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The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body from Rusting: Ageing without growing old Paperback – 4 Mar 2011


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale; Reprint edition (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905744846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905744848
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The resistance to the prevailing jeunisme - youngism - has been led in recent years by Marie de Hennezel...When she reached 60 she turned her hand from books on dying to the art of ageing. Her bestselling manifesto, The Warmth of the Heart Prevents the Body from Rusting, is being published in Britain next month... Disciples flock to Hennezel's seminars to learn the key to accepting ageing. The lesson is that when we have made peace with ourselves, "it is not bitterness and despair that inhabit us, but a new feeling of unimaginable liberty and an immense tenderness".' --The Times

'Next month sees the publication in Britain of Marie de Hennezel's bestseller The Warmth of the Heart Prevents the Body from Rusting. The title refers to a song from a place in Japan where old people are regarded as lucky charms, and the book claims to do for ageing what French Women Don't Get Fat did for dieting...' --Sunday Times Style magazine

'A moving meditation on ageing, suggesting ways to approach the later years with anticipation and optimism.' --Choice magazine

'A psychotherapist, de Hennezel cam to her subject - ageing- largely through her own resentment at feeling washed up at 60.. She praises the centenarians of Okinawa (from where she takes the title) for their apparent vitality, but feels the western world ignores, belittles and forgets its old, to everyone's detriment.' --Psychologies

'Timely and admirable... her essential idea - that old age should be a stage of life as full of potential as any other - will appeal to oldies who have no intention of just fading away.' --Mail on Sunday

'Marie de Hennezel, now 64, has become a national treasure after writing a bestseller on how to age gracefully. Her advice in The Warmth of the Heart Prevents your Body from Rusting doesn't involve Botox or facelifts, but embracing your achievement and your relationships and having an active sex life...' --Times 2 Magazine

'Oh, for a pill to end it all, I thought, as the minutes ticked by in the 'dark nightof the soul'. But instead of a pill, I can turn to Marie de Hennezel's entirely uplifting book on how to approach old age - a massive bestseller in her native France... Essential reading. But anyone in their 30s and 40s would find de Hennezel's book as inspirational as I do.. The concept of 'working at growing old' does - paradoxically - offer every one of us a lifeline.' --Bel Mooney, Mail on Friday

'A beautifully written meditation on ageing. Author Marie de Hennezel argues that looking positively at ageing helps us make the most of a very previous time.' --Yours magazine

'This is a truly inspiring book by the French psychologist... Her latest is a call to arms for the "baby boomers" generation to embrace their impending old age, rather than fearing it. De Hennezel tackles these fears by taking a highly-intelligent look at all aspects of ageing. Using a mixture of psychological theory, philosophy, scientific research and personal anecdotes, she gently explains that the end of the end of our lives need not be as useless and terrifying as we anticipate... If you plan on living to a ripe old age, this really is worth a read.' --Press Association

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Marie de Hennezel is a respected psychologist and psychotherapist entrusted with the mission for raising palliative-care awareness by the Ministry of Health in France. She has written nine books about the end of life, including Intimate Death, and is the author of two ministerial reports about caring for those with terminal illnesses.

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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 10 Mar. 2011
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This is a hugely uplifting read - I bought it for my mum, but started flicking through it myself, and quickly found myself drawn in. It's full of wisdom and common sense advice about staying positive and curious and open to the world, which is actually applicable for people of any age, not just those over 60. I have now relinquished it to my mother, who is really enjoying it - and I think she's already more cheerful! Definitely a recommended read!
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 10 Mar. 2011
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I really liked this book. It's an inspiring read on embracing growing older. The author's writing is clear and to the point, and I've gone back to various sections now as they really struck a chord. She touches on topics that range from everyday financial decisions to grappling with depression and loneliness, and runs a positive, encouraging message throughout.
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on 10 Mar. 2011
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In a society where getting old is seen as a negative thing and people go to ridiculous lengths to stay young, this book is a breath of fresh air and a well needed addition to just about anyone's library. I heartily recommend it; it will make you appreciate time passing the way you truly should.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on 10 Mar. 2011
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I bought this because of the beautiful cover and the title, but I have also been delighted by what's inside. Marie de Hennezel is an esteemed psychologist in France, and her expertise is evident in her book. This isn't a mumbo jumbo self help book, but an intelligent and realistic look at ageing and its impact on the individual, and what can be done to make that process easier.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Laurs on 10 Mar. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book, which offers smart, useful, and concrete advice on facing growing old. As a reader facing middle age and what's to come, I appreciated the insight and overall found it very uplifting. Originally I was afraid it might be too obvious or out of touch with reality, but in fact the author provides some great tid-bits about dealing with growing old, and her psychology background makes for a valuable approach. I've gotten this as a gift now for my older sister and aunt, and would definitely recommend it.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 April 2011
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An intelligent and thoughtful work, the author, a psychologist makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of the concepts of ageing. With more of a philosophical than scientific feel, it avoids descending into sentimentalism or offering glib consolation. Nor does it offer any definitive answers being more of an exploration of how to approach advancing age encompassing enlightened thoughts and beliefs from across the globe.

Primarily of benefit to those around 50 or 60 on how to look forward to becoming older, the book will also be of interest to those already into later life on how to think outside the norm and younger people since it raises questions about how our current society treats the old and the ageing.

Most importantly of all, I found it inspirational and uplifting since it explores spirituality, so often hijacked by religion, in a way not dependent upon faith in a deity. Recommended reading.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ugly Monkey on 25 May 2011
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The Warmth of the Heart Marie de Hennezel

I bought this book thinking it would be a light hearted book about ageing in a happy way. This was the most depressing picture of growing old I have ever read.I am 75 and I would never envisage the things she writes about,homes for the elderly-what a depressing picture she paints about this and several other aspects which I wont go into here. I love my life ,I have several friends in their 80's and none of them are anything like what she describes. I kept reading this book thinking it has to get "lighter "perhaps the next chapter - but no. I would not recommend it any of my friends, because if getting old is anything like she describes I would just "jump in the lake "now Sorry.!! I will be very interested to hear what other readers feel when they read it Julia
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MRB on 9 Mar. 2012
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I was looking forward to reading this book after enjoying 'Intimate Death'. However I found it did not answer the question I had of how, as a counsellor, I can help someone who is old to live better his/her old age. The examples of wisdom given seem to come from highly educated people. Unfortunately we get to know nothing much about their background or history or their character before ageing. The book did not look enough into the psychological difficulties one might encounter during ageing and the small section on depression remains vague. On a positive note there were some very nice bits which reached my heart and made me feel a good old age was possible, so it was still worth reading. Martine
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