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The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  975 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
This title is a passionate call to embrace the power and inspiration that opens up to us in the middle of our lives. Best-selling author and lecturer Marianne Williamson psychologically and spiritually reframes this transition so that it leads to a wonderful sense of joy and awakening.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Hay House (first published December 1st 2007)
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Dec 30, 2009 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it really makes you think on what you want to do with the rest of your life. Up to a certain point your life does start when you hit midlife. You view life and the world differently by then. And you don't have much more time left to fool around, you really have to focus on what you truly want and how you want to experience it. Before this age you might have lived the life you needed to live, and not the life you wanted (which is my case), in order lo learn many things. ...more
This book is actually called "The Age of Miracles" not "Miracles at Midlife." Whatever its title, it is familar ground for Marianne Williamson, self help guru and FOO (Friend of Oprah.) Williamson is like some kooky relative who shows up at Thanksgiving and rivets attention away from banal subjects. She doesn't mince words -- she believes people can heal the world through loving thoughts and actions. To do this you have to retrain your mind to focus on love instead of fear, a tenet of the New Ag ...more
Oct 15, 2009 LizG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the book I was after in Chapters when Ryan diverted me with Ishmael and 2 other recommendations -- Chapters better not lose him as a sales person, I walked out with 4 books when I went in for 1.

I enjoyed this book as a great reminder that life is a journey and all of our experiences add up to make us who we are. Supportive and insightful about a new way to think of mid-life. Hey, I'm barely approaching mid-life and I enjoyed it.

I also told my older, truly mid-life siblings about it. No
Bea Elwood
I really like who she tries to blend eastern thought in with all her god talk, it is a little interesting how certain ideas are slightly adapted or changed from their origins in buddhism - such as the meditations of attracting into your life the positive things you want verses the meditations of accepting things. But I still really like the idea that we can become something better through positive thinking because I'm not quiet ready to accept myself the way I am just yet ;) I did find a few gem ...more
Jun 30, 2008 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. I'm not a self-help-book reader (this was passed on to me by a friend, so I felt an obligation to read). I found many things the author said of value. I wasn't able to read it as I do a great piece of non-fiction (where you can't put it down), but I'd read a chapter then may not go back for awhile. As hard as that is to get back into a book when you do that, I was able to pick up some valuable information each time. When you get old (like me), you view the world differently, or at l ...more
Dec 27, 2007 Satia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ACIM students, Marianne Williamson fans, Baby Boomer women
I have accumulated a few books by Marianne Williamson and read a few of them with some pleasure. None of shook me to my core, caused me to really change anything in my heart or soul or thinking. I have given one book as a gift and given another away. And right now, as I type this, I cannot remember any deep lessons from anything she has written.

Which is why it is no surprise for me to say that reading The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife was nice but hardly profound. I think a big part
Rebecca Mordini
Jul 22, 2010 Rebecca Mordini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading Marianne Williamson all my adult life and just as I go through some new phase, she has just completed that phase and written a warm and loving book to help me through. Like a wise older sister. Is there anything new or life-changing in it? Probably not. Like the Bible, it is not that the ideas are so new, it is that the ideas are so true and have the ability to impact your life in different ways at different times in your life. If you are 20 years old, don't bother to read th ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It felt a little rambling to me, but any book that makes me slow down, think, and do something differently as a result of reading it is worth reading. I always feel that way after I read one of her books.
Monica Robison
Apr 27, 2014 Monica Robison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Williamson's writing style -- breezy yet eloquent at the same time. More importantly, I am drawn to and inspired by her hopefulness for the future. This book is geared toward baby boomers yet is relevant to anyone who is middle-aged (or who considers themselves an "old soul" if they are younger.) While middle age is when many of realize all that we've failed to do or accomplish, she reminds us that yes, while we have things we need to do "the soul's calling isn't a broad revelatio ...more
Andrea G-DaS
Dec 28, 2010 Andrea G-DaS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Far and away THE best book I have encountered for my personal transformation. I listen to a portion of it almost EVERYDAY!!
Sep 13, 2015 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A friend from my yoga teacher training class was clearing out some books and offered this up. It seems to be aimed at women my age, so I took the copy to read.

August 16: Finished this book!

It was good, pretty much what I expected. I'm not one for self-help books--I much prefer novels, something with a plot. This books suffered from what I always dislike about self-help books: they have a good concept, but one that can easily be discussed in 16 pages, which isn't enough to make a book worth sel
Amber Koppenhofer
I decided to reserve all the audiobooks available by Marianne Williamson at the library after she was recommended to me by an acquaintance. This was the first book to come in, and the first book I have read/listened to of hers. I have known who she is for a long time - I just never got around to reading her work. Anyway, this book is not meant for my age group, and I have about another 5-10 years of aging to do before I am in the target age range. Nonetheless, I felt what she had to say was appl ...more
I've heard of the author for years, but never read anything by her because she's so closely associated with the "happy, happy, joy, joy" fairy dust and sparkly unicorn crowd Oprah seems to recruit as pop gurus. I respect the hell out of what Oprah has accomplished in life, but there's only so much trademarked and copyrighted sugar-coated woo-woo one person can stand.

Surprisingly, I liked most of what she had to say. Yes, there is some cotton-candy in it, and it is a little self-absorbed in plac
Jan 09, 2008 Fred marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boomers like me
Recommended to Fred by: publisher
From an email I received about this book:

... welcome to Midlife! But don't run away screaming about your "lost" youth or the fear that you're "past your prime." New York Times best-selling author and spiritual activist Marianne Williamson reminds us that now is the time when you can have more fun, more meaning, more passion, and more enlightenment than you could ever imagine. In her new book: The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, she discusses how!

How would you live if you related to a
Discovered this book after enjoying an essay of hers in another book. She has a wonderful writing style. More conversational than literary. Once again, I found myself buoyed by her positivity and inspired by her ideas.

Having said that, I'm not the target audience here. I'm probably ten to fifteen years too young for this book at the moment, and I don't connect with the Christian symbolism and language that is sprinkled throughout. Still, I can definitely relate to the conflicting feelings that
Sherry Monger

I have heard Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer talk about leaving the morning of your life and entering into the afternoon and evening as we age. This book elaborates on these themes - how our needs and experiences change during this time. Williamson declares this part of our lives as one with much potential for enriching our souls, forgiving ourselves and others, and participating in new and fulfilling endeavours.
Food for thought.
Beverly McCall
Dec 09, 2013 Beverly McCall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my quest to live healthily, I re-read this book by Marianne Williamson and found it more relevant that when I read it the first time. The insight that hit me this time was the fact that life is what we program it to be. When we were created we were coded with what our destiny was to be. Our life’s journey then is the course we take to find out what it is. The most important factor for our success lies with our thought process. Especially, since our thoughts inform our cells which constitute h ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This woman possess an inordinate amount of spiritual & everyday wisdom that she is thankfully willing to share.

'"There's little in life more satisfying than the feeling that at last you've taken ownership of yourself. You don't have to be afraid anymore that some part of you- some fractal not yet integrated into your personality- is going to trip you up. You feel at last like you inhabit yourself."
Jan 24, 2008 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I feel like she is speaking personally to me. As a woman in my 50s, there are so many issues I can relate to: letting go of your children, dealing with wounds from the past, learning how to lean on God, the freedom and excitement of empty nest and "starting a new life", giving myself permission to be excited about my life even though I am "middle age", mentoring others younger than me, and the list goes on......

I love the idea she shares on p. 46:

If there is something about you
Diane Wachter
HB-B @ 1/2008, 5/08. Author implies that 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. Hard for me to get through.
Feb 12, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Audio...This book was fantastic and really helped me rethink some of the ways I look at things past, present and future. Listened to it 3 times. The authors narration and the way she speaks made it that much better, like your friend was there with you giving you advice. Super!
Feb 09, 2014 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Marianne Williamson! I reread this book about once a year to remind me that even though I'm getting older, it ain't over yet baby! My wisdom is what I bring to the table, and I make a difference.
Nov 08, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm listening to the audiobook edition of this book. I like it well enough that I ran out and purchased the hardcover edition. It's a relief to find out, after listening to Williamson, I'm not the only one who feels the way I do after having turned an age that is undeniably of the middle variety. This book validates so much of my experience. I'm still waiting for it to reveal something life-changing. Not sure it's coming. I'm a little bummed out by the chapter on romantic love but maybe it bores ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Message of this book is very similar to that of "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle and "The Four Agreements" by Miguel Ruiz. Thought-provoking and inspiring.
Cher Johnson
I have mixed feelings about this book. I have loved some of her other books, but this one I just liked. As I read, I felt a deep sense of familiarity with most of her messages, and didn't encounter many ideas that were new for me. I'm almost on the other side of the midlife transition and I do a lot of new age reading, so had a feeling of "been there" as I read. However, someone else might find this book fresh and perfect for them. Someone described this book as a bit cheesy, and someone else ca ...more
Michael Hsu
Feb 18, 2015 Michael Hsu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I’ve read other books by Marianne and I have to say she is a very talented and insightful writer. Her writing is warm and sincere. In this book, Marianne talks about the struggles we experienced and how to deal with our past as we mature. Her thoughts about forgiveness and living in fear are especially meaningful. An excellent read.
Janet Grace
I absolutely love this book, Marianne's wisdom and guidance are a treasure for anyone
in the mid journey of their life. Enjoy!!!
Sep 28, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Relevant at any age. I'm not religious, yet I still enjoyed and found important messages throughout the book.
Claudia Reinfelds
" Don't worry that it took you so long to get to this point. It takes everyone this long."
Nov 24, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, well written and well thought out. Williamson is dynamic and contemporary--I'll be reading more of her books. This one is spiritual in its scope (some material is drawn from A Course in Miracles) but remains wide open to a person of any faith. The Age of Miracles would appeal to middle-aged people, primarily, but especially to women.
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Marianne Williamson is a spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace. She is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area.[2] She has published nine books, including f ...more
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