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Amazing Grays: A Woman's Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50 *Regardless of your hair color! Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Reading Amazing Grays is like sharing a glass of wine with a girlfriend, and laughing your way through a heart-to-heart talk about what really matters as we age. With humor, tenderness, and great vulnerability on her part, Maggie encourages us to challenge our old ways of seeing things so we can truly embrace the next 50 years and live them with gusto! --Colleen Campbell - Biofeedback Specialist
With her elegantly straightforward style of writing, Maggie helps take us to a place of real joy, a step beyond happiness. As I continue to surrender outdated parts of myself on my own journey through aging, I am reminded by this book that this season in life can truly give us back to ourselves. --Sharon Kearin - Movement Educator
About the Author
After traveling the country for nearly a decade delivering leadership and life skills workshops for women, the demands of her travel schedule and the onset of menopause collided with the big 5-0. She was moved to press the pause button on her life and reassess her priorities. She watched in astonishment as her skin began to lose its elasticity, and was mildly horrified when her tummy morphed into a permanent flotation device. Smile lines etched in deeper and she found it necessary to color her hair more often. When she made the decision to stop dyeing her hair, she came face-to-face with her fears about aging in a youth oriented culture. And so began her not-so-graceful quest to age mindfully.
Gradually, Maggie learned that her frustrations, fears and anxieties about aging grew quiet when she faced them directly. She learned to refocus her energies on the people, things and activities that brought a smile to her face and a song to her heart. By letting go of old identities and rediscovering new passions, she has gradually (but not always gracefully) hitched her rope to a growing movement of Amazing Grays.
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Top Customer Reviews
Whoever reviewed this book on Amazon and said it was all about gray hair must have been thinking about a different book. Amazing Grays has only 2 chapters out of the entire book devoted to gray hair - and even those are full of real life wisdom and humor. This is most definitely NOT a book just about going gray. It's so much more.
I can't say enough about how grateful I am as a baby boomer (1959) that Maggie wrote this wonderful book! I grabbed my yellow marker and have marked up the book with quote after quote after quote of Maggie's wisdom (not the sidebar items, although they were great too). I'm reading them over and over so that her words of wisdom stick with me - for good! Women - buy this book!
Since purchasing this book, I have gone through the transitioning stage of my hair (getting back to my natural hair color), and I still refer to this book for guidance on aging gracefully. The book is a wonderful, down-to-earth, guide for women.
Maggie is determined to help us all let go of our previous conditioning and expectations of aging, and create our own experience. Her exciting new book explores and analyzes our culture's social, psychological, and spiritual assumptions about aging in the midst of our youth-obsessed culture, and all from the baby boomer perspective. She looks deeply into how our minds create unrealistic expectations just out of habit, and how important it is that we challenge those false assumptions about ourselves and our aging process.
The name of one of her chapters is: Don't believe everything you think, and it's very true! The thoughts that float around in our heads, and the fears that grow from them, actually have very little basis in reality. They stem from a lifetime of conditioning. We must challenge those beliefs and then carefully and rationally choose another perspective.
If you're ready to change your mind about aging and finally feel good about who you are, read this book![...]
What a treasure I found this book to be! Maggie Crane writes with such honesty and insight! I was so moved by the generosity with which she shares her own experiences. About hair color and so much more!
She provides practical information with clarity and without the feel of reading a textbook. I found answers to questions I didn't even know to ask.
This book is uplifting and empowering. I'll be buying copies for my sisters and girlfiends - way before they turn 50!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written for the woman of a certain age, who may or may not admit she is a woman of a certain age, this book is for all those baby boomers who are going gray, experiencing hot... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cathryn Conroy
I just bought this book for the detailed ideas on how to transition from colored hair to gray hair without cutting it all off. Read morePublished 12 months ago by AMY77
Loved this book, couldn't put it down. Maggie helped to alleviate some of my fears of going gray with sound advice on processing the transition and being true to myself. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cindy Eisenhauer
This is a very good book, not just about going gray. I am 62 & it is more geared toward someone hitting menopause, but still a lot of good hints on how to deal with the 2nd half of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lena LeMay
Not what I expected. Very disappointed. I wanted some pointers on how to go gray, and on styles, makeup, etc. This had little on what I was looking for.Published 15 months ago by Jo R. Mckemey