- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451624603
- ISBN-13: 978-1451624601
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 218 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want Paperback – January 1, 2013
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Martha Beck is a life coach and monthly columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine and author of the bestsellers Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live and the memoir Expecting Adam. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The author, Martha Beck, has outstanding educational and life experience credentials for writing this book. It is both a sharing of her own life journey as well as a manifesto for anyone ready to embrace their own best life. With a B.A. in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Harvard University, Beck is a trained observer and analyst. Her coaching specialty is helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She first got on my radar screen as a columnist for Oprah Magazine, where I am regularly impressed with her no-nonsense, delightfully humorous approach to issues about life's questions, fears, and psychological roadblocks.
I recently read Beck's bestselling book EXPECTING ADAM, the story of her 1987-88 pregnancy and giving birth to a Downs syndrome child (new edition in 2011). Its subtitle is "A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic." The unabashed revelation of her own fears, neuroses, and personal/professional challenges at the time was both heart-wrenching and inspiring. Martha has known and overcome tragedy, sadness, and self-limiting thoughts. She is an excellent guide for empowering others to overcome their own life issues. FINDING YOUR WAY IN A WILD NEW WORLD is her ultimate guidebook, the best of her teaching and philosophy in one zinger of a book.
FINDING YOUR WAY IN A WILD NEW WORLD is not going to resonate with everyone. Some will dismiss it as just another pop cultural self-help book. Others will use terms like "woo-woo" and "New Age nonsense." They'd be selling it short. I am a devout Christian with an insatiable curiosity and open mind about spirituality and human potential. This book was filled with research-based findings on the power of our connectedness with each other and with all living things in nature (flora and fauna), and I believe people of any faith will find it enriches, rather than contradicts, their core beliefs.
Beck includes many practical exercises for each section of her book, all designed to exercise the parts of our brain that we don't use enough, to train ourselves to focus our attention, and to tap into the energy that is mostly likely to allow us to find and cultivate our own best selves. They're designed to get us out of our mental ruts!
Here are some hints that this book might be perfect for you right now:
* If you feel a yearning that you can't identify or suppress.
* If you feel the need for clarity and purpose in your life.
* If you're afraid to do things that you think you'd love to do.
* If wild success and abysmal failure both scare you.
* If you feel fragmented with no clear focus in your life.
* If your wild fantasies seem impossible but won't let you go.
* If you feel you're about to explode with possibilities and potential but can't grab on to that one thing that feels just right.
* If you suspect your self-talk is holding you back.
* If you feel like you're bumping your head against one obstacle after another but you're certain there's something better on the other side.
* If you feel the world is changing so fast you can't keep up.
* If you feel stuck and unproductive.
* If you feel in need of emotional healing before you can move on to your real purpose of healing others.
* If you desperately want to make a difference with the rest of your life but don't know what on earth you that might "look like."
If any one of these rings true, you owe it to yourself to read this book. There is a generous excerpt available for free on Amazon. If it doesn't grab you by the time you finish reading those pages, either the book is not for you or the timing is not right in your life.
If the timing is right for you, you'll gain clarity, focus, and powerful tools for living abundantly in the best sense of the word.
She covers four technologies of "magic":
Those ideas alone aren't so unusual or new, but the way in which Martha weaves through adventures in Africa and personal experiences is nothing short of genius. If you're interested in approaching personal change through a fun set of writing exercises, this is a great book to buy or get on loan from your local library.
This is my favorite book of hers since reading Finding Your Own North Star. I read that book back in 2003 and it helped me change my life in so many ways, I'll always read everything she writes. '
Martha Beck fans, hold onto your hats, because this book is much more metaphysical than her other books--cutting edge energy medicine meets science, shaman meets researcher, and the mystical meets the ultimately practical. This is my very favorite of all of Martha Beck's books; I agree with one reviewer who said that each of the author's books builds on the one before and reveals more and more of the wisdom that the author has acquired on her personal journey. It is a book that I will reread over and over again; I will also do the exercises repeatedly. I'm not a person who enjoys exercises in books normally, but these are more than that--they are mind-blowing tools for life and for self-discovery, and add so much to the experience of reading this book. It feels as though I've gone on an amazing personal journey, rather than just read a book. I wish I had the words to convey this better.
The book is built on the premise that our world is changing rapidly, and that in order to thrive, we must change how we relate to others and to our environment, how we learn, how we are present and experience life. It is written for those readers who are open to discovering their true nature in ways which involve spirituality and working with energies--all ways which have been scientifically proven, but which also depart from the usual personal development books, career coaching books, and even life coaching books (including other books by Martha Beck). If you're looking for conventional wisdom and/or you are not open to metaphysics, you will not like this book. Otherwise you will be delighted, and, if you do the exercises, your life cannot help but be changed, as mine was.
The book is built upon metaphors from the author's recent travels to Africa. It uses the author's experiences with animals and nature as examples. It is written for readers who discover that they are "wayfinders"--a type of becoming-enlightened seeker-healer who uses "technologies of magic": wordlessness, oneness, imagination, and forming; as well as technology in the traditional sense. When I finished, I felt more in touch with my true nature and had far more clarity than I ever have had before about what I was put here on earth to do. I wish I could convey this better in a review...it is such an unusual book, and for me, a unique and incomparable reading experience.
I would give this book ten stars if I could; it is my new favorite book, ever.