Steering by Starlight

  • by Martha Beck
  • Narrated by Martha Beck
  • 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Described as one of the best-known life coaches in America, in media such as Psychology Today, O columnist Martha Beck has demonstrated a rare gift for helping people who have gone off course to find their way back to authentic, rewarding lives. Now, in Steering by Starlight, Dr. Beck describes the step-by-step process she uses with her private clients to help them find their way back to their "homing instincts" - their true destinies. Bringing together cutting-edge research in psychiatry, neurology, and related fields in an accessible, substantive, original way, Beck offers powerful new methods for solving the problems that beset ordinary people. Using her trademark wisdom, empathy, and engaging style, she connects listeners with personal coping strategies that are not yet widely available as she helps them overcome the alienation that is causing them to lose sight of their own North Star. Dr. Beck identifies three stages along the path to recapturing a satisfying life:
"The stargazer" helps listeners understand why it's so easy to lose themselves and offers strategies for sighting their North Star

"The mapmaker" uses this newly clarified perspective to evaluate one's situation and plot a course for the upcoming years

"The pathfinder" discusses the adventures that may be encountered as one travels along this new life course
Whether it's seeking better relationships, more focused career direction, the achievement of specific fitness goals, or a more harmonious lifestyle, Steering by Starlight's colorful anecdotes, case studies, and exercises will point the way.

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This book is life-changing!

I never thought of myself as a self-help book kind of person. It's true I've bought my share of them, whether through various recommendations during my years of therapy, or out of some misguided hope that the answer to all my problems lay in one of them. If anything, I would have thought of myself as a jaded cynic. I frustrated my therapist with my resistance to "exercises". And then I came across Martha Beck.

I'm not a fan of Oprah. I derided friends of mine who dared recommend "The Secret" to me. I actually first came across an earlier book of Beck's, "Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live", while browsing the self-help/self-development/self-whatever section at Borders. The title of the book was exactly what I was looking for, but even better I was engross in it as soon as I started reading it in the bookstore.

This weekend I had a road trip to take, so I looked Beck up here on Audible and came across this book. I downloaded, and I actually was glad when I got stuck in traffic because I could listen to more of it. The book truly resonated with me, even though--from the new-agey sound of it, I wouldn't have guessed. It is well-grounded, backed by scientific research, skeptical, intuitive, and most importantly self-deprecatingly funny. In a way, the book is not ground-breaking; it sort of validates notions one has suspected all along. But perhaps in precisely that way, it is life-altering. It gives you concrete detailed advice about how to face the most difficult questions in your life, something I did not think possible, especially after digging the annals of philosophy and psychology for quite a few years now in vain.

I will recommend this book to 2 of my best friends, and I hope it will be as valuable to them as it was for me. And if I'd recommend it to some of the dearest people in my life, I'd certainly recommend it to you.
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- Ashraf

Enjoyable book with lots of great tips

Great company on a daily commute or a regular walk, with lots of helpful insights and concrete suggestions for getting centered, taking stock and making changes.

It's not crammed with revolutionary ideas or new concepts, but I have very little patience for gurus who insist their audience throw away everything they know and buy completely into the "one true way according to so-and-so."

I much prefer Martha Beck's style of offering her own perspective on some common issues we all face, suggesting some steps that might help, and readily agreeing that you don't have to swallow everything she says.

A self-deprecating, honest book with a few profanities and a lot of helpful ideas.
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- Kate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-13-2008
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio