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Neeld, a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and a former professor at Texas A&M, offers useful guidance on handling difficult life passages, like divorce, illness and the death of a parent or spouse. She also includes transitions that blend joy and challenge, such as retirement, the birth of a child or a desired career change. Her program is well thought out, incorporating four steps—responding, reviewing, renewing and reorganizing—illustrated by inspiring personal testimonies (including her own). For instance, in responding, which means handling emotional swings, the author recommends, among other things, slowing down and seeking the help of a professional. After emotions have subsided, it's time to review by exploring hopeful possibilities, and reorganizing means beginning to find a new sense of purpose. This stage flows directly into renewing, a period of new creativity and celebrating a stronger self. Throughout each stage, Neeld (Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World) strongly advocates listening to music as an escape, an aid to meditation or simply a soothing activity (she even recommends specific works for particular needs). Neeld's wise advice will help many through life's inevitable transitions.
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About the Author

Elizabeth Harper Neeld, Ph.D., is a natioanlly respected authority on the subjects of persoanl and organizational change.

Dr. Neeld lives in Austin, Texas with her husband.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044669455X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446694551
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Harper Neeld Talks About Her Life

I was born in a farmhouse in the middle of a cotton field forty miles below Atlanta during an ice storm on Christmas Day. My parents and grandparents jokingly said they never forgave me for interrupting their Christmas dinner. I love that my roots go deep into the red clay of Georgia where I was born. These roots then sprouted around the base of Lookout Mountain in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area where I grew up and lived until my early thirties.

Growing up as the daughter of a preacher father and a gentle, wise mother, I was blessed with a life alive with language: The beautiful verses of the King James' Bible, family stories told as only my father with his Irish heritage could tell them, poems and allegories written and recited by my mother, books saved for me in the Rossville, Georgia, library by Mrs. Miller, the librarian, who was the first person to suggest that someday I would probably write books myself. I am so appreciative for and feel so blessed by this "river of language" into which I was born.

I've done many different kinds of work since I first became employed at age 14. During junior and senior high school, I sold fabric and dress patterns in what was called then a "dime store." I mixed paint and typed receipts in a hardware store to put myself through college. I taught seventh grade reading and ninth grade English where I had my first impromptu visit from the principal to see how I was doing--at the very moment that one of the seventh graders was hanging from a steel girder in the ceiling of the classroom where he had climbed to entertain his classmates! I taught high school English and became head of the department. Then I moved to the first community college to open in the hills of East Tennessee where I was head of the humanities division and teacher of writing and literature.

From there I moved to New York City where I worked for three years as Director of English Programs for the Modern Language Association on Fifth Avenue. Texas A&M then recruited my husband, Greg Cowan, and me to come to the university to set up a Ph. D. and M. A. strand in the graduate program of the English Department. Creating and directing that program, teaching, and serving as assistant to the president of the university occupied the next seven years of my life (it was during this time that Greg died unexpectedly at age 42). Then I resigned to write books full time, which has been my life's work since. (In between books I have consulted with many Fortune 500 and 100 companies in the U. S. and many companies abroad on the subject of dealing with organizational change.)

Jerele Neeld, my husband with whom I recently celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary, and I like to travel. We also enjoy cooking for friends, going to art galleries, and participating widely in our Austin, Texas, community. We also adore our Japanese Chin puppies, T.K. and Nori.

Favorite books:

As a child, I loved all the "Twin" books: The Scottish Twins, The Colonial Twins, The Eskimo Twins, Etc. As an adult I have started collecting these books and, so far, have been able to find and buy three of them. Caddy Woodlawn and Baby Island were also books that I read again and again when I was a little girl.
Gone With the Wind became part of my personal legend after I read it in my early teen years. After all, Tara--had it really existed--was located in the same county where I was born. Scarlet and I could have walked on the same red earth! Family of Pride, a collection of letters written over fourteen years--before, during, and after the War Between the States, by members of one family whose home place was in Liberty, Georgia, is a testament both to the complexity of the issues of the era but also to the courage and resiliency of the human spirit, as demonstrated by people on all sides.

Any espionage novel that Henning Mankell writes I buy the minute I find it. Embers, a novel by Sandor Marai and recently translated into English from Hungarian, is one of the most powerful statements I have ever read about the cost of not forgiving. Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells is the only novel in my life that I ever turned from the last word in the book to the first word in the book to begin reading again.

The theology books of Elizabeth A. Johnson, the spiritual classics of Evelyn Underhill, and the fascinating, intelligent, and deeply inspiring medieval spiritual writings of Lady Julian of Norwich and Hildegarde of Bingen--both as applicable today as the day they were written--all are part of my morning and evening quiet time reading.

And at bedtime? Any cookbook! Among my favorites: all cookbooks by Lee Bailey (I do own all of them!); Nada Selah's Seductive Flavors of the Levant; The Rancho Chimayo Cookbook: Traditional Cooking of New Mexico (my husband is from New Mexico); Soup and Bread: A Country Inn Cookbook; and Frida's Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CJH on January 21, 2010
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This book has been incredibly helpful to me during a particularly difficult time in my life. After losing 75 pounds in the last year and a half, my life has dramatically changed. However, that kind of change can be more traumatic than people realize....I was not prepared for how intensely it would affect me (especially in a negative way). I have been working my way out of a pretty deep depression for over a year now and trying to figure out a new way of life and new self-image for myself (which is not as easy as one would think). This book has given me hope as I have been finding my way out of the "black hole" I have been in. It is very "user-friendly" and easy to read, and is written by someone who has experienced first-hand many of the things that she talks about. As I read, I've been able to see myself in each of the stages (right now, I feel I am in the Reorganizing (third) stage....slowly working my way to the last stage - Renewing) and it's so comforting to have my feelings realize that what I have been feeling is very NORMAL and I'm not going crazy! The book has helped me do lots of thinking and soul-searching as I deal with my situation. She gives good ideas for things to do to help sort out thoughts and feelings. I have recommended this book to many people....and have just bought several more copies to give to friends who I think could be helped by reading it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is dealing with any kind of major change or transition in their life. I LOVE this book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stella Nemeth on October 7, 2012
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My tough transition is the long sickness and the death of my husband. I'd read all of SEVEN CHOICES which is her book for grief from death and found it very useful, and I was rereading it when I realized I needed to stop that book, but still wanted to go on using a book like it.

What makes this book different from SEVEN CHOICES is that she went looking for what all tough transitions had in common. I've done a lot of these in the past. We moved cross country and between states multiple times during our marriage and every time you do that you leave behind all the people you knew and the social life you had and the places where you bought both the necessities of life and what YOU, in particular, found necessary to be happy. I'd lost a parent as a child and a parent as an adult. I'd had the empty nest. And all of these transitions have things in common with loosing a spouse.

In all cases you are going to be going through several different stages, but as Elizabeth Harper Neeld tells you, it is possible to be going through 2, 3 or even all 4 at the same time. Mostly because of how long my husband was sick, that is what was happening to me.

I worked through the book very slowly, journaling as I went, and began to recognize where I was, where I had been, and were I was going.

There are a lot of grief books out there and I've reviewed more than one. I've found several useful, but generally for different reasons. I think this one explains what the actual process it is better than most. And if you know the process, you can work it and work through it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Rogers on April 30, 2015
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This is a helpful book for a person working through the grief process. The sketches demonstrate well the processes of "responding, reviewing, reorganizing and renewing". There is a reverence in the style used, a spiritual tone giving the reader hope.
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By S. Simpson on April 30, 2014
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This is a good read for anyone wo has experienced, is in the middle of, or is anticipating a life change- positive or negative. It has helped me rethink how I navigate my recent life change.
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