IRIS KRASNOW is the author of the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, as well as Surrendering to Motherhood, Surrendering to Yourself, I Am My Mother's Daughter and The Secret Lives of Wives. She has appeared on numerous national shows, ranging from ''Oprah'' and ''Good Morning America'' to ''All Things Considered''. She lives in Maryland with her husband and four sons.
Surrendering to Yourselfby Iris Krasnow
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Best-selling author Iris Krasnow presents a powerful, exhilarating book about living from truth, about uncovering who you are, beyond marriage, children, and career. With passionate narrative and insightful interviews, Krasnow helps readers muster up the courage to discard old selves that are false, and to live their dreams. She pushes people to sever unhealthy relationships, to resurrect childhood hobbies, to consider a new career, and to face their own mortality. Krasnow stresses that Surrendering to Yourself is not a selsh pursuit, that developing clarity and strength from within means opening up to the world and to love. 'My goal is for midlifers to think life-lifts, not facelifts; for people with crevices in their faces to realize that Botox cannot x their souls,' writes Krasnow. 'It is only when we plug into the passion of our souls can we find happiness.'
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In her latest ¿surrendering¿ advice book (see SURRENDERING TO MARRIAGE and SURRENDERING TO MOTHERHOOD), Iris Krasnow makes a strong case that women need a self-identity outside of being a wife, mother, and daughter. Using anecdotal references from herself and those whom she interviews for this nonfiction work, Ms. Krasnow affirms that for a woman to feel fulfillment and internal harmony, they must know who they are, accept who they are, and learn to love who they are. The author is not denigrating other roles of women as mothers nor as wives as that can provide plenty of satisfaction, but Ms. Krasnow feels strongly that is not enough. To be whole, a woman must pursue activity that only satisfies herself with no shared credit for achievement. This self-help tome is well written (as is its two sister books) and smoothly moves forward with fine examples to support the hypothesis that women require activity that is disassociated with their family relationship ¿roles¿. However, the Pollyanna writing fails to deal with those who have few options like single mothers living in abject poverty, but for those stressed out middle class females like this reviewer whose reasons for critiquing fit the book¿s theme SURRENDERING TO YOURSELF is Nirvana. Harriet Klausner