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Listening to Midlife: Turning Your Crisis into a Quest Paperback – March 5, 1996
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Best-selling author Gerzon describes with painful honesty the trials and tribulations he encountered as he entered into midlife. In addition to his own experience, he has interviewed many others, famous and not famous, who have experienced and overcome the personal doubt that will plague most of us sometime between the ages of 35 and 55. Through his story and the stories of others, Gerzon shows us that this time of "midlife crisis" can become a period of personal growth and achievement. It offers us the opportunity to change what we have been and become whole and happy individuals. Noting that every person's journey will be different, Gerzon demonstrates that with a little courage and a lot of honesty, the second half of life can be even more rewarding than the first. Recommended.
Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Washington State Univ., Pullman
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gerzon brings enthusiasm and a joyous voice to those dreading the second half of their lives. He challenges us to see that time as a metamorphosis, a quest during which the signposts are the questions we ask ourselves. Each person's growth after age 40 is unpredictable and unique. We must reject the lie that to age is to be broken and seek wholeness, instead: "We yearn to live our unlived lives." Gerzon prompts middle-agers to resist change, postpone procrastination, get untrapped, and reveal their hidden selves. He insists that the only way out of crisis is through it. The book offers practical and convincing methods for the sandwich generation to deal with changes in relationships, careers, family, body, mind, and spirit. Aging must be a time during which we produce life, not merely prolong it. We must age deeply not just slowly. Gerzon agrees with Jung that one must stop theorizing and just "follow your nose." Middle-agers whose lives need a kick in the pants should follow their noses to this book. Patricia Hassler
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