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A Worthy Successor to Her Earlier Coaching Books,
This review is from: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want (Hardcover)I will read any book by Martha Beck. She is one of my heroes, for her courage in confronting and leaving the totalitarianism of the Mormon church, and one of my saints for the compassion and love with which she wrote about her journey away from a religion and family that caused her untold sorrow and suffering. In my personal life, her earlier coaching books, starting with Finding Your Own North Star, have steered me through huge life changes and troubles with difficult people. I take at least one of her books on each duty trip, to keep up my spirits and keep me connected to my true self.
Nonetheless, I wondered whether she could write another book that was as good, as helpful, as rereadable, as her earlier ones have been for me. The answer is yes, I am happy to say. The general message of Finding Your Way could be thought of as broadly the same as her earlier books: There is a way for you to live in the world that is right for you; you must live that way to be happy and healthy; here are the steps you can take to find that way for yourself. But this book is not a repetition of what she's said before in any way that detracts from its usefulness. This time, she focusses her advice on a group of people she calls the Team: people who feel they should be doing something to help the world, and that the time for them to do it is now. As she says, if you're reading her book, you're probably on the Team--I agree. Her stories, her insights, her advice and practical exercises are all new and very helpful. They don't repeat and they don't supersede the material in her earlier books, they just add a whole lot of wonderful resources. I am already on my second reading--got the book late last week--and expect to cherish and reread it as much as her others. Thank you, Martha!