Have you ever looked at your career, your relationships, or your role in life and wondered, "Is this why I’m really here?” If so, then you are ready for your “midlife crisis" - the pivotal time when you have the opportunity to become the person your soul seeks to be.
"When the illusions of our youth begin to crumble," explains James Hollis, "we reach a turning point that the poet Dante called the 'dark wood.'" With Through the Dark Wood, this author and Jungian analyst reveals the steps we all must take on our road to true maturity, meaning, and fulfillment.
When the Second Half of Life Begins
How do you know when you’ve reached the “second half ”of life? According to Hollis, the first sign comes when you feel dissatisfied by where you are today—and hear a call from within to live a more purposeful life. This marks the collision between your “False Self,” created from the expectations of others, and your instinctive “True Self.”
Drawing upon his experiences with hundreds of clients, Hollis provides an essential map for traversing the universal challenges of midlife, such as building genuine relationships, cultivating a mature spirituality, and letting go of old beliefs that no longer serve you.
An Invaluable Guide through the Challenges of Midlife
"The second half of life isn’t about looking for easy answers," James Hollis says. "It’s about honestly exploring the questions that bring richness and value to your life." With Through the Dark Wood, this penetrating thinker shares a lifetime of insights about how to navigate your life’s most turbulent passages - and emerge from the darkness wiser, stronger, and in greater harmony with your soul’s purpose.
©2009 James Hollis (P)2009 James Hollis
An excellent resource for midlife transition and how to come to terms with yourself. Have recommended it to many friends who also have found much value in Dr. Hollis' work.
Insightful, immediately helpful
Each chapter has a moment that particularly moved me, each is important and essential in its own right.
As a man in my early 50's in the midst of confronting the chickens that have come home to roost, Dr. Hollis handed me a lantern for my walk through the dark wood and gave me direction on how to use it. Even so, the path I take is my own, which he makes abundantly clear.
My husband and I just reached the end of this audiobook and both agreed to listen through the whole thing again. There were so many chapters that stirred up serious reflection and personal realizations. I think it is one of those books that can be a companion throughout life's journey. I also very much enjoyed the fact that it is read by the author himself, who has an engaging voice and storytelling style.
I loved this book! I couldn't stop listening to it and I've heard most of it again. It answered many questions and have me a new perspective. I would recommended it, and have, to anyone who is questioning their being! Thank you James Hollis 💝
His talk on developing mature spirituality was precisely what I am seeking information on.
Accepting one's own suffering and learning not to burden our loved ones since they must carry their own suffering as well. That's what it means to come into adulthood, whether we like that answer or not. Harks back to stoicism in that respect.
No characters. This is not a fictional piece.
Plan on listening to this book over and over, which isn't my norm.
This is another amazing piece of work by Dr. James Hollis. The only thing I wish I had done differently when listening to this book was that I be sitting at home taking notes because the amount of wisdom that pours out of Dr. Hollis is like nothing I have ever seen. This book and his work talks to me like nothing else ever has. I'm 36 years old and going through the Darkwood. This book has help me to understand why I have been going through such a tough time for the past 10 months of my life. I'm so relieved to know that there is someone out there who truly understands exactly what I am feeling.
A well read and well-written book from a skilled Jungian analyst, 'through a dark wood is an encouraging work on the important theme of finding meaning at midlife.
Thoughtfully read by the author.
I have no idea how I stumbled on this book, but I'm at the age that when it popped up on audible I was intrigued.
James Hollis is a writer with soul. A classically trained Jungian Analyst, with years of life experience and a fine mind as well as heart James Hollis has written Through the Dark Wood first and foremost as a gift I believe. There is a real commitment to the reader to navigate mid life for the duration of the book with them.
I loved that he asked so many questions of such great depth that he will leave me pondering them for some time to come. It's a beautifully crafted piece with three distinct sections. He draws from Jung a lot and if anything has now piqued my interest to read more of his work.
If you are a ponderer, a deep thinker and a seeker whether inside or on the periphery of the dark wood and the cusp of mid life or beyond, this is an excellent place to dive deeper with a fellow human being well qualified to be your guide.
It's a body of work I will be returning to again and again. Loved it.
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