Dr. Brown defines spirituality as something not reliant on religion, theology, or dogma - rather, it is a belief in our interconnectedness and in a loving force greater than ourselves....
From childhood on, we're barraged by messages that it's sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless....
What does it really mean to be a grown-up in today's world? We assume that once we "get it together" with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled....
A dynamic and inspiring exploration of the new science that is redrawing the future for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s for the better - and for good....
Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity....
Two New York Times best-selling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain....
In our "third chapters" we are beginning to redefine our views about the casualties and opportunities of aging; we are challenging cultural definitions of strength, maturity, power, and sexiness. This is a chapter in life when the traditional norms, rules, and rituals of our careers seem less encompassing and restrictive; when many women and men seem to be embracing new challenges and searching for greater meaning in life.
In The Third Chapter, Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot offers a strong counterpoint to the murky ambivalence that shrouds our clear view of people in their third chapters. She challenges the still-prevailing and anachronistic images of aging by documenting and revealing the ways in which the years between 50 and 75 may, in fact, be the most transformative and generative time in our lives - tracing the ways in which wisdom, experience, and new learning inspire individual growth and cultural transformation. The women and men whose voices fill the pages of The Third Chapter tell passionate and poignant stories of risk and vulnerability, failure and resilience, challenge and mastery, experimentation and improvisation, and insight and new learning.
This book has a great title, and an excellent message with good stories of individuals who have "reinvented" themselves in midlife. But I pretty much got the point after about 3 chapters and wasn't sure what value was being added by making the book longer. Also, the social science language and vocab kind of got on my nerves after awhile.
Narrator has some odd pronunciations, e.g. "pedagogy." But overall, a good message, if you can ignore some of the academic aspects of the book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Highly disappointed in this book. All people who are interviewed in the book are people who I and probably 90% of other readers will not identify with. Did Ms Lightfoot find these folks at the university or from Who's Who? All with advanced degrees, many who attended the fancy schools, high achievers with wonderful significant others who are now entering the third phase of life. Blah, blah, blah so unrealistic. I was so hoping that this book would be real and I could take away some ideas and insight to help with this next phase of my life.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I turned it off after the first five minutes. I felt embarrassed just listening to this. Not sure of the author's age, but the style came across as an elderly person trying too hard to use "cool" words to sound "hip." What ever happened to presenting useful information? There might be some in there if you can stomach they author's style.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot and/or Laural Merlington?
doubtful on sara Lawrence. maybe on laural
What was most disappointing about Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot’s story?
it wasn't _her_ story. she just interviewed a few people and told a few things about _their_ story.
What three words best describe Laural Merlington’s performance?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
skip it. there 1000s of other books you could read
Should have paid attention to the other reviews:
It's a scholarly, hard to access book which they gave a pop-sounding title.
Shame, because it's an important subject, and offers some new thinking..but it's not a good listen.
And it's made worse by the narrator who speaks too fast, and sounds like she doesn't really understand the material. Otherwise she would slow down and add some emphasis and interest to what she's reading.
Stick to Gail Sheehy - and others who are not so pretentious.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful