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on 1 May 2013
I've read this book as someone who recently turned fifty and I'm also a coach-therapist so I'm appraising it as a consumer (as in how it might help me) and also as a practitioner (how I might use it to inform my work with clients who may be facing issues related to being 50 plus).
I was amazed at how well Keren manages to communicate to both types of reader (and for those like me that fall into both categories). I think this isn't easy to achieve and Keren has pitched this just right to both the client and the professional.
Speaking as the client I liked the information at the beginning. it was very clear and resonated with me. It also gave me a better understanding from a practitioner's point of view as to the kind of issues people might face depending on when they were born.
The exercises are great. I must admit, I was tempted to miss them at first because I was so interested in the content but they are definitely worth doing and recording so that you can reflect on afterwards. As a practitioner I recognised some of the psychological theory behind the exercises and I was very impressed by their presentation because they communicated meaning and purpose and seemed to do effortlessly.
I loved Keren's writing style. She is authoritative, engaging and very warm. She communicates understanding of the reader and that made me feel very comfortable and actually quite upbeat contemplating the latter part of my life in such a positive way.
I think this book will bring people of this age group hope. It will help them create a future for themselves that is positive and what they actually want, not in a wishy washy 'hope and it will happen' sort of way but in way that is built on solid foundations and is realistic and possible.
I recommend that you buy a nice journal alongside this book to collate all your thoughts.