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Waking Up in Winter

In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife

About the Book

Internationally recognized coach and New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Richardson has toured the world empowering others to make lasting change.  But when Richardson’s own life no longer worked as it once had, a persistent, inner voice offered unmistakable guidance: it was time to reevaluate her life to uncover what really mattered.

Waking Up in Winter is the candid and revelatory account of how at midlife, Richardson found renewed contentment and purpose through a heroic, inward journey. The unfolding story, told through intimate journal entries, follows Richardson from the first, gentle nudges of change to a thoughtfully reimagined life – a soulful, spring awakening.

With an experienced coach’s intuition and an artist’s eye, Richardson reexamines everything – her marriage, her work, her friendships, and her priorities – gracefully shedding parts of the self that no longer serve along the way.

In the end, she not only discovers what really matters at midlife, she invites readers to join her in the inquiry process by providing thought-provoking questions designed to usher them through their own season of transformation. 

Offering up Richardson’s most powerful teaching tool yet – her own life – Waking Up in Winter takes readers on a brave, spiritual adventure that shows us all how to live a more authentic and meaningful life.

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Critical Praise

“...an outbreath of a book filled with vulnerability, insight, and power. Cheryl’s unwavering wisdom and clarity throughout is beguiling and inspiring. Written with heart and humor, this is a powerful and brave next step for Cheryl as a writer and a woman.” —Alanis Morissette

Waking up in Winter is a  precious book. Lyrical. Comforting. Honest and inviting. Like a warm bath at twilight after a bracing autumn walk in the woods.”  —Christiane Northrup, MD, NY Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age

...an honest account of what happens when a woman reaches midlife and starts questioning everything--her marriage, her friendships, her work, and herself. A memoir in journal form, this book tells the story of what happens when we slow down long enough to listen to our lives.”   —Iyanla Vanzant

“This book is pure gold! I saw so many aspects of my own journey, triumphs and struggles. In these soulful pages, Cheryl explores how she began to listen to her life in order to live and love it fully. Now it’s our turn.” —Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author

“Waking Up in Winter lets us witness that rare, authentic voice that can only be found by turning inward, by daring to meet with its truth, and by allowing it to transformus through the life-changing clarity of seeing at last what makes us come more alive.” —Meggan Watterson, author of Reveal: A Sacrad Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked

“Part parable, part old-fashioned storytelling, she cuts through a year of her life with a surgeon’s scalpel...Sometimes funny, often self-effacing, this is a clear-eyed, lyrical tale of transformation” —Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062681669
  • ISBN 10: 0062681664
  • Imprint: HarperOne
  • On Sale: 12/19/2017
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: 33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: SELF-HELP / General
  • BISAC2: SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General
  • BISAC3: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / Mid-Life

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