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Publisher's Summary

Internationally recognized coach and New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Richardson has toured the world empowering others to make lasting change. But when Richardson's own life no longer worked as it once had, a persistent inner voice offered unmistakable guidance: It was time to reevaluate her life to uncover what really mattered.

Waking Up in Winter is the candid and revelatory account of how at midlife, Richardson found renewed contentment and purpose through a heroic inward journey. The unfolding story, told through intimate journal entries, follows Richardson from the first gentle nudges of change to a thoughtfully reimagined life - a soulful spring awakening.

With an experienced coach's intuition and an artist's eye, Richardson reexamines everything - her marriage, her work, her friendships, and her priorities - gracefully shedding parts of the self that no longer serve along the way.

In the end she not only discovers what really matters at midlife; she invites readers to join her in the inquiry process by providing thought-provoking questions designed to usher them through their own seasons of transformation.

Offering up Richardson's most powerful teaching tool yet - her own life - Waking Up in Winter takes listeners on a brave spiritual adventure that shows us all how to live a more authentic and meaningful life.

Special bonus material: Cheryl has included a special section in this audio program where she discusses the series of questions at the end of the book. These questions (and the discussion) are meant to encourage your own transformational journey. You can use them with a journal, in discussions with a friend or support partner, or with your book group.

©2017 Cheryl Richardson (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Too many cliches

Cliches galore and unhelpful personal detail. By chapter 3 I still had no take-aways or learned anything of substance.

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a life you will live with the writer

Great Story! which shows a main idea of observation about self!, and how not to miss living the present moment while looking forward for brighter future!

the writer makes me live with her in her life,, as feeling what she felt, and how she dealt with it.

I enjoyed the book, enhance my knowledge through the experience,,

well Done, Cheryl,,

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Love this book

Thank you so much for sharing. Your voice is very soothing! Didn’t want the book to end!

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Amazing!!

Waking up in Winter is unbridled and authentic reflection of midlife. Thank you Cheryl for putting to words many of the thoughts and feelings many wrestle with at mid life. Blessings!

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Depressing voice and mediocre story

I had a high hope for this one and ended up quite disappointed. The author narrates the book herself and her voice and the tone is very depressing and monotone. Not sure why they couldn’t choose someone who is at least more pleasant. I had to force myself to finish it because there was nothing interesting or new concept that intrigued me. I do appreciate her honesty and vulnerability in the book, however, right around the middle, she starts to talk about past regressions and her lives in another period of times as different persons. I am a Christian and do not believe in reincarnation, so, not only this freaked me out but also gave up on the rest of the story at that point. Overall, this was a very depressing book where the author kind of whines about various aspects of her busy life while learning to balance her work/soul satisfaction. If you are in middle age soul searching quest, instead of this book, I recommend “Finding your own North Star”, which is quite enlightening.

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Enjoyable, comforting, informative

Loved every aspect of this book. For anyone wanting to be present in their life.

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For all ages who wonders how famous live

I am an avid-listener to self-development and a journal lover. It is a real intimate look at a famous author and her daily life. Before this you think famous coaches got it all down. As a coach myself this listen was proof that the tips we give others are what we need to do ourselves. You will see not even the famous are doing “what they should be doing.”

This is Heidi Julavits diary meet self-development expert. Perfect,poetic unique. May there be more.

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heartfelt and practical

This book spoke volumes to me, things I needed to hear at this stage of my life to further my dreams and love and accept myself all the while. We all judge ourselves too harshly at times. This book, as with others I've read by Cheryl Richardson, is a reminder that we all have value, and to honor what we're feeling, even if we're afraid of what might be around the bend.

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Treasure of personal and universal insights and truths that spoke straight to my heart!

Cheryl Richardson is a Coach and teacher and at this point in her life, shares some personal transitions, that as a woman in midlife, I could relate to and be inspired by.

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Tremendously inspiring!

Where does Waking Up in Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Listening to Cheryl Richardson read her journal aloud is very powerful. Her soothing voice, familiar to so many, sharing her most personal struggles, evokes a sense of familiarity with the listener.

What other book might you compare Waking Up in Winter to and why?

Not sure I've read a book quite like this one. Written in journal form, this book allows the listener to learn through Cheryl's personal journey. As she embraces the things that bring her joy, she evaluates and lets go of things that no longer benefit her life and mesh with her beliefs. Cheryl shows us that the journey to become true to yourself and find inner peace is never over, but forever evolving. She does the work required to face these new realizations head on, and through her example the reader will walk away with inspiration, ideas, and tools to help them journey through their life transformations.

Have you listened to any of Cheryl Richardson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have listened to other readings by Cheryl Richardson. Cheryl always draws the listener in close with her soothing voice and honesty. As usual, she does not disappoint. Spoken with emotion and passion, Cheryl gives the listener the sense of being a confidante, sharing her personal thoughts, concerns and realizations.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Waking Up in Winter?

I am working to become more aware of what depletes my energy, as well as what replenishes my soul. I am encouraged to eliminate things, habits, and people that no longer serve my well-being.

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  • Jo Woodman
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A wonderful reminder of doing what you love

I love Cheryl Richardson and have followed her work now for some time. She is a wise woman and shares her teachings freely, beautifully and authentically.
I resonate with so much of this book, despite being 39... but I feel I've always been an old soul, connecting with older wiser women.
A wonderful book, that no doubt will be something I return to every few years to remind myself ... what's important.