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The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife

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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.

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Hardcover, 187 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Hay House (first published December 1st 2007)
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Apr 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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 19, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Drea G
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Far and away THE best book I have encountered for my personal transformation. I listen to a portion of it almost EVERYDAY!!
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Superb. Essential for anyone over 45- or planning to be.Reframes one's context around growing older.
Tonia Browne
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another of her books that you want to read more than once. It is full of ideas that you think you have grasped but then you need to go back again and you read it at another level. I highlighted the sentences that I wanted to remember, but after a few pages, I realised that the whole chapter was now yellow!
Jan 09, 2008 marked it as to-read
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
Monica Robison
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Amber Koppenhofer
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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
Beverly McCall
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Cher Johnson
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jaime Rush
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been listening to this book while driving and am really enjoying it. You don't have to be "midlife" to get a lot out of it. In fact, twenty and thirty-somethings would get a lot out of it because Marianne talks about "looking back" to your earlier life and learning about yourself. So why not try to learn about yourself while you're younger and stop wasting time angsting and beating yourself up over the things you've done and what life has dealt you.

There is a lot of wisdom packed in here.
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 rea ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it liked it
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 clu ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I've enjoyed reading many books by Marianne, was disappointed by this one. Ranting of personal opinions & beliefs on middle age and relationships. When she got into relationship insights is when I really became disappointed. Her relationship concepts, insights were based on her failed relationships, describing her visionary projection of an ideal relationship. Fine for a diary, not for a book entitled "Embracing the new midlife".
May 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Quite frankly, i was disappointed. I was intrigued by a reading by Marianne, of the forward or first chapter where she talked about changing the world. She talked of empowerment in the beginning of the book and at the end, but i found the middle of the book to be off topic (for me). For me there was too much talk about personal attributes. Maybe this says more about me than the book, but that was my experience.
Kimberly Ann
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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."
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: E.Yates
This is the CD version of this book. I've listened I it several times, most recently in 3/12 I've also given it as a gift. I love the quote that we've added 10 years to our lives but it's not at the end, it's in the middle. That's kind of what it feels like. Marianne explores going deeper during midlife & relaxing into possibilities now that the first half is over. It's a nice assessment.
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very short book full of quality information. I'm a baby boomer and this has really sealed the deal for me in that I'm fully prepared to take on the next phase of my life. The author definitely knows what she's talking about in terms of the preparation it has taken some of us to fully become adults. I'm glad I read this book and definitely recommend it to anyone interested in preparing for life in general.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
As always, Williamson does an amazing job addressing issues which will affect us all at some point in time. Writing from the perspective of her own middle-age, she explains how mid-life is a time to make real changes and how to see the possibilities in the rest of our life. If you're going through this transition yourself and feeling lost or discouraged, then this book would definitely change your opinion on the potential of the rest of your life.
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