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The Dark Night of the Shed: Men, the midlife crisis, spirituality - and sheds Paperback – 14 Jul 2016
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Easy to read and frequently very funny. I would throughly recommend this book for any man who is struggling to find a purpose in life. (Reflections Magazine)
In his usual characterful style, Nick Page explores the phenomenon of the male midlife crisis, reviewing the options for how to deal with it and concluding, unconventionally, that by meeting it head on it can be a freeing and positive experience, rather than a negative one.See all Product description
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Once the scene is set, Nick moves onto the more serious purpose of the book. He talks about depression and the many reasons why men may have a mid life crisis. This is linked to low self esteem and the ways in which men try to overcome this. However, none of these bring true happiness or deal with the root cause of why they feel this way. He talks about the old Gods and what their modern equivalent would be. Men use these to prop up flagging self esteem, rather than turning to the one true God.
The book is packed full of wisdom and biblical insight. This could have been a dry treatise but Page has avoided this. The book is not only helpful and biblically sound, but also funny and interesting. The author has a quick wit and this has been used to good effect. There are laugh out loud moments and yet the book is sound, both in a psychological and a spiritual sense.
Each chapter of the book is based around the rebuilding of the shed in Page's garden. This may seem a strange way to structure a book, but it is beautifully executed and it works. At the conclusion of the book there are seven exercises. These are designed to move you forward spiritually and psychologically. This is not a psychology book but is written to help men once more find purpose in their life. As such I would say it works.
Overall this is an excellent book. As I say it is primarily aimed at men, but there is much in its pages which is useful for women. I would not hesitate to highly recommend this.
I was given an advanced review copy of this book, by the publisher, for review purposes. At no point was I asked to provide a favorable review. My rating and review are based on my reading, and enjoyment, of the book.
As he enters the time of life when he rebuilds his garden shed and turns it into his adult den, we journey with him through some of those male issues of mid life. The fact is that Nick is really hitting a nerve with this, and his way through this journey is soundly biblically based (in fact the whole book is really about Jacob wrestling with God at Jabbok). His practical guide through this period of life is realistic, helpful and inspired, but before he introduces us to the answers he journeys with us through the recognition that we need those answers and the process of how we find them.
So Mr Page, just as Paul became all things to all men to save some, you became grumpy to help us through our grumpiness!
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From the very beginning, it's clear that it's been written by someone who's extremely thoughtful. In every sense of the word.