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Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a remarkable path to the most important discovery you can make: the knowledge of what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life. It’s a journey to the thing that so fulfills you that, if someone told you, “It’s right outside—but watch out—it could kill you!” you’d run straight toward it, through the screen door wit ...more
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Published December 27th 2011 by Atria Books
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Rachel I would agree with 'Finding your own North star'. It got through to me in ways few self help books have and gave a great mix of practical, spiritual a…moreI would agree with 'Finding your own North star'. It got through to me in ways few self help books have and gave a great mix of practical, spiritual and psychological ways to understand yourself better and improve your overall happiness.(less)
Rachel DuBois I've come back to this book over the years. I've read it probably 5 times, practicing many of the exercises over and over again.

When I first read it,…more
I've come back to this book over the years. I've read it probably 5 times, practicing many of the exercises over and over again.

When I first read it, it blew my mind and I felt like I had discovered Hogwarts was real. But then I couldn't get any of the exercises to work, and I even tried searching for Beck life coaches who could help teach me and couldn't find a single one despite extensive searching. Not one.

So I credit the book as still being a good guide for developing your intuition and manifesting abilities, but obviously there's something still missing since no one, other than the people in the book, seems to be able to do the magic that she promises. (less)

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Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
New Release December 27, 2011

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” is a truth that will manifest itself over and over as this exciting new book is read and shared and read again. The number of markers and underlines and margin notes in my preview copy are testaments to the fact I was ready. I devoured it and now am going back to start practicing the many exercises. The book’s purpose is to help you more clearly identify “what you should be doing with your one wild and precious lif
Valorie Hallinan
Apr 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I tried to like this book, but I did not. Just a little too out there for me and I found her writing style annoying, though I agree with her basic sentiments. The author glosses over just how difficult it is to forge a path of one's own in terms of career and life work. It would be a good thing if we could all do this, but the world is more complex than that, and many people who try fall through the cracks. I found her stories about "coincidences" with animals and bent spoons, etc, hard to belie ...more
Carolyn Hill
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Martha Beck is a joy to read. She knows how to get her message across through entertaining stories, and she has a mine of amazing experiences from her own life and those she has coached to draw from. As well as being insightful, spiritually attuned, and hilarious, she so much wants to help others find their right lives and express their true natures, and gives practices and guidance to enable them to do so. That is what she is here to do, she believes, as well as a little thing like save the pla ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Martha Beck is a sociologist, writer, life coach, and regular columnist in O, the Oprah Magazine. I’ve always enjoyed her writing and point-of-view, and was happy to take this book (published in Jan/12) along with me on my trip to Ecuador in March. There, I had the time and space to take in its message – perfect – as the book is about creating in ourselves the time, space, and attention that helps us 1) understand the kind of life we want, and 2) achieve our “true nature”.

Beck offers up four too
Alison Gresik
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I adore Martha Beck and her mix of pragmatic, spiritual advice on living your right life, along with her goofy prose style and her wonderful stories. This book chronicles the time she has spent at Londolozi, a natural game preserve in South Africa, and what the animals have taught her about how to serve and thrive in a world that is changing at a bewildering pace. I will be re-reading this book and deep-practicing what it teaches all year. If you read it and it connects with you, let me know!
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wisdom-parenting
This book came into my life at just the right time and brought together many threads that I've been aware of and dabbling with for several years now. It's sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, full of magic moments and practices to cultivate our innate gifts of perception and connection. Martha Beck is a gifted and fearless writer, and her message is critical for our time, as we struggle to find a balance between our highly industrialized way of life and the deeper mysteries of the living world. I can ...more
Jo Self
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I never get tired of Martha Beck. Her down to earth, witty style makes her extraordinary subject matter sound not so crazy. I have read and followed her for several books and years. She started out a skeptic and continues, through her own testing and life experience, to carve out a compelling path to an unexpected and fulfilled life for herself and to beckon us to come along for the ride.

If you want to believe what she is saying but just can't quite go so far "out there" as she is, I encourage
KJ Grow
Oct 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
I can't. Had to give this up halfway through. I'm an admitted self-junkie and have a high woo-woo threshold, but this book gave me the rage. It's rooted in worthy concepts like mindfulness and universal connection, but framed in such a way I found unpalatable. There are some gems in here but you have to wade through a swamp of murky poo to find them.
Graham Sharpe
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever noticed how some people make money doing the things they love? For some people work feels like play and without much effort they earn a great living whilst feeling satisfied and fulfilled. Well, in a nutshell, this book tells you how to become one of those people. I’ve read similar books over the years, but the voice inside my head that says, “You have to struggle and work hard if you want to succeed,” is loud and persistent, and so I often forget there is an easier way. Finding Yo ...more
Meredith Holley
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wise
This is my favorite Martha Beck book so far. I haven't read the Adam one, but you guys! This one teaches you how to be a horse whisperer and how to bend spoons! Here are my spoons that I bent:

spoons I corkscrewed

So, that was awesome. You use your hands to bend spoons, but you can't bend them before you meditate on them, so it's still pretty magic.

She's also kind of sold me on this idea of doing green smoothies, I'm sorry to tell you. I haven't gone there yet though.

Martha Beck is so awesome. <3
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Martha's writing consistently cracks me up, no matter the topic. Here she takes on saving the world, one leopard at a time. I don't know that I will make it to safari in Africa (which she uses as a frame for her content) but I can certainly practice her advice on being present, connected, imaginative, and playful at home. She can't write books fast enough for me.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: repeatable
Probably my favorite of Beck’s books. A good resource for anyone interested in self-coaching.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I checked it out from the library but this is the kind of book I would like to own and go back to over and over. First of all it touches upon so many useful, thought-provoking things one reading is not enough to fully grasp them. But then there's also the matter of how it makes you feel. Finding Your Way will never fail to lift you up from despair and make you look at things from a new, more positive angle. If you are in a difficult life situation or under a lot of stress, reading sections of th ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
okay. Now I have been reading Martha's writing for years. And I had been seeing a trend in her books, leaning towards personal embracing of ... well, the entire world, really. So this book is not a surprise or a shock to me. And I still trust her judgement implicitly, mostly due to my sharing her sense of ironic and irreverent humor, and as long as her jokes border on twisted and make me laugh i figure she's alright. Actually I suspect she's better than alright, I suspect she's experiencing the ...more
Sep 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: biz-reads
From The Daily Muse:

Now, bear with me: Although not directly business-related, Oprah’s life coach, Martha Beck, provides some crazy-challenging personal inquiry in her latest book that will speak directly to your inner entrepreneur. If you approach this with the idea of outing your real and passionate business self, you’re going to get rather serious rather quickly about what you’d actually like to do to make money. If you’re a somewhat New-Agey-hippie masquerading as a yuppie, so much the bett
Michelle Stephens
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-improvement
When I first started this book I was really digging it. What Martha Beck defines as a healer, mender, wayfinder really spoke to me. As a pantheist and someone interested in Buddhism the first two sections on Wordlessness and Oneness really hit home. However, the exercises she suggests often seemed too out there even for me - and I consider myself pretty woo-woo. ;)

I think the overall ideas and theories she has about people who are wayfinders is on the right track but many of her examples left m
Mary Welty-dapkus
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Martha Beck is a genius and she has done it again. Now, I will admit. I'm partial. I am a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and I have read all of her books. The first one I read was Finding Adam and it is still my favorite. Now, saying you have a favorite Martha Beck book is like saying you have a favorite child. All of Martha's books are wise and witty, sage and sarcastic, insightful and irreverant. This book is a map, your own inner GPS for connecting to our primal yet universal way of being h ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I really like all of Martha's books and have been profoundly influenced by many of them. This one seemed to be a natural progression from her last few books, but it was a bit out there for me. I love the ideas but the exercises didn't really work for me. I was left with a sense of frustration and feeling that I wasn't perhaps aware/evolved/open enough for this to work for me. I really wanted to be part of "The Team" (the type of people she is targeting with this book, who have the ability to hel ...more
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version of this book, and at first, it was difficult to get into it, but as I continued to listen, I found myself thinking about the book all of the time.
I started considering myself a Way Finder about 3 chapters in, and although I haven't mastered Spoon Bending yet, I would now be willing to believe that it is possible to do such a thing.
The intertwining of Martha's personal experiences with exercises and other people's examples really made this an informative, motivati
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a book I will revisit from time to time. Often books like this take on new meanings at different times in your life. I took a long time to read it because when I read nonfiction, self help type books I usually have 1 or 2 fictions going at the same time. Part of me is a little cynical of some of Martha Beck's claims, but the other part of me, the bigger part, is very open to the thought of me as a healer, a wayfinder. I will recommend this book to friends of a special breed.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that this book has been life-changing for me. It has helped me, already, to reach a deeper state of meditation, and I look forward to continuing to work on the four technologies of magic. Or, in other words, "reclaiming my true nature and creating the life I want." Not only is the book inspirational, but Martha Beck offers some very practical ways to bring this to fruition.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Absolute bollocks. Reads like Diablo Cody with an Ivy League Doctorate. Prepare to roll your eyes as you learn how to communicate with animals, how to psychically influence everyone around you, and how to become a superhero just by dreaming about leopards. I came dangerously close to finishing this, why I'm not sure.
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm a pretty die hard Martha Beck fan. While I did enjoy her latest book, I found it a bit of a departure from her previous books and I didn't enjoy it as much. There were some good nuggets in it, but overall I found it a bit "out there" and not as enjoyable as the North Star series.
Alex Whatton
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-changers
I recommend this to anyone who is searching within themselves for meaning and joy and mindfulness. What a powerful change in me that this book, alone, has created. I finally feel like my life is on the path it was always meant to be on. Enjoy!
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anyone raising a creative child and trying to find their path can relate to this book, albeit it's a bit kooky. Unlearn everything you learned in school about what it means to be intelligent. The sharp focus you were told to sustain is actually a limiting, stressful, narrow attention field-something animals only use in the moment of "fight or flight". Explains my conflict with the pharmacy/technical world. It is necessary but maybe not for me! Dropping into wordlessness moves the brain into its ...more
Ariane Trelaun
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Since the first moment I heard her speak, in person, at an Oprah-sponsored thing in San Francisco in October 2008, I have been completely hooked on Martha Beck. I was sneary of the whole life-coach idea, but then she opened her mouth and I realized: holy shit, she's on the Team! Here's my blog about it, written when I started reading Finding Your Way:

I LOVED Finding Your Way -- it's exactly what I needed to read right now, at the start of this big Water Dragon year of
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I got tired of this book. However, that is not surprising given I have a very low tolerance for new age self-help books. I read this book because my mom sent it to me because of its section on "wordlessness" and exercises to help you drop into this state of openness and attuned awareness. I liked this section very much and thought it was useful for cultivating a state of being that is under constant attack in our hyper-connected (but weirdly disconnected) world. I would give that section 5 stars ...more
ياسمين خليفة
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all , I love Martha Beck ,I read her articles in Oprah website religiously and That's why I was so excited to read this book.It didn't disappoint me although some ideas in it was little over the top like spoon benting and attracting what you want by imagining it but there are a lot of good ideas .The wordlessness is the best part of the book and also the forming chapter is very good . The book is full of information that is hard to process at one time so it is worth reading two times , ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, I wanted to wildly love this book. After all, I have enjoyed other Martha Beck books and I like the spirit behind what she writes about.

However, there was something almost too overly dramatic and cheesy about most of this book. And I found the first half or so very difficult to connect to. Africa? Down Syndrome child gurus? Oneness? Animals talking? Weird practices that I didn't really "get."

But I plugged along, and I really found some awesome things in the latter half of the book. That i
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This is one of my favorite non-fiction books - i read it over and over again when i want to focus my mind and re-ingest the multitude of great tid-bits of wisdom she has to share.....she's a great writer, I love her style. She's casual and comfortable to read and I really enjoy picking up any of her books when i need a little lift. I highly recommend this book for anyone, young or old, who is looking for some direction in their life and/or who thinks they can benefit from a new perspective. Do i ...more
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“No matter where you are, no matter how small or pathetic you may feel, freeing your wayfinder’s Imagination by embarking on an adventure turns you into some kind of crazy-strong electromagnet. Take out all the stops, drop into Wordless Oneness, laugh and play and love and dream beyond all reason, and miraculous things begin happening. Doors open. Paths appear. Team members you’ve never met find their way through time, space, and every other barrier to help you. You simply wait, Imagining, as the islands rise out of the sea to greet you. It’s not necessary that you believe this. Imagining it is enough. HOW NOT TO IMAGINE” 1 likes
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