• Through the Dark Wood

  • Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life
  • By: James Hollis PhD
  • Narrated by: James Hollis PhD
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 09-23-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (212 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By pmuarramuassa on 05-04-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By George Hamilton on 04-01-18

Excellent.

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

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By Lucy Giles on 04-17-16

Gem

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr B on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 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.

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