Ahhh ... Change.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 09/22/2008
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Fall, 2008 Source Volume: 11 Source Issue: 3
Topic: NamedWork: Ahhh ... Change (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Manus, Michaelene
Accession Number: 187049625
Full Text: Ahhh ... Change

By Michaelene Manus, PhD

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Author Michaelene Manus describes her book, Ahhh ... Change, as a guide for women undergoing the journey of transformation. Tailored for the female gender, Manus's collection of quotes, inspirational passages, and brief history lessons even offers a question portion designed for personal reflection.

The first of the five sections focuses on an introduction to change, or transformation. Manus describes the ingredients for successful change as she tells readers to trust themselves as well as the process. Motivation, patience, and collaboration are also explored in this first step to change. Manus reassures readers that the experience of change is a unique process. No two individuals will change exactly the same way. The very process of engaging in change provides you with the opportunity to be creative, to re-create yourself. Later sections consider how to awaken the spirit, nourish the body, honor the body, and understand the body from a different perspective.

Written in a conversational tone, Manus addresses readers informally while she points out the obvious--and sometimes not so obvious--intricacies of womanhood. The book's untraditional organizational style allows individuals to start at the beginning, middle, or end. Ahhh ... Change is ideal for women of any age as it tackles issues that are relevant throughout various years. Readers will find that once they read the book, they are not only equipped with the tools for transformation, but they are empowered and ready to face life's challenges as they present themselves.

Michaelene Manus, PhD, is a trained psychotherapist, lifestyle coach, author, and educator. As the Director of the Behavioral Program at the Pritikin Longevity Center, Dr. Manus continues to educate men and women on the importance of making healthy lifestyle changes in their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies.
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