Midlife Crash Course: The Journey from Crisis to Full Creative Power

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One might imagine that a clinical psychologist and trauma counselor would be unusually self-aware in times of pain and transition, and from that very expert lens comes this healing journey that will leave the reader with tears of sorrow – and laughter.  Dr. Gail Feldman may have seen it all before in her patients, but no amount of prior knowledge could prepare her for the impact of a series of bodily and emotional shocks: a divorce after 35 years of marriage, a subsequent relationship that imploded with ...

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Overview

One might imagine that a clinical psychologist and trauma counselor would be unusually self-aware in times of pain and transition, and from that very expert lens comes this healing journey that will leave the reader with tears of sorrow – and laughter.  Dr. Gail Feldman may have seen it all before in her patients, but no amount of prior knowledge could prepare her for the impact of a series of bodily and emotional shocks: a divorce after 35 years of marriage, a subsequent relationship that imploded with upending revelations, and a skiing accident that resulted in broken bones and a head injury. Both deeply personal and universally relatable, Dr. Feldman tells not only her own story, but that of the mythological heroine archetype.  Midlife Crash Course stands as an inspirational missive for women who have been stopped, stunned, left, lost, wounded – women who wonder what’s next. The climatic endings and ensuing pursuit for new beginnings that characterize midlife journeys are recounted, tussled with, reveled in – uniquely and unflinchingly honest, Dr. Feldman’s latest book is a reminder that as we all suffer, so shall we recover. 

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"Sometimes we learn as much in the valleys as we do on the mountaintops.

Gail Feldman is an experienced and inspiring guide for the woman who feelslost in despair but is committed to new growth and happiness." —Marianne Williamson,New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936467037
  • Publisher: Vantage Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,507,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Gail Feldman is a clinical psychologist, award-winning author, and dynamic public speaker. She has been featured on radio and television programs across the United States, including Larry King Live, and has given presentations in countries from Puerto Rico to Vietnam on crisis, creativity, and resilience. Dr. Feldman served for twenty-two years as a clinical assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, facilitating conflict resolution with families, and providing psychotherapy for trauma survivors. Her previous books have been praised by such best-selling authors as Ann Rule, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Bernie Siegel, and Lois Duncan. Dr. Feldman was a contributing writer for Current Health Magazine for several years, has authored numerous professional articles, and produced a “Children’s Coping” series of audio tapes to address moments of stress particular to toddlers and young children.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Motivational and Inspiring Read - Highly Recommended

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    Midlife Crash Course-The Journey From Crisis To Full Creative Power by Gail C. Feldman, PHD was a personal story of survival as much as it was a self-help book for anyone who needs to empower themselves. Gail's story was an emotional journey into her human experience: a painful divorce after a 35 year marriage, a series of accidents that left her both physically and psychologically wounded, failed relationships, and a devastating depression, followed by her rise to power over herself and her past. This book is all about overcoming obstacles, and she definitely proves that it is more than a possibility.

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    Midlife Crash Course was an honest story of one woman's constant battle with life's unexpected challenges. I was surprised to find that Gail was so open about her struggles, especially about her vulnerabilities. It was very touching and real, which was refreshing since most self-help type books profess to the reader instead of opening up and showing the reality. How can someone help themselves or anyone else if they aren't honest and open about their own problems and feelings? That is why I appreciated Gail's approach; she has a no-holds-barred way of describing her struggles while still helping the reader to find their footing with their own challenges. I enjoyed the writing and the overall theme of hope, even when her life seemed to be falling apart. The only thing that bothered me was that, at times, instead of a conversational tone, I felt that the writing became more clinical, harder for the reader to relate. Overall, I got Gail's message, and I liked the road she took her readers down. I recommend Midlife Crash Course to anyone who believes in the power to overcome whatever obstacles present themselves.

    Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)

    ***I received this book from LibraryThing Member Giveaways (Vantage Point Books) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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