings true, but now I am feeling the results of reading it. I am beginning to imagine my future in a different way. I am a social creature and although suffering pain and the loss of most of the sight in one eye, I seem to forget all that when I am at my art class, or engaged in conversation with interesting people.
I have filled out and answered questions and those questions have brought an aliveness back to my mind and heart. I am an avid reader and know so much but this book reminded me of what I need to do at this time of my life and I am so happy to have opened it and read it. Try it, you will be so happy you did. It will bring joy to your life and get you on the road to joy. I used to be there, but lost my way. Now I am back. Thanks Martha.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By MyGrandmaSue on November 1, 2009
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I've now read Steering by Starlight twice through, back to back this weekend. I am already feeling a difference in what is happening around me! I am going to do Martha's recommended month of journaling and we'll see what happens next! I love Martha's writing style - it is totally down to Earth and not "social-scientese" as she discusses within... I love the personal stories - both her own and some of her clients (their names are changed to protect them). I love her sense of humor! Can you tell I loved the book!?!

Martha was a wonderful speaker when I saw her at The Women's Conference 2009 last Tuesday, Oct 26. Her book is just as great!
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kimba Livesay on July 20, 2009
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I love this book! For me this book is magic. It reinforces the idea that we can live the life we want. If you feel stuck, afraid or just plain bored this book might just be your ticket.

It is not like other self-help books. Martha Beck is funny and sensitive about how truly get your life on! If you are not a self-help book fan then this might be the first self-help book you enjoy reading. One warning though, this book is written for those that believe in the magic of life.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Anna Paradox on March 20, 2008
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I was so impressed with Martha Beck's book Finding Your Own North Star that I trained with her and became a life coach. Now Steering by Starlight takes her concepts of following your own best destiny even farther. She offers new and deeper tools for discovering and following your heart's true desires.

Martha Beck is too much of an explorer to simply repeat what she has done before. Steering by Starlight ventures into startling territory, where dreams come true and apparent coincidences pile up beyond the bounds of probability. I admit, these areas both scare and excite me. My rational mind wants to stop at the edge of what it can explain. Yet why should I think that what I can explain is all there is? Martha makes the way easier by talking about her own scientific responses and documenting what has happened to her and people she knows personally. The possibilities feel like new doors opening.

The book is very well written, and full of humor. I laughed out loud about twice a chapter. Read it for the stories, for the tools for self-transformation, for the pleasure of good words.

Read it, just maybe, for the invitation to a life more amazing than you have imagined.
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