• 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
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 09-23-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (184 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 Frank LaRue Owen on 10-29-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Art on 10-19-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. M. Dillon on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Lucy Giles on 04-17-16


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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