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Book Title: Steering by Starlight: How to Fulfil Your Destiny, No Matter What. Martha Beck|
The author of the book: Martha N. Beck
Date of issue: October 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9780749929312
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 17.24 MB
Edition: Piatkus Books
Read full description of the books Steering by Starlight: How to Fulfil Your Destiny, No Matter What. Martha Beck:I'm not much for “self-help.” It's not my passion; because of this, I rarely buy into it. If the girl on the cover really knows what it takes to be a millionaire, why isn't she one? And if that guy is truly happy, why does he hide behind the face of an action figure? Wait, that isn't plastic, that is his face!!! All kidding aside, it's just not my thing. Enter Martha Beck.
Martha Beck has come with high recommendations for years. Her angle, paraphrased: “You probably aren't doing what you want to do in life... why the hell not?” She doesn't tell you what it is you want to do, or how to do it; rather, her method allows for self-discovery. It's a message I like, and one that I, along with everyone I know, struggle with.
I don't know how to rate a self-help book and I'm not going to try. Was it helpful? Maybe. I'll let you know in a year (or five, ten...). Did it change my outlook? Certainly. Beck knows her stuff. No exaggeration, I was going through the steps Beck said I would go through before she said I would. The day following life changing circumstances, I read how the process has begun and how changes were around the corner. Hours after I woke from a vivid dream, heavy in symbolism, I found myself reading about how my dreams would reveal my purpose. Her method for decoding dreams was unique, but so much more logical than other methods. Will I take her advice? I'm going to try to as much as I can. I cannot throw caution completely to the wind, jumping from the ledge of my life and hoping to land in that traveling circus I've had my eyes on, but I'm going do what I can to move in that direction as quickly as possible. And I'm not going to be overly cautious either; I will walk along that edge until the moment I see a tent or an elephant below me, then I'll jump and just hope it all works out. So, yes, I buy into it.
Did I enjoy the read? Not really. Beck ensures the reader that all the examples used are true, but I couldn't help but wonder if some were exaggerated a wee bit (or of gargantuan proportions). Beck tries to be funny and, well, honestly, she's just not funny to me. (Sorry, Martha.) She's also conscious of not bogging down the book with too much jargon, but it felt like too much to me. In the end, it was still a self-help book.
Final Verdict: Insightful? Yes. Helpful? Possibly. Enjoyable? Not really.
Read information about the authorI grew up wanting to be an ecologist or a professor. However, after bearing three children while acquiring three Harvard degrees, I decided I’d rather just lie down for a few decades. During that time I became an author and life coach. My books include Expecting Adam, Leaving the Saints, Finding Your Own North Star, The Joy Diet, Steering By Starlight, Finding Your Way in Wild New World, and The Martha Beck Collection: Essays for Creating Your Right Life, Volume 1. My most recent book, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening, is part of a new trilogy I'm calling The Bewilderment Chronicles and it will be released in the spring of 2016. I’ve been a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine since its inception in 2001.
As president of my company, Martha Beck, Inc., I continue to speak around the world, as well as offer virtual teleclasses and in-person workshops a few times a year, primarily at my ranch on the Central Coast of California, where I live with my partner, Karen, and my son, Adam. I also train life coaches worldwide with my life coach training program.
When not covering myself in bird seed and sitting outside in nature, I am painting or writing book 2 of The Bewilderment Chronicles.
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