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Single: The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and Independent Paperback – Bargain Price, August 6, 2004
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About the Author
Judy Ford is the author of the award-winning Wonderful Ways series. Her articles have appeared in Family Circle Magazine, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, Women's World, and Glamour. Her media appearances include Oprah, CNN and National Public Radio. She lives in Kirkland, Washington, where she maintains a psychotherapy practice and keeps a regular speaking and workshop schedule throughout the year.
Top Customer Reviews
What she doesn't do is convince you with applicable, viable examples of day to day life. For instance, she tells the story of how she was dreading to go to the theater alone on a Saturday night after her husband had passed away. She describes that she felt miserable, and like everyone was probably looking at her and feeling sorry, pity for or even disdain from her. Instead of explaining how she mustered the courage to stand, alone, in line for a ticket, she's abysmally mortified by how daunting the situation is, and instead of buying herself a popcorn and a soda, she buys herself 2 popcorns and 2 sodas, thereby "tricking" the popcorn lady and solving the situation (at least so it seems, since the author then concludes that "it's not so bad to go to the theater alone"). Is this the kind of advice that will get you signing up to singleness? So every time I encounter an awkward situation I need to go out of my means to assure the environment there's nothing wrong with me?
I know this was a bit long but that really stuck out to me and I felt like the author wasn't really being sincere with her advice. I mean, if she can't be truly happy being single, and it's all a sham, why would I take her word for how ostensibly great it is?
The book is also a bit cheesy and sophomoric in its "tips". One of her regulars in every chapter is "spread your arms to the heavens and shout "YES!"". Seriously?
Maybe I'm just not the one to particularly respond to this kind of literature. I was looking for a guidance book to help me overcome my obsession with partnering up, and just being fulfilled being on my own. The book starts out very well, but it just goes downhill from there.
In the past I have attended one of Judy Ford's workshops, and I have also read several of her other books, all which have been positive experiences. As I read through the comments and scanned the chapters, I knew instantly this was it.
When I got home I intended to wrap it up, but I opened it again and soon realized that I was caught up in reading the book myself.
I love this book!
The author's approach to the condition of being single is refreshing, and she keeps it honest. It defines why it is so important to cast aside the tired and outdated stereotype of what being single means. There is something for everyone here, and this book recognizes that we are all individuals who approach the world differently. Judy Ford's book encourages singles to embrace the person they are, living life to the fullest.
I especially like the way this book provides specific exercises that help realize self confidence and personal awareness. This is all done in a warm humorous manner that makes this book useful, informative and fun to read. I highly recommend it.
This is not your typical self-help book. Single is miraculously funny and deep at the same time. Parts will make you laugh out loud! It is valuable read for anyone who wants to create a truly fulfilling life for herself (or for himself too, of course!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eye opening- really taught me that being in a relationship is not the only way to be happy, and many times- you are much better off being single. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sharla Kramer
While you read it you get away distracted from the negative thoughts about your loneliness.Published 6 months ago by Marina
This book is my go to when I am feeling down about myself whether Im in a relationship or not, when I am feeling like I am getting too old too fast or time is slipping by. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyable and inspiring read. Finallyales sense to me! Exquisitely beautiful human being!Published 14 months ago by Carol O.