An author and editor offers observations on life, making changes and embarking on spiritual journeys as she experiences and accepts a new reality of living alone after her children have grown and moved out. 60,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
An author and editor offers observations on life, making changes, and embarking on spiritual journeys as she experiences and accepts a new reality of living alone after her children have grown and moved out. - (Baker & Taylor)
"No longer indispensable, no longer assured of our old carefully crafted identities, no longer beautiful in the way we were at twenty or thirty or forty, we are hungry and searching nonetheless."
From the author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day, this intimate memoir of loss, self-discovery, and growth will resonate deeply with any woman who has ever mourned the passage of time, questioned her own purpose, or wondered, "Do I have what it takes to create something new in my life?"
With the candor and warmth that have endeared her to readers, Kenison reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, children leaving home, recognition of her own physical vulnerability, and surprising shifts in her marriage. She finds solace in the notion that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for growth as old roles and responsibilities fall away, and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon.
More a spiritual journey than a physical one, Kenison's beautifully crafted exploration begins and ends with a home, a life, a marriage. But this metamorphosis proves as demanding as any trek or pilgrimage to distant lands-it will guide and inspire every woman who finds herself asking "What now?" - (Grand Central Pub)
An inspiring, beautiful book for the massive group of women whose children have grown up, but who themselves don't want to stop growing. MAGICAL JOURNEY is a book of reflections by Katrina Kenison about the reality of a new life without children at home. She muses: "Just as our children are coming of age as young adults, we women are undergoing our own coming-of-age rites and passages. We may be eager for change or have it thrust upon us. Either way, though, we find ourselves put to the test." More an account of a spiritual journey than a physical one, this transformation begins and ends with a home, a life, a marriage. But in its own way, this metamorphosis is as demanding as any trek or pilgrimage to distant lands. MAGICAL JOURNEY explores the belief that even as old identities are outgrown, new ones begin to beckon, inspiring readers to summon enough courage to heed the call. - (Hachette Book Group)
Publishers Weekly Reviews
In this intensely moving tribute to the importance of enjoying every moment of life, Kenison (The Gift of An Ordinary Day), former longtime series editor of The Best American Short Stories, tells a tale inspired by loss and confides what can be gained from it. After a dear friend dies from cancer and her two sons head off to boarding school and college, Kenison is forced to question what remains relevant in her life and how such an introspective examination might portend a change in priorities. Identifying a common and paralyzing fear ("I am so used to doubting my worthiness that the minute I decide to do something, I start convincing myself I'm not up to the job"), she turns to intensive yoga studies, where she learns that "the best antidote to anxiety about the future is to be present in the here and now," and that finding contentment in what one is rather than what one thinks one should be is critical. All of these lessons are put to the test when Kenison herself is diagnosed with cancer. Her journey will inspire tears and determination, and remind readers that anything, "done from the heart, changes the world in some small way for the better." Agent: Steven Lewers. (Jan.)
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