Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

by Mary Pipher

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Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for all women approaching 60 and beyond 60. Ms. Pipher's book about aging hits the mark. There are some things I don't agree with her but she does touch upon many issues that women experience as they age. I especially liked the chapters in Travel Skills. Easy to read and not overly analyzing. The book would be a good women's book club. Though the women need to be open minded in their discussions.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher is a highly recommended examination of the issues facing aging women. Pipher tackles the cultural, personal, social, and developmental issues and challenges women face as they age and explores ways women can cultivate happiness through their responses. She shares stories from women in a variety of circumstances, backgrounds, and economic circumstances, and demonstrates how their struggles result in them becoming authentic, empathetic, and wise people. The summary of her encouraging advice is that happiness is a choice and skill set you can develop as you live a life of authenticity, gratitude, and adapting In Women Rowing North Pipher doesn't shy away from the problems older women face, including health issues, ageism, loneliness, misogyny, lookism, caregiving, and loss. She notes that: "Old women in America suffer a social disease. For us, ageism may be an even more serious challenge than aging." She offers practical advice and suggestions as she shares the stories of the various women interviewed and featured along with her own personal journey in the book. She purposes that: "One of the great gifts of our later years is the possibility of authenticity....which comes from growing out of fears into wholeness." She divides the book into three sections. The first section deals with the challenges that may face aging women. The second discusses the skills women need to navigate aging, with the ability to adapt being pivotal. The third section discusses the importance of relationships. Pipher realistically points out that, "We do not need to like all of our family members. Who does? Especially as we get older, we can select the people who we want to consider as family....No matter what our families are like or how difficult people are to get along with, we can almost always find at least one person to love." Pipher has a calm, affirming writing style and this book should have a wide appeal to women approaching or in their sixties and beyond. While her advice won't apply to every aging woman, it does provide a platform for individuals to chart their own course, set boundaries, confront obstacles, and make their way through this time of life. "We can set priorities and separate the essential from the nonessential. We can ask, 'Am I spending my time in accordance with my values?'... Each of us has the freedom to decide what is essential." Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Bloomsbury
Anonymous 17 days ago
Easy read , enjoyable and honest.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very helpful book that is full of good suggestions to help with some issues unique to older women. I bought two copies; I'm keeping one and giving one to my sister who is in her early 60s. I would highly recommend it.