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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

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Amazing

I'm guilt for complementing the author James Hollis because I really liked all books that I read about him. And for already felt in love for his handwriting naturally I really enjoyed the audible version as well. I hope that Jean Shinoda Bolen can start publishing audible version and that him could do more audible versions. The title is about "the second half of life" but this book applies for all ages of man psychology.

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Excellent.

One of the most important books I have read. Will reread it many times. Profound influence on my life.

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Comforting, wise words

A rich offering! Words to ponder and explore in relation to the course of our life.

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A Deeply Important Listen

One of the most relevant, timely recordings on Sounds True. Hollis has simmered down years of insight, research, and practical experience into a vital medicine for the soul.

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I need to read again.

This was an amazing book. You can tell he has done a lot of work on himself and introspection. I also sensed he was coming from a genuine and sincere place rather than trying to make money or for his own Ego.. One of the best books I have read (or listened to) in long time.

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Hollis outstanding

Master teacher and mentor extraordinarily gifted as Jungian Analyst. Love this lecture series and listen to it over and over again. How to get unstuck on your path.

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Powerful and pause for thought

Wonderfully thoughtful and insightful about the quandaries one encounters when questioning life's purpose. Beautiful voice, good pacing, well structured chapters. A true delight and recommended reading to anyone asking themselves "how did I get here and where am I going?"

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Thank you!!

I love this book. Thank you James Hollis for this mind blowing explanation of our human experience, and thank you for saving us thousand of dollars in therapy.

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Amazing insights

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.

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Well presented, insightful, immediately helpful

If you could sum up Through the Dark Wood in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, immediately helpful

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Each chapter has a moment that particularly moved me, each is important and essential in its own right.

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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.

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  • Mr B
  • 01-04-17

L I FE CHANGING

I can't recommend this book enough!

Sums up all the questions in mid life and gives understandable answers.

James Hollis has one of the most engaging and interesting voices ever.

I'm just about to start listening to it again. I have NEVER re read a book immediately after finishing it. enjoy!

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  • Mr. M. Dillon
  • 10-27-16

Insightfull and detailed

Have listened to it several times over and learned something new every time. I would recommend it.

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  • Lucy Giles
  • 04-17-16

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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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  • scania price
  • 04-22-17

Fantastic!

Beautifully read and would recommend to everyone. Amazing book! Begin your journey now and live your life to the full 😀🌟

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-18

Profound wisdom.

I've become a huge fan of James Hollis' work. He explains the human condition in a caring, insightful, and wonderful way. I recommend this to anyone who's willing to look in the mirror and grow or wants to go deeper into understanding themself and others.