Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Career development counselor Leider (Life Skills) and freelance writer Shapiro here contend that many ``mid-life inventurers'' (those undergoing a mid-life crisis) lose their sense of what they want from their personal and professional lives. This simplistic guide is intended to help readers redefine their own version of the ``good life'' and offers a formula to achieve it. The authors advise readers to discard excess ``baggage'' such as possessions, responsibilities and relationships in order to reintegrate ``work, love, place, and purpose.'' Citing thinkers from Alfred Adler to Dante and Norman Cousins, they couch their suggestions in metaphorical, slogan-like terms and use sometimes arbitrary-sounding ``Postcard exercises'' to be exchanged with a ``Dialogue Partner.'' Having ``fully unpacked your relationship bags'' and chosen only things ``you can't live without,'' you are presumably ready to select a new purpose, way of life and environment. 30,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
The authors describe "repacking"' as the ongoing process of reevaluating and reinventing our lives. Throughout the book's five sections, training consultant Leider (The Power of Purpose, Fawcett, 1985) and coauthor Shapiro argue that there are four elements (work, love, place, and purpose) critical to a successful life and that we must live "passionately for today and purposefully for tomorrow." All of this has been said before, but some authors are able to take familiar concepts and give them new meaning or appeal. Unfortunately, that is not the case here. A major marketing campaign and interest from attendees of Leider's workshops will bring requests from some patrons. Otherwise, only the largest public libraries needing to fill their self-help shelves should consider this derivative work.-January Adams, ODSI Research Lib., Raritan, N. J.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
In a new, expanded and revised edition, this classic bestseller aims to help readers achieve their own vision of the good life. The authors want to help people live where they belong, with the people they love, "doing the right work, on purpose." Repacking Your Bags guides readers through getting their lives under control, deciding what really matters now, and discovering a clearer sense of purpose in life through stories, personal examples and innovative exercises. Copyright (c) 2002 Soundview Executive Book Summaries