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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marianne Williamson Narrator: Marianne Williamson Publisher: Hay House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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The need for change as we get older - an emotional pressure for one phase of our lives to transition into another - is a human phenomenon, neither male nor female. There simply comes a time in our lives - not fundamentally different from the way puberty separates childhood from adulthood - when it's time for one part of ourselves to die and for something new to be born.

The purpose of this book by best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson is to psychologically and spiritually reframe this transition so that it leads to a wonderful sense of joy and awakening. In our ability to rethink our lives lies our greatest power to change them. What we have called middle age need not be seen as a turning point toward death. It can be viewed as a magical turning point toward life as we've never known it, if we allow ourselves the power of an independent imagination - thought forms that don't flow in a perfunctory manner from ancient assumptions merely handed down to us, but rather flower into new archetypal images of a humanity just getting started at 45 or 50.

What we've learned by that time, from both our failures as well as our successes, tends to have humbled us into purity. When we were young, we had energy but we were clueless about what to do with it. Today, we have less energy, perhaps, but we have far more understanding of what each breath of life is for. And now at last, we have a destiny to fulfill - not the destiny of a life that's simply over, but rather the destiny of a life that is finally truly lived.

Midlife is not a crisis; it's a time of rebirth. It's not a time to accept your death; it's a time to accept your life - and to finally, truly live it, as you and you alone know deep in your heart it was meant to be lived. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/19/2014

    " A book to read by the fireplace with a cup of tea. The choice is to go through life griping and complaining ... or learning and growing. Some days I'm wise enough to choose the latter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 2/13/2014

    " I have very mixed feelings about Marianne Williamson. I first blew her off as just another new age, feel good author hooking her star to the self-improvement movement. Later on I had the opportunity to meet her in person where I apparently said something that pissed her off and she was very frosty to me. (I'm still mad at her for embarrassing me in public.) I then saw her speak twice and was very impressed with her message and her delivery. So...this book is both insightful and trite but any clues about how to embrace middle age are welcome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayva | 2/5/2014

    " In my early fifties, this book could not have come at a more opportune moment. It challenged my very core beliefs about myself, religiously and politically. Ms. Williamson reaches into you and pulls forth thoughts you had in your developing years that are your 'true self'. The ones you were told were fantasy, and useless in getting you to adulthood. It's a shame. We would all be more joyfull and loving had we held to our true identity, instead of what we were told to be. The hope lies in the realization that it is never to late......to grow, to love, to seek a newer world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 2/1/2014

    " I have yet to read something that Marianne has written that wasn't just what i needed to read at that very moment in my life. Her "A Return to Love" was life changing for me then i read "the gift of change" omg that was fabulous as well. As you can tell I am a huge fan! I love me some MW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Lovesrainbows | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent! Many new ways to look at things and realize though I'm nearing mid-life...it doesn't have to be a crisis!! It can be a beginning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 1/31/2014

    " Some good info and good writing, but I didn't finish it because I don't like to read things about getting older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/29/2014

    " Brilliant book. Beautifully written. Full of intelligent, insightful wisdoms that can only have come from substantial life experience and serious spiritual study. Rich and rewarding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 1/17/2014

    " This should be a required reading for anyone over 40 who wants to stay happy & sane!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Bartholomew-king | 1/6/2014

    " Although I don't think I have particularly arrived at "midlife" as Williamson describes it, I found this to be quite inspiring and interesting in regards to transitions and change. She got a little off the subject and long-winded about world change at the end, but I would still recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 12/6/2013

    " Has some inspiring words and an interesting perspective on the history of our country in the last 40 years and how it may have impacted us. It reminded me to celebrate the milestones in my life. A a result, I choreographed a very special 40th birthday celebration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/5/2013

    " I guess I consider myself entering midlife. Anything by Marianne will assist with thinking about change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 11/17/2013

    " This book is quite inspirational. It had a bit of Christianity mixed with New Age philosophy which is why I rated it average. There are some very good portions of the book. It's not a waste of time to read, but it's certainly not a great book either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 11/5/2013

    " Excellent thoughts on how to live happily and be of use in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 7/23/2013

    " One of favorite authors and always weonderful information for all.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen Rue | 2/17/2013

    " Did not finish. Light weight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Ferry | 6/22/2012

    " Since I seem to be going through some sort of mid-life thang - I really don't want to use the word "crisis" - I'll just say a reassessment - this was a helpful book for me. Some of it is a little cheesy but the author does make some good points about finding meaning in life, etc. Good read indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 3/30/2012

    " My best gift to myself as my 40th was approaching! Loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 3/26/2012

    " A must read for anyone who is on a journey to improve self. I learned from this book to follow your dreams, believe in yourself and take action! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 2/13/2012

    " This book is truly inspiring, but the cd that accompanied it is magnificent! be who you are created to be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terryg | 1/10/2012

    " must read for those over 50 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ld2288 Degenhardt | 12/26/2011

    " Absolutely on the mark! We are all blessed by her intuition and generosity of spirit! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 11/26/2011

    " THIS BOOK,I COULDN'T PUT DOWN..IT IS WHAT A WOMAN IS AND GOES THROUGH TO GET TO WHO SHE IS TODAY..VERY HEARTWARMING AND ENCOURAGEING,BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Godwil | 11/6/2011

    " Savvy look at Baby Boomers' chance to use their wisdom to change the world for good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/4/2011

    " Not a big self-help book fan, but this book was perfect for me right now. I really ate it up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 7/4/2011

    " It made me think about the past in a different way. I liked it, but it wasn't really a quick read even though it was small. The chapters need to simmer within you for a little while before you move on to a new one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo | 6/12/2011

    " Dreadful. I was expecting a lot and was extremely disappointed. And it wasn't helped by the large number of typos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/8/2011

    " Not a big self-help book fan, but this book was perfect for me right now. I really ate it up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/24/2011

    " This book is quite inspirational. It had a bit of Christianity mixed with New Age philosophy which is why I rated it average. There are some very good portions of the book. It's not a waste of time to read, but it's certainly not a great book either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 2/9/2011

    " Did not finish. Light weight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/28/2010

    " Far and away THE best book I have encountered for my personal transformation. I listen to a portion of it almost EVERYDAY!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo | 8/31/2010

    " Dreadful. I was expecting a lot and was extremely disappointed. And it wasn't helped by the large number of typos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Y.L. | 7/22/2010

    " As always, a great read by Marianne, and surprisingly helpful to those of us not yet in midlife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/18/2010

    " Excellent! Many new ways to look at things and realize though I'm nearing mid-life...it doesn't have to be a crisis!! It can be a beginning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tobi | 4/4/2010

    " Nothing I haven't read before but very inspirational anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/15/2010

    " A wonderfully inspirational book for ALL AGES... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/22/2010

    " Excellent book. Very thought provoking. Good prayers and insights. "

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About the Author
Author Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Six of her ten books have been New York Times bestsellers. She has been a popular guest on a number of television programs, including Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose. Williamson is the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. She is a native of Houston, Texas.