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"Plenty of humor... and plenty to ponder." ---Midwest Book Review
"I must say that this is the funniest book ever!" ---Rita Reviews
"Never preachy, DeRose gives voice to many of the same concerns other mid-lifers may be too afraid to admit...and quickly diffuses any fear with her wacky humor." ---Reader Views 
"She has exactly the right balance of skepticism and open-mindedness to make the writing have universal appeal, however much the reader personally believes in all that woo." ---Madhouse Reviews 
"Life-changing moments of spirituality, was fascinating to read." ---Read Reviewed

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Caution: rigid belief systems may cause squirming. This book is like a parfait: skim the sweet stuff off the top, or dive down into the deeper layers. It's all up to you... but either way, do bring your sense of humor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: PiscAquarian Press (February 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615526195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615526195
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An entertaining and informative exploration of one woman's metaphysical quest (her journey into the "woo") told in a humorous, fun-to-read voice.

I appreciate how Debbianne culls the gems of wisdom from each approach she explores, while keeping her eyes wide open to the risks of guru-worshipping or cultish behavior. She is in control of her journey and decides what to take and what to leave behind.

She weaves all of the take-aways into a lovely tapesty of self-empowerment and joy. She articulates this life philosophy beautifully in the last chapter. I especially loved that last chapter--words to live by, for sure!
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Looking for reasons and explanations for life challenges and choices facing everyone at the foreboding midlife crisis? Tired of the innumerable `get-a-hold-of- yourself' self help seminars and eBooks, and encounters with the plethora of gurus of every plane of mundane and spiritual levels? Then by all means read this book!

Debbianne DeRose shares with us one of the most entertaining memoirs of the year - her wacky but wise travels/travails of wandering through the soup of advice currently the psychology du jour trend of today. Name an avenue of seeking advice or assistance with the problems that accompany the threats of sagging skin, improbable tummy rolls, and trying to appear and think and get the responses of a 20-30 year old in the marketplace and the relationship arena and Debbianne has been there, tried that, and her experiences she shares are so hilariously funny the she is able to restore a sense of perspective where perspective has melted down with the challenged ego. If it falls into the fields of Metaphysics or Self Help, Debbianne opens the curtain hiding the Great Oz and all we can do (along with laughing out loud -oh, excuse me, 'lol') is applaud.

It has to do with change - whether that means hair color, residence, alteration of integument, or the search for the elusive `truth'. An example of her writing style follows: `I had not been treating the men in my life as equals, and I was entering each relationship trying to change them. Basically, I was looking at them as if they were projects. It's not hard to see how this would be problematic....
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A refreshing, lively change of pace from the self-inflated "happy happy-joy joy" treacle of the transcendental/transformation movement! At last, a breathtakingly honest chronicler of the weird and whacky world of new age self-improvement tells the unvarnished truth about the fakirs, fartists and fools fooling around on the fringes of the scene. ... And its a rousing good read! You will lustily cheer DeRose on when she escapes from the hideous tyranny of the Vipassana meditation control freaks to go for a spin in the country on her bicycle... they couldn't take her car keys because she didn't have any! And then you'll sigh with relief when she winds up after her many adventures with her mind intact and her spirit at peace...
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People, there is some funny-ass s*** in this book! (I will certainly never hear the word "Vipassanna" the same.) Yet it is ultimately both penetrating and good-natured. The author takes more excursions into the lands of "woo" than any sensible person might dare, but comes through it, like Odysseus, with a helluva tale and only moderate bloodshed. I mean, a dead Cyclops or two, and routing of the false suitors... but I say too much. Read it for yourself!

Okay, I'll say a few more words. This book might invite comparisons to "Eat, Pray, Love", but it is a different kettle of wild-caught sockeye. For one, it is funny. For another, DeRose actually explores many more modalities and paths than Gilbert did, and reports back to us in a way that manages to be both healthily skeptical and generously open-minded at the same time. All in all, she gives us a stellar example of how to do the thing we call "mid-life crisis" (the overlapping questionings of meaning and personal direction that often arise beginning in our late 30's and particularly in the early to mid 40's) with intelligence, humor, and self-compassion.
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Open up this book and you will embark with the author on a pilgrimage through some of the newest and not so movements of the New Age/Metaphysical scene in America. DeRose, who started her journey in the midst of a seismic shift in her own personal life, chronicles her freewheeling adventures through a wide variety of modalities, from Aura viewing, to a Vipassana ten day silent meditation retreat, to a Spiritualist Church, to Theta Healing, studies in Matrix Energetics and at the Monroe Institute, and other stops along the way. DeRose finds out about herself in the midst of encountering sincere, not-so-sincere and outright dysfunctional groups on the way to greater self-knowledge. Most important is the quirky humor that dances through these accounts. With relentless honesty and brilliant wit, DeRose's spiritual odyssey is a joy to read, especially for those who have spent decades on similar journeys. Highly recommended.
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