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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Psyche Books; Reprint edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178099981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780999814
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. John Robinson holds doctorates in clinical psychology and ministry and is an ordained interfaith minister. Along with three decades of clinical practice, he has taught extensively and published four previous books. He lives in the USA.

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John Robinson holds doctorates in clinical psychology and ministry and is an ordained interfaith minister, author, and mystic. He has taught extensively at men's gatherings, professional conferences, hospitals, churches and retreat centers and is the author of three previous books on the interface of psychology and spirituality. His new book, Finding Heaven Here (O-Books), endorsed by Mathew Fox, Andrew Harvey, Malidoma Some, John Mabry and Jeremy Taylor, is both an integration of psychology and spirituality and a description of the reality and presence of Heaven on Earth. He explains, "I see Heaven on Earth all the time. I've seen it since childhood. I know I'm not crazy because I'm a clinical psychologist and I know I'm not a religious heretic because I can quote teachers and sages from every major religious tradition who describe it. Heaven on Earth is the greatest secret on the spiritual path." Dr. Robinson lives on an island in the Puget Sound of Washington State. Learn more about him at www.johnrobinson.org.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alney b. rhoades on May 27, 2013
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This book using the Odyssey as a metaphor for how males progress through their warrior years into returning to their desire
to have more intimacy is later years is exciting. The author provides provocative question to help readers stretch into knowing
themselves. The books ends by listing the experiences we really want and suggestions as to how a man might start talking with
other men to create a connective community.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Orsborn, Ph.D. on May 16, 2013
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I am a big fan of John C. Robinson's work. His new book "What Aging Men Want" is just as important and well-done as his groundbreaking "The Three Secrets of Aging." What I admire most about John's work is that he goes so far beyond accepting or coping with aging, and helps us actually embrace aging as a mystical path. While written about the man's journey, this new book has much to offer women, as well. So many of us have been under-prepared for what aging entails: not only the challenges but the opportunities. John demonstrates his skills as a therapist as well as interfaith minister, topped by a generous sharing of his own story,to show us how to make use of the longevity gift we've been granted. The step-by-step guidance to starting a mentoring group, and on holding a ritual for an elder's initiation are highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Weinhold on February 21, 2014
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Robinson does a great job of presenting the challenges that aging men (like myself) face. I loved his use of the Odyssey as a way to highlight the 18 challenges he sees aging men have to face. His list of 17 things that aging men "really" want was spot on. I could identify with all of them. As a matter of fact, most men, regardless of how far they are in the aging process, would probably identify with most of these things.

I highly recommend this book to any man who is being the aging process.

Barry K. Weinhold, Ph. D.
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If you are a man who has reached 50 years or more, this is an excellent, insightful, and challenging book for you. Dr. Robinson, a Jungian psychologist and spiritually engaged author uses the classic myth of Odysseus as the mirror for understanding the needs of men moving from their active "warrior" years toward a conscious eldering time of life. This book complements all of his work on the archetypal needs of males as they as including Death of the Hero/Birth of the Soul and Three Secrets of Aging.
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