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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (412 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Bridges Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781596599185
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First published in 1980, Transitions was the first book to explore the underlying and universal pattern of transition. Recently named one of the 50 most important self-help books of all time, Transitions remains the essential guide for coping with the inevitable changes in life.

Transitions takes listeners step-by-step through the three perilous stages of any life passage, explaining how each stage can be understood and embraced. Offering an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap for successfully navigating change and moving into a hopeful future, the process is ever relevant and applicable today. Among the subjects covered:

Endings. Every transition begins with one. Too often we misunderstand them, confuse them with finality: "That's it, all over, finished!" Yet how we recognize endings is key to how we can begin anew.

The Neutral Zone. The second hurdle of transitions: a seemingly unproductive "time-out" when we feel disconnected from people and things in the past and emotionally unconnected to the present. Yet the neutral zone is really a time of reorientation. How can we make the most of it?

The New Beginning. In transitions, we come to beginnings only at the end, when we launch new activities. To make a successful new beginning requires more than simply persevering. It requires an understanding of external signs and inner signals that point the way to the future.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 2/11/2014

    " One of those books that make you step back and realize why you think and do certain things. The book really lets you appreciate how long it takes to switch from doing things 'the old way' to the new, even if the new is so much more favorable, and that we always need to appreciate what we're giving up when we change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/10/2014

    " I read this book at uni after i attended a business lecture on change management. It spoke to me at the time and i was impressed that the speaker linked a self help book to HR change management. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kharla Graham | 2/3/2014

    " Great beginner book. It is a must read for those who are transitioning in life whether it is culturally, spiritually, or personally. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicia | 1/30/2014

    " The author made a differentiation between changes and transitions and how our culture has historically dealt with transitions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissie | 1/23/2014

    " This should be required reading for every college student, new mother and everyone else who can't get a handle on what's going on with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vic | 1/15/2014

    " I'm reading this for book group "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 elizabeth kimmel | 1/14/2014

    " A quick read about the universal patterns of transitions. Extremely straight-forward and easy to understand...full of ah-ha moments that are the nameless intuitive sensations felt throughout all of life decisions. Watch out for the neutral zone.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/13/2014

    " I barely got into this book before I had to return it, but it wasn't the right book for me at this time. I know lots of people have found it very helpful - and that's great! - but it wasn't the one for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Moffitt | 1/12/2014

    " An elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/4/2014

    " I highly recommend this book. Regardless of the life transition your currently experiencing, this book will give you insightful and thought provoking perspective to help navigate through lifes' transitions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 12/8/2013

    " Currently re-reading to prepare for a sermon on Passover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lief | 12/8/2013

    " Really impressed with how this book and the author frame transitions (big and small) in our life. Great food for thought! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 11/29/2013

    " Really helps sort out complex thoughts about the times of change and rebirth in our lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/26/2013

    " Helping me see how I've dealt with major transitions in the past can guide me in my current situation. So far so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Girl With A Book | 8/26/2013

    " I have read this book about every ten years beginning in my thirties...I always find myself on a new wilderness journey as I transition from one season of life to another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SomeForTheRoad.com | 8/9/2013

    " Graduated college, no job, broke up with boyfriend, read this book: critical insights and lessons I still use 20 years and a much happier life later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 4/21/2013

    " I highly recommend this book to anyone going through a major (or even minor) life transition. It certainly has give me a lot to think about. Not only how the transitions in my life affect, me also how they affect my loved ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Mercado | 12/31/2012

    " A great read for an adult at any age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 -kevin- | 11/25/2012

    " I like this book. It was informative and I will probably re-read it the next time I am transitioning. There is a lot to life and life is full of transitions, in fact, probably more than we give credence to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 10/16/2012

    " Well, speaking as someone who is going through a huge transition, this was certainly helpful. Interesting that it recommended a sort of blank period between the old and the new. I randomly picked it up during my own blank period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Franz | 12/29/2011

    " The type of book that I will go back and re-read at least once a decade. So much wisdom packed into this short read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi Siefkas | 11/12/2011

    " Bringing some sanity to life's transitions and that an ending needs to take place for a new beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Garland Vance | 11/1/2011

    " I heard Patrick Lencioni speak on this topic (giving full credit to William Bridges), and Lencioni kept the audience spell bound. So I picked up this book to go deeper into the idea of transitions. Lencioni's talk was significantly more insightful and helpful than this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/17/2011

    " Read this before. Recommended it to a lot of people. Thanks to Awana, I'm reading it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 10/17/2011

    " A gem of a little book, insightful at any age and any transition, whether career or personal. I'm not a huge self-help book fan, but surprised me with some very simple, Zen-like insight about how life ebbs and flows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/10/2011

    " William Bridges provides an easy common sense approach to dealing with organizational change. A must read for organizational development consultants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/28/2011

    " This is an excellent book, and a very good read for anyone who has to manage people going through important changes. I have used this for students, for women and men transitioning from welfare to work and for adjudicated youth trying to make changes in the way they are living. Really insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 2/15/2011

    " Clear and economic in its presentation, this is a good book on transitional leadership and has the added quality that it doesn't hide behind a contrived storyline like so many other business books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Westerville | 9/3/2010

    " "Instruction manual for helping yourself and others weather changes. Though the focus is on work transitions, this could easily be used as a guide for personal changes as well." -Tamara "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/11/2010

    " This book taught me some good points for dealing with times of transition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 6/13/2009

    " This will be a humbling read if your company is standing on their laurels rather than adjusting to the times. It also offers practical advice about change management through the telling of true stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 6/5/2009

    " I loved this book from page one to the end. Bridges presents an approach to managing transitions that is both intuitive and academic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 4/28/2009

    " I'm reading this for the CAL Leadership Institute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandy | 3/12/2009

    " Read this book each and every time your world is rocked by change, which should be every year or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/28/2008

    " Useful graphic with a) ending, losing, letting go, b) the neutral zone, and c) the new beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Len | 8/9/2008

    " Great book about how an organization can make it through any change/transition period. Easy to read and the author gives tons of examples to help the reader understand. "

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About the Author

William Bridges is a consultant and lecturer based in Mill Valley, California. Formerly a professor of English, he made a shift to the field of transitional management in the mid-1970’s. Out of his workshops grew a long career helping others through transitions.

About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.