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From Publishers Weekly

"Let's fully experience that and see what great journey we can make as we sing a new, mature song of wonder, love, adventure, and empowered age." Mental health counselor Gurian (The Purpose of Boys) turns his attention to the second half of life, addressing the needs and discussing the cycle that elders experience. Combining his own experience with that of other researchers he discusses the elements of healthy aging, including a focus on reducing physical and mental stress, embracing the aging process, creating new communities, and spiritual growth. Gurian's prose is ever mindful, whether discussing human needs for happiness, gender differences, the role of sexual intimacy, or the multi-faceted impacts of chronic disease. He intersperses thought-provoking explanatory passages with bulleted lists, providing detailed or summarized information for readers. This book opens much-needed discussion on aging and dying—often considered taboo topics in American culture, which is ironic given their nature as universal experiences—and will give readers the means to approach these topics with their families and friends. Gurian has an optimistic, energizing, and sympathetic voice that will inspire readers as they seek guidance on their journeys through life. (June) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“This book opens much-needed discussion on aging and dying…and will give readers the means to approach these topics with their families and friends. Gurian has an optimistic, energizing, and sympathetic voice that will inspire readers as they seek guidance on their journeys through life.” (Publishers Weekly)

"An engaging warning against a hopeless search for the fountain of youth." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Gurian's research is both fascinating and eye opening." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"Michael Gurian explores new territory in The Wonder of Aging by combining patient stories and experiences from his rich professional and personal lives to create an authentic and insightful work. In his terrific new book, Michael does what he does best....exploring the depth of the human spirit."
  (Nancy L Snyderman, M.D., NBC News Chief Medical Editor)

"The Wonder of Aging is amazing in its scope and depth. It reflects an enormous amount of work and insight. The practical parts of the book help us do what we need to do to live well. The prayerful parts of the book elicit a sense of gratefulness as we move through the stages of age. I highly recommend this book!" (Rabbi Henry Glazer, author of I Thank Therefore I Am)

"Every time you open a Michael Gurian book, you know you are in for an adventure.  Michael's powerful new book, The Wonder of Aging, is no exception.  As he has done in all of his books, Michael uses his expertise, practical experience, and heart to open us up to the wonder of who we are becoming. The Wonder of Aging provides a practical, spiritual, and inspirational primer for high impact living, geared to those of us speeding past 50 and beyond."
(Rev. Tim Wright, Pastor, Community of Grace Church, and author of Searching for Tom Sawyer)

"The Wonder of Aging is both a practical and spiritual journey. For those of us working to enhance men's health, the book is very welcome--it has specific sections applicable to both women and men. I highly recommend this book to anyone fifty or older, and even those of you getting close!" (Ronald K. Henry, President, The Men's Health Network)

"This book is an impressive achievement and a must read for anyone who is over fifty, caring for or caring about someone over fifty---and the rest of us who hope to reach our fifties and beyond both enlightened by modern science and touched by the magnificent grace of empathy." (William S. Pollack, PH)

"This powerful book helps both women and men age gracefully. Michael's book is  encouraging, well-researched and beautifully written. It is a practical guide to designing and living the second half of life with courage and fresh meaning. Read this book, and you will experience aging in a whole new way." (Gregory Jantz, Ph.D., Founder, the Center for Counseling and Health Resources, and Author of Overcoming Anxiety, Worry, and Fear)

"In our ageist culture, you've got to love a book with the title The Wonder of Aging: A New Approach to the Second Half of Life. Because here's the big secret that almost no one appreciates.  Life really can  get richer and better with age. You just have to approach it in the right frame of mind. And that is exactly what Gurian provides for all of us in this brilliant book." (Christiane Northrup MD, author The Wisdom of Menopause)

Praise for Michael Gurian's work

"THE MINDS OF BOYS is a gift to parents, teachers and anyone else involved in raising or nurturing boys. It is filled with cutting edge neuroscience, yet has the warmth of a wise professional." (Daniel Amen, MD, author of Making A Good Brain Great)

"Michael Gurian is America's most passionate advocate for boys. In THE PURPOSE OF BOYS, Gurian creates a rich reading experience and a clear recipe for helping boys to find purpose in their lives." (Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of It’s a Boy! and coauthor of Raising Cain)

"The Mind of Boys is a call for a reassessment of how we educate our sons (that) is long overdue." (Washington Post Book World)

"What Could He Be Thinking is filled with illuminating specific examples." (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

"In What Could He Be Thinking Michael Gurian has completed some incredible and useful research. Gurian has answered questions of vital importance." (Chicago Tribune)

"Gurian's attention to the physiology of how girls develop is tapping into a growing field among researchers...The Wonder of Girls has won universal praise for Gurian's focus on the importance of maintaining personal connections with girls." (Chicago Sun Times)

"I was grateful to get to the advice section of The Wonder of Girls, which categorizes girls by age...wonderfully useful advice....Gurian is at his best when it comes to the nuts and bolts of rearing a daughter." (Los Angeles Times)

"In The Wonder of Girls, Michael Gurian has written an eminently sensible book." (the Daily Telegraph (London))

"The Wonder of Girls is explosive, bound to be controversial, a powder keg...Gurian raises interesting questions." (USA TODAY)

“THE WONDER OF AGING is a very important book. It is filled with practical tips, solid science and stories that will inspire and motivate you. With 11,000 people turning 60 every day, we can no longer avoid talking about aging…so we might as well embrace it with wonder.” (Daniel G. Amen, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Use Your Brain to Change Your Age) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469299992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469299990
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Gurian is a social philosopher, family therapist, corporate consultant, and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty books published in fifteen languages. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas.
As a social philosopher, he has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, workplaces, schools and public policy. A number of his ground-breaking books in child development, including THE WONDER OF BOYS, BOYS AND GIRLS LEARN DIFFERENTLY! THE WONDER OF GIRLS and WHAT COULD HE BE THINKING? have sparked national debate. His newest work, THE MINDS OF BOYS (September 2005) provides a revolutionary new framework, based in neuro-biology, by which to understand and care for the educational needs of our sons.
Michael has served as a consultant to families, corporations, therapists, physicians, school districts, community agencies, churches, criminal justice personnel and other professionals, traveling to approximately 20 cities a year to keynote at conferences. His training videos (also available as DVDs) for parents and volunteers are used by Big Brother and Big Sister agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
As an educator, Michael previously taught at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Ankara University. His speaking engagements include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Macalester College, University of Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UCLA. His philosophy reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern and American) in which he has lived, worked and studied.
Michael's work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, People, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS and National Public Radio.
Michael can be reached on the worldwide web at
www.michaelgurian.com

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I recommend this book to anyone moving toward fifty or over fifty. It is a comprehensive guide to living positively and in health as we age. I particularly like the way the author divided aging into three distinct stages. I also like how he looked at similarities and differences between women and men who are aging.
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Once again Michael Gurian has written a deeply moving, intelligent and touching book. Non-fiction that reads like a powerful story. Michael is both brilliant and emotive, the passion for his subject shining thru in every sentence.Congratulations Michael!!
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This is a logical next step for the prolific Michael Gurian, as he continues his exploration and illumination of gender, life stages, brain science and how individuals transition to the next chapter of their life stories. In his latest offering, Gurian takes on one of the taboos of modern American culture, and he does so respectfully, thoughtfully and with evidence-based conclusions about something all of us--if we are fortunate--will experience. Not everything he says will resonate with each individual reader, but Gurian suggests ways to be, ways to act, ways to connect and ways to deal with the small ignominies of aging and the opportunities they can be turned into with the proper attitude and approach. Gurian shares his own aging process with us and calls us to be aware of the importance of decisions we make about our responses. He relies on his earlier explorations of gender differences to help men and women understand why they might react differently to becoming older, as he focuses on the importance of beauty and joy: a real service to those who have been enculturated to anticipate and experience aging as simply an ordeal and a series of losses. He provides information that empowers and encourages taking control of our lives even as our bodies make it inevitable that we must let go. This book will not make the slings and arrows of aging easier to bear, but it will let readers appreciate the ways in which aging can be a rich and beautiful journey through a quintessential human drama. In this book elders are encouraged to take on a role that may be new for them but that has always been a part of human culture and that must exist if we are to transition appropriately.Read more ›
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This book is a MUST read for everyone who is 45 & over ! Be ready for embracing life. Some people are acting old at 40...and others are 80 and still going strong. Get this book and read it. Be ready for life, see where you fit in and why and what you can do about aging easily and being ready for the last quarter of your life and enjoying it! I bought the e-book for my Ipad to read and was blown away by how good it is for everyone to have. I have ordered the hardbound book to use in my workshops and trainings and working with clients. It is a MUST Read and a MUST have book! Well written and easy to understand and relate to!
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With the first few chapters of this book Michael Gurian drew me in sharing his own journey and those of others into what he calls our second life. Now in my mid 50s I have found myself wondering how to chart the course of what will likely be another 40 years. I don't just want to retire I want to continue to grow, learn, and be of service to my community. I believe Mr. Gurian has done an amazing job of bringing together the science, spirituality, and social aspects of not just aging but growing along the way in this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is wondering what comes next as we continue on the journey of life.
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As a therapist, I found this book to be leading edge. It is helpful to everyone over fifty and everyone working with people over fifty. Because of the book's emphasis on science and practical strategies, it can be used as a step-by-step guide to the three stages of age. I highly recommend this book for both general reading and professional reading.
On a personal level, it has helped take the sting out of my own angst about aging.
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The Wonder of Aging is one of Michael's most emotional books. It is science-based, as are all his books, but with a touching and emotionally moving tone that I, as a 67 year old woman, really like. Each chapter begins with a meditation, and every chapter includes insightful quotes from spiritual and secular thinkers about aging. The practical work of each chapter is thus put in context with larger spiritual issues. Each chapter takes on an important theme, such as becoming an effective and visible elder, how to live for joy and live in the moment, best health practices for de-stressing your life, finding the kind of personal freedom we each deserve as we face disease and death, and remaining vital and positive throughout the whole process. Bravo Michael on this very useful book.
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Very deep, but convoluted philosophical book. Book is supposedly based on 2 to 3 thousand extensive interviews with men and women and men 50 and older, but examples of principles gleaned from interviews are sparse. I tried to get into the book because of some background with grief counseling, but found found the writing lacking in clarity, and extremely wordy, often feeling like a Freudian therapy session.

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