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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press Ltd. (1 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899171290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899171293
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in England in 1936, Marian spent many years of her life living in other places. She brought up her children in Australia and later went to California to pursue graduate studies.In 1996, she retired from her professional career as a psychotherapist and workshop leader in order to concentrate on her writing. And in 1998 she returned to her native England. As a free-lance writer, Marian has publishing credits in many subjects, from mind/body/spirit and women's issues to environmental politics, organic growing and alternative technology.

Marian's first non-fiction book was "Transformation through Menopause" (Bergin & Garvey,1991). This was the first self-help guide to the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of menopause and is still claimed by many to be the best book on menopause ever written. Her second book "ELDERWOMAN: reap the wisdom, feel the power, embrace the joy" (Findhorn Press, 2002) follows on from that. It is a comprehensive guide to the crowning/croning phase of women's lives, the years from menopause onwards.

With a passionate interest--and considerable personal experience--in simplicity and sustainable living, Marian published "The Lilypad List: Seven steps to the simple life" (also through Findhorn Press) in 2004. In 2009 she published (through Booklocker) her first novel "The Bird Menders," which is now also available in a Kindle edition as well as in paperback. In 2010 she edited the definitive book on green spirituality "GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness"(O Books). Following that, she authored two books in the 'Made Easy' series for John Hunt Publishing. The first of these was another book on the theme of living simply entitled "Downshifting Made Easy: how to plan for your planet-friendly future." The second, which drew on the experience and expertise of Marian's years as a psychotherapist, is a self-help book called "Self-Therapy Made Easy" (Psyche Books, 2012)

Marian is currently co-ordinating the production of a new ebook series for the GreenSpirit organization. The first title in this series - "What is Green Spirituality" -is now available on Kindle and there will be others following soon.

Marian has also contributed to several anthologies, including both the Chicken Soup and Cup of Comfort series.

One of her short stories ("Waiting a While for Greeneyes") was published as a Leaf mini-book and she self-published a short story collection through in 2006 under the title "Apricot Harvest."

She is also a book reviewer and for several years wrote the "Books in Brief" section of Resurgence magazine. She is co-editor of the "GreenSpirit Journal" and a columnist for Crone magazine, in the USA. She edits the quarterly "Elderwoman Newsletter" e-zine and has created (and maintains) several websites, an online social network for 'elderwomen' and also a blog.

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As a Menopause Life Coach I recommend this book highly - it should be compulsory reading for every woman approaching fifty. The standard view of life after the menopause is very negative: Marian Van Eyk McCain's book is an antidote to this.
"Elderwoman" shows the third age of woman in such a positive light that you actively want the menopause to start so that you can get your feet on the path that leads to this new adventure which involves changes both outwardly and inwardly.
One of the key elements in the elderwoman stage of life is simplicity and Marian practises what she preaches in her approach to the content of the book and the way in which it is written. Marian's style is gentle without being wishy-washy. She combines her distilled wisdom with apposite anecdotes. The body of the book is structured around the four elements - earth, air, fire and water. These are linked to the concepts of "belonging...lightness and freedom...passion...fluidity". As her exploration of each area unfolds, so the principles or qualities of the elderwoman are revealed. Whilst many of them lead to contentment, do not be lulled into thinking that an elderwoman does nothing all day but smile, stroke her cat and reminisce: the elderwoman, as Marian describes her, is alive mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The final section of the book is about balancing these qualities within yourself and also within the world in which you live. This book answers the question, "What is it like to be old?" and shows you that age is a rich experience with as much, if not more, freedom than youth. For an elderwoman "All need to dissemble is now gone. She can be her true self".
Once you have read this book, you'll forget all about HRT. Order two copies - one for yourself and one for your friends to borrow.
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In a society which seems increasingly to view age as something to be denied or conquered, especially for women, this book is a breath of fresh air.

Perhaps it might help to say what the book is not: it isn't a medical advisory, nor does it tell us how to dress and make-up to look younger.

Instead, it's a roadmap to ways in which we can approach getting older as a wonderful adventure in all kinds of positive ways, to live passionately and make a real contribution in ways that matter to us.

It's littered with fragments of glorious poetry, storytelling, and enchanting exercises in discovery (for example the Raisin Meditation on page 96, which is both sensuous and spiritual).

The book's structure borrows the four elements:

Earth - our relationships with land, home, community and other living creatures.
Air - travelling lightly through life.
Fire - personal and political passions, courage.
Water - fluidity and change on the journey.

This book is a life-changer, and that's not an accolade I bestow lightly. It will both challenge and comfort women in mid-life and later.
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As an Interfaith Minister and spiritual teacher, but more importantly, as a woman, I found this book a complete delight.
The reward of elderhood, Van Eyk McCain writes, is "the ultimate spiritual transformation". Honouring the soul, she says, is one of the most significant things the elderwoman can do.

It seems that the autumn of a woman's life is certainly a time of change and loss,and there are also possibilities for adaptation, acceptance and finding delight in simple things of the spirit. This may well be part of the onward journey, with many more things to be discovered. It's an encouraging thought.

Time becomes more precious, better spent and well enjoyed. Change can be powerful both in the new way elderwomen live their lives and also in the way younger women perceive that. Elderwoman is a fabulous guide, not only for women over 50, but for all women.

It is also a call for older women to remember their innate wisdom, reclaim their "quiet, inner heroism" and to live with joy. This book addresses issues that woman don't usually talk about - read it and talk!
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I read this wonderful book a year ago and have returned to it often since then.

As has been said, it's not a medical or look young forever book. It's a rich, gentle guide book suggesting things to consider to make the most of all of your life. It doesn't preach one point of view but shows you how to honor your own life-long or new talents, interests, and passions.

I have recommended it to friends who live to far away for me to loan them my copy and my 80 year old mother-in-law has read my copy!

May I recommend "Elderwoman: Reap the Wisdom, Feel the Power, Embrace the Joy" to you?
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