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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 ...
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Overview

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 a destiny of a life that's simply over, but rather a 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.
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Williamson is unarguably one of the most visible and influential writers in spirituality and almost as puzzling as the book that was her inspiration and the foundation of her early fame, A Course in Miracles. Raised in a Jewish household, Williamson, after a string of personal mishaps entirely typical of American life, found her way to the Course, a book dictated by, so its "medium" Helen Schucman claimed, the voice of Jesus. Williamson's book-length exposition of Schucman's curious post-Christian mysticism, Return to Love(1992), became a best seller. Williamson's later work has distanced itself from the Course, and The Age of Miraclesis hardly an exception to this later practice-it is a grab bag of anecdote, precepts, and bland advice on middle age (Williamson herself is in her middle fifties). Its publication, although it scarcely mentions the Course, will coincide (or perhaps the better word is converge) with Williamson's new lectures on the Courseon Oprah Winfrey's radio channel, XM 156. The force of Oprah's approbation is so great as to render review almost irrelevant, but we will say that The Age of Miraclesis more of the same for the persuaded and will not damage innocent minds. For most collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458717559
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/14/2009
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Edition number: 16
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and the best-selling author of A Return to Love, The Healing of America, A Woman’s Worth, and Illuminata, among other works. Williamson has done extensive charitable organizing throughout the country in service to people with life-challenging illnesses (she founded Project Angel Food in Los Angeles); and is the founder of The Peace Alliance, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to fostering a culture of peace.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Long and Winding Road 1

Chapter 2 Do You Believe in Magic? 11

Chapter 3 The Nick of Time 37

Chapter 4 God Only Knows 53

Chapter 5 The Way She'd Act and the Color of Her Hair 75

Chapter 6 I Will Survive 95

Chapter 7 In the Midnight Hour 121

Chapter 8 Abraham, Martin, and John 139

Chapter 9 We Are the World 159

Acknowledgments 183

About the Author 187

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    The Age of Miracles

    Easy read. Every chapter is thought provoking.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

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    Marianne Williamson's The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife is really about that most human of dreams-- The Second Chance. All of us want to believe that we can change what we don't like about ourselves, that we can recover from past mistakes and bad breaks. If we're fortunate, we discover that all we need to become someone other than what we are resides inside us, in the beautiful, mysterious spirit. Williamson has been helping people learn this simple truth and act on it for two decades, and never has her message been more tender and personal. 'It's time to re-enchant ourselves,' she writes, and as she shares her own efforts, she makes it seem so sweet and tangible for the rest of us! I love her heartbreaking, inspiring anecdotes about her relationship with her daughter (who cannot identify with both parties when we read about a little girl who misses her mommy even when she's home?). Most of all, I love Williamson's vulnerability and her honesty. Even for her, life has created surprises that were not always wonderful. She is sadder in these pages, and more tender, and she is also more desirable and compelling than she has ever been. As we grow older, it's natural, if we still feel anything at all, to feel more vulnerable. The good news is that this is really progress and not a falling down. We learn as we age to take a little more time, which can be taking greater care with everything. We listen better, and we're not as quick on the judgment draw. We're more compassionate, and more in synch with the universe's life-giving energy. Millions of baby boomers are discovering these truths every day now, and Marianne Williamson has just presented us with our first formal acknowledgment and fabulous Guide. 'With every new thought,' she writes, 'you can work a miracle--changing your script and changing your life.' With great joy, let's get to it! -Robert McDowell, The Poetry Mentor, author of the forthcoming POETRY AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (Free Press, July 2008)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    AGE OF MIRACLES/CD

    I LISTEN TO IT OVER & OVER, BECAUSE IT'S SO HELPFUL & UP LIFTING.
    MARIANNE WILLIAMSON IS A WONDERFUL EMPATHETIC WRITER.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    An Antidote to a Mid-Life Crises

    If you are in midlife and not wholly happy with your life, read this book. This book is meant to empower. Marianne Williamson asks us: 'How would we live were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we felt full permission from ourselves and others to give to life everything we've got?' With those thoughts in mind, Williamson guides the reader to go after the life they want to be proactive. Only when 'we go for it' do we flourish. Midlife is what you create. We are not too old to change, if anything, with age comes knowledge, Williamson counsels. Williamson believes midlife is another stage of life and should be celebrated as such--not unlike the transition from childhood into teenager. She claims the bar or bat mitzvahs, the Jewish traditional rite of passage, is an ideal way to acknowledge the transition from childhood to adolescence, allowing the child to comes to terms with the change in life. Likewise, we need to celebrate our transition into midlife. Williamson claims that if we don't, we risk a midlife crisis, most often manifested as depression in women. She says, 'Now is the time to burst forth into your greatness--a greatness you could never have achieved without going through exactly the things you've gone through.' It's our perception of middle age that counts --not the old stereotypes. Midlife is like second chance. We learn who we are and know what we want. Midlife is the time to allow whatever it is into our lives. Author of the award winning book,Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    A must book for women of all ages

    Although this book is targeted toward the marvelous Midlife women I would recommend women of all ages read it. If you are looking for meaning to your own life, are having a moment where you are about to embark on a different path read this book.

    Marianne Williamson is a gifted person when it comes to communicating profound thoughts that we all carry inside of us, but at time cannot articulate it in such a concise manner.

    She is fresh, stylish, yet gets it. That "it" is the meaning of having a purpose in your life. After reading her book, I honestly felt that it was meant for me to walk into Barnes and Noble that precise moment to purchase it. After having a conversation with a friend of mine who is at a crossroads in her life, I recommended the book, and was compelled to just go out and buy her a copy. She loved it as well.


    The book was an impulse buy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    A must read for anyone "afraid of getting old"!

    I am a woman who has never been ashamed, in fact who has celebrated getting older. If you are afraid of getting older, and being somehow "less" - please, please, please read this book! It encompasses everything I have always believed about getting older - it's not less, it's more and it's better! Thank you Marianne - again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

    An Inspirational treasure to keep and reread often.

    I purchased The Age Of Miracles for myself and have read it over at least twice. It is the kind of book to refer back to and revisit. It is chock full of wonderful and inspirational messages and reminders that life has wonder to offer at any age. I recently purhcased another copy of the book as a gift for a friend who sorely needed this uplifting treasure. The author has a talent for hitting the mark every time and making her points with humor and grace.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    It's Great Getting Older!

    I'm a writer and a working hypnotherapist, and because most of my clients are middle-aged women who want to lose weight, I loved this book and recommend it highly. First, as I said, getting older is great, because the alternative is dying, yes? And because my husband died in my arms (at 61) and then "came back" to chat about love and the sacredness of sex, it changed my perspective on many things. And Marianne's "Age of Miracles," is an empowering perspective-change on aging. Read this book and let it inspire you to take your own life seriously and live it the way it's meant to be lived. If not now, when?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    High;y recommended -

    Marianne Williamson has always had a way of cutting to the chase of life and spirit. I have given many copies of this away - as the more people that are offered this way of thinking, the healthier and more peaceful the planet!
    It starts with oneself!

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Great reading! Loved, loved loved this book.

    There aren't many books out there that deal with midlife and the aging process that put such a positive spin on an issue I don't even like to think about. After reading this book, I am actually excited bout this next chapter of my life. I am hopeful! Bring it on, life! Janice Young, Michigan

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