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The Tao of Turning Fifty: What Every Woman in Her Forties Needs to Know (Volume 1) Paperback – February 2, 2012
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About the Author
Jennifer Boire, MA Creative Writing, is an author and writing coach who leads Creative Journaling classes and retreats for women. She has written two books of poetry. The Tao of Turning Fifty grew out of her blog on menopause and interviews with women going through the mid-life transition. Connect with her on Facebook under The Tao of Turning Fifty, on her blog and Twitter as Musemother or on her website at www.jenniferboire.com.
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What a gift for the woman in her forties who is preparing to enter the next stage of her life--turning fifty! This guide is essential support in a unique format that a reader can use to customize this vital transition in a way that will support her own personal journey. This is not a technical book, but a wise guide from primarily a spiritual and emotional perspective that will aid any reader in making this time of her life positive, fulfilling, and joyful.
The format of the book consists of short chapters followed by journalling that can be done right inside the book (space is provided) or in a separate journal that can be purchased just for this purpose, one of the reader's choosing. It is in doing these journal exercises that the reader can work out how the chapter topics apply to her life and to her values. Topics covered include self-care, learning to say no, rest, menopause, dealing with anger, libido, inner guidance, and personal spirituality. The book is an overview, though, and covers many additional areas. It is a good place to start and to find resources to explore beyond the book if certain areas are problematic or especially interesting. There are resources (books, web sites, etc.) mentioned throughout the book and there is also a separate resource list in the back. Included are interesting ideas to extend the book--like instructions for creating a mini-retreat.
The book can be read through from start to finish or chapters can be picked out at random, so this is helpful for busy women with little free time.
I would highly recommend this as a gift for someone who is getting ready to turn fifty who also wants to explore the inner meaning of this in her life. Although the writing is not technical, it is serious rather than primarily frivolous or humorous. A reader who appreciates this will be very delighted to work through this and to explore as an adventure. There would be much to gain for women already in their fifties (as I am) as well.