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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; First edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Boston Globe, 6/1/08
“While initially I thought it might be just a tad forced to put the Renaissance together with self-help, this wise little book soon changed my mind… The book's message is bolstered with empowering success stories about Renaissance figures like da Vinci, Galileo, and Giotto. ‘Renaissance’ means ‘rebirth,’ and when you think of it, what could be a more perfect metaphor for transformation?”

San Jose Mercury News
“For those direction-less souls among us [Dreher] has some answers…A book for those who strive to make their life a work of art”

Suite101.com
“Dreher lays out an orderly, well presented plan for moving to a life based on purpose…Following Your Personal Renaissance will require dedication, discipline, and a willingness to explore your inner thoughts and beliefs. Success at building life around purpose is well worth it.”

Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 2009-2010
“Dreher provides a powerful antidote to the get happy quick style of all too many self-help books…[A] well-written collection of practical and inspiring advice…Intentional career changers, people responding to changes in the economy and employment opportunity, and career professionals will all find this book profoundly valuable.”

About the Author

Diane Dreher, Ph.D., is the author of the bestselling The Tao of Inner Peace. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Dr. Diane Dreher is a best-selling author, teacher, and positive psychology coach. Her books offer insights from Eastern and Western philosophy to meet the challenges of today. Diane loves helping people discover their strengths, re-connect with their dreams, and create new possibilities in their lives. With a Ph.D. in Renaissance English literature from UCLA, credentials in spiritual counseling and holistic health, and training through MentorCoach, she is a personal coach, keynote speaker, Professor of English and Associate Director of the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Redbook, Glamour, Working Woman, Entrepreneur, and web sites on leadership, spirituality, and personal growth.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gloria M. Degaetano on September 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved this book!

Your Persona Renaissance supports an integral process of finding or refining clarity about what we want to do with our unique talents. Diane Dreher, the author of bestsellers such as The Tao of Personal Leadership and Inner Gardening has a knack for revealing her supportive heart in every word--encouragement and inspiration jump off the pages. Based on a combination of leading-edge research, practical steps for self-growth, and engaging stories about human creative capacity, the book provides guidance for culling out what really matters. It's perfect for recent college graduates and those of any age who wish to re-think their careers or dive more deeply into new creative ventures.

Dreher supports each of the Renaissance practices she discusses with current research from neuroscience, positive psychology, and vocation development. The reader moves through the practices in this order: Faith, Examen, Community, Contemplation, creativity, Reading and Reflection, Exercise, Discipline and Dedication, always with an eye on what motivates and fulfills.

Dreher's love (and extensive research of over one hundred artists, scientists, scholars, etc. from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment) of interesting, creative people captivates the reader with the engaging narratives sprinkled about in each chapter. Who knew John Locke studied medicine, tried diplomacy, and was urged by friends to become a minister? If Locke had chosen any one of these paths, the Enlightenment may not have been so enlightening. But following "his calling to help people gain greater understanding," Locke became a philosopher--not the expected choice, and probably the most unpopular choice, but the one he wanted--lucky for anyone interested in democracy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By michelle on June 8, 2008
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I loved this book. The points are clear and concise, the exercises are very helpful, and the intention behind the book is straight from the heart. You can actually feel Dreher's warm support every step of the way. I'd recommend "Your Personal Renaissance" to anyone who is trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mardeene B. Mitchell on August 19, 2008
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Even if you have found your calling, you'll revel in rediscovering yourself in the rich stories, both Renaissance and current, and revitalize the joy of sharing your unique gifts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Wiesneski on February 9, 2009
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This is a fantastic book which opens up so many possibilities for making decisions in one's life. I am going to use it to create a retreat for women making decisions for their lives.
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