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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham Books; Reprint edition (14 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592402076
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By claire on 9 May 2014
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I will be turning 50 this year and frankly I feel as though my life is falling apart. This wonderful book helps you see it more positively as a time of growth: a time for reprioritising and listening to your soul. It's no quick fix though. It tells us to look deeply within for the answers and to let go of the 'security blankets' we have been holding onto since childhood. For those of you with the courage to seek growth and congruence through reading books like this, I salute you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mark rogers on 6 Nov. 2014
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This is the sort of book you have to read properly - no skimming. The author has an expansive writing style, very readable, but some reviewers have said repetitive. I would disagree with that - The concepts he talks about are complex and important. After reading about 50 pages I came to the conclusion that if he had just explained things once, I wouldn't have fully understood their depth or, if I'm being honest with myself, my ego wouldn't have accepted that I think in the way he is suggesting. The repetition slowly breaks down the barriers.

I started my own journey on the "second half of life" about 2 years ago so, from what I've gone through in that time, I can identify with everything he says. The book makes sense, is relevant and, most importantly, really does talk about the things you need to know if you are entering your midlife crisis. Definitely worth buying
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corinne D. Shields on 20 Feb. 2013
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I was drawn to the book by the title and it has not disappointed. It is not easy to understand and I shall have to give it a further reading but there is much in here to comfort and inspire. It is not a quick fix book, it is challenging and its message that suffering is a prerequisite to spiritual growth is not one that many will be keen to hear. However, it does promise rewards for those who are willing and ready to heed its message. I shall be reading more of Hollis' work. He certainly is an expert in his field.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By claire odeon hershman on 2 May 2006
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a book written by a very grounded analyst, while not being a self help book at all, is deeply inspiring and helpful. Many books written by analysts are airy fairy and intellectual, this writer has the true gift of a broad spectrum of knowledge which he seems to have digested and then writeis lucidly and clearly about concepts that many people find unintelligible. weel worth the effort to work along with the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 26 May 2014
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This is an excellent book, full of marvellous insights into the human condition. While I got a bit bogged down in the second half of the book, there are some superb chapters in the first half-the one on relationships, in particular, is brilliant and should be required reading for anyone thinking about marrying or even cohabiting. And the questions posed in the last chapter provide a therapy session in themselves. Well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Lachlan Murray on 27 July 2014
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Love this. Wise, challenging, thought provoking. Profound - takes you beyond the superficial banality of our media dominated culture, and back into the beauty of who we are and how we can reconnect and work with the wonderful mysteries of our incredible real lives. Great.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Del Santo on 16 May 2011
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It is refreshing to find a book amidst the current 'positive-thinking', 'psychology-lite' and New Age climate that tells it like it is.

Jungian analyst James Hollis goes to the root of most of our ailments at the onset of the second half of life by presenting the conflicting needs and wants of the 'ego' and the 'Self', a struggle that is key to our psychological and spiritual development.

In this struggle, Hollis tells, suffering has a role to play. 'The struggle for growth' he declares, 'is not for us alone. It's not self-indulgent. It is our duty, and service, to those around us as well.'

An elucidating volume with an urgent message for our personal and collective transformation.
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