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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: PiscAquarian Press (February 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615526195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615526195
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,446,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Plenty of humor... and plenty to ponder." ---Midwest Book Review
"I must say that this is the funniest book ever!" ---Rita Reviews
"Never preachy, DeRose gives voice to many of the same concerns other mid-lifers may be too afraid to admit...and quickly diffuses any fear with her wacky humor." ---Reader Views 
"She has exactly the right balance of skepticism and open-mindedness to make the writing have universal appeal, however much the reader personally believes in all that woo." ---Madhouse Reviews 
"Life-changing moments of spirituality, was fascinating to read." ---Read Reviewed

From the Author

Caution: rigid belief systems may cause squirming. This book is like a parfait: skim the sweet stuff off the top, or dive down into the deeper layers. It's all up to you... but either way, do bring your sense of humor.

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Debbianne DeRose brings much-needed levity to the world of self-help and metaphysics. Her down-to-earth and often hilarious explorations of "woo-woo" subjects (such as Manifesting and the Law of Attraction, energy healing, remote viewing, spoon-bending... you name it) usher New Age veterans to greater depths of understanding while remaining surprisingly accessible to newbies and skeptics. Got doubt? No problem. Your tour guide, Debbianne, will meet you at the corner of Central and Cynicism.

En-lighten up! Limitations are SO 2012.
www.debbianne.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Green Genes on April 11, 2012
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A refreshing, lively change of pace from the self-inflated "happy happy-joy joy" treacle of the transcendental/transformation movement! At last, a breathtakingly honest chronicler of the weird and whacky world of new age self-improvement tells the unvarnished truth about the fakirs, fartists and fools fooling around on the fringes of the scene. ... And its a rousing good read! You will lustily cheer DeRose on when she escapes from the hideous tyranny of the Vipassana meditation control freaks to go for a spin in the country on her bicycle... they couldn't take her car keys because she didn't have any! And then you'll sigh with relief when she winds up after her many adventures with her mind intact and her spirit at peace...
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Looking for reasons and explanations for life challenges and choices facing everyone at the foreboding midlife crisis? Tired of the innumerable `get-a-hold-of- yourself' self help seminars and eBooks, and encounters with the plethora of gurus of every plane of mundane and spiritual levels? Then by all means read this book!

Debbianne DeRose shares with us one of the most entertaining memoirs of the year - her wacky but wise travels/travails of wandering through the soup of advice currently the psychology du jour trend of today. Name an avenue of seeking advice or assistance with the problems that accompany the threats of sagging skin, improbable tummy rolls, and trying to appear and think and get the responses of a 20-30 year old in the marketplace and the relationship arena and Debbianne has been there, tried that, and her experiences she shares are so hilariously funny the she is able to restore a sense of perspective where perspective has melted down with the challenged ego. If it falls into the fields of Metaphysics or Self Help, Debbianne opens the curtain hiding the Great Oz and all we can do (along with laughing out loud -oh, excuse me, 'lol') is applaud.

It has to do with change - whether that means hair color, residence, alteration of integument, or the search for the elusive `truth'. An example of her writing style follows: `I had not been treating the men in my life as equals, and I was entering each relationship trying to change them. Basically, I was looking at them as if they were projects. It's not hard to see how this would be problematic....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chefsweetsam on July 1, 2012
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Debbianne has accomplished something here! She eased me through a few of my own challenges, as I read this book in the midst of MY mid-life crisis. She gave me permission to go through it with the knowledge that ultimately, I am in charge of how all this nonsense will turn out! I gained insight into people, places and things and realized that we ALL know some of the quirky characters in this book. They are in our lives for a reason. And it's okay to ride your bike off into the sunset! Laughter is key...not only when things are "over"...but right smack-dab in the middle of it all! Thanks, Debbianne, for this hilarious, eye-opening story of your journey that anyone with an open mind can relate to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bruce barth on June 8, 2012
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Loved this. Debbianne DeRose has hit a spiritual nerve here...which seems also to connect to the funny bone. She sifts through many paradigms to clarify her own truth about the nature of our reality. Her information is both personal and public, and she wears the hats of neophyte, old soul, skeptic, and choir member with equal ease. She is a New Age traveler channeling Erma Bombeck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Miller on May 31, 2012
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People, there is some funny-ass s*** in this book! (I will certainly never hear the word "Vipassanna" the same.) Yet it is ultimately both penetrating and good-natured. The author takes more excursions into the lands of "woo" than any sensible person might dare, but comes through it, like Odysseus, with a helluva tale and only moderate bloodshed. I mean, a dead Cyclops or two, and routing of the false suitors... but I say too much. Read it for yourself!

Okay, I'll say a few more words. This book might invite comparisons to "Eat, Pray, Love", but it is a different kettle of wild-caught sockeye. For one, it is funny. For another, DeRose actually explores many more modalities and paths than Gilbert did, and reports back to us in a way that manages to be both healthily skeptical and generously open-minded at the same time. All in all, she gives us a stellar example of how to do the thing we call "mid-life crisis" (the overlapping questionings of meaning and personal direction that often arise beginning in our late 30's and particularly in the early to mid 40's) with intelligence, humor, and self-compassion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lirpa on May 30, 2012
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I had so much fun reading about Debbianne's adventures. I found her interest in things metaphysical combined with a scientist's common sense and cynicism to be refreshing and relatable. There were so many parts that I wished I had a highlighter while I was reading it. I savored it and didn't want it to end. Sequel!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AstralTone on April 12, 2012
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This is a tremendously inspiring, courageous, witty, fun and humorous read. Her experiences were very similar to my own, and in retrospect gave me a good laugh. This is one of those can't put it down good ones. Her unique and colorful style of writing provides a visceral experience for the reader. This girl has really been around and lived to tell the tale. Loved it!!
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