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Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment
by Katrina Kenison

Published: 2013-01-08
Hardcover : 288 pages
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"No longer indispensable, no longer assured of our old carefully crafted identities, no longer beautiful in the way we were at twenty or thirty or forty, we are hungry and searching nonetheless."

From the author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day, this intimate memoir of loss, self-discovery, ...
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"No longer indispensable, no longer assured of our old carefully crafted identities, no longer beautiful in the way we were at twenty or thirty or forty, we are hungry and searching nonetheless."

From the author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day, this intimate memoir of loss, self-discovery, and growth will resonate deeply with any woman who has ever mourned the passage of time, questioned her own purpose, or wondered, "Do I have what it takes to create something new in my life?"

With the candor and warmth that have endeared her to readers, Kenison reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, children leaving home, recognition of her own physical vulnerability, and surprising shifts in her marriage. She finds solace in the notion that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for growth as old roles and responsibilities fall away, and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon.

More a spiritual journey than a physical one, Kenison's beautifully crafted exploration begins and ends with a home, a life, a marriage. But this metamorphosis proves as demanding as any trek or pilgrimage to distant lands-it will guide and inspire every woman who finds herself asking "What now?"

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Mostly, we play Banana.

It is the last week of July, a stretch of hot, sunny, high-summer weather, and my son and I have six schools to visit in six days, strung from the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont to the southwestern corner of Massachusetts. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. Katrina admits that for many years she found her sense of purpose in the roles she was expected to fulfill: married woman, mother, writer, editor, home-maker. After her younger son leaves home, she feels unmoored and reveals, “Now I suspect I didn’t know who I was, so much as where I needed to be at any given moment and what I needed to be doing.”

Where do you find your sense of purpose? Have changes in your life or circumstances ever shaken your sense of self?

2. “It’s so easy to overlook the wonder of life until something threatens to snatch it from us. How willingly we sacrifice the days of our lives to trivial distractions—silly computer games, unnecessary errands, useless worry.”

Do you agree? How do you remind yourself to pay attention to the wonder of life? Have you ever received a “wake-up call” that jolted you into deeper awareness? What was it?

3. “A good life is always partly a matter of luck, but it is also a choice we make for ourselves – a choice of deliberation, attention, creativity, limits. A choice predicated on this belief: I am worthy.”

How do you define a good life? After years of caring for children, meeting the demands of jobs, tending to marriages and colleagues and friends, how difficult is it for us to switch gears and begin to attend more closely to our own needs as well? Are you able to say, “I am worthy” -- and to make choices that meet your own needs?

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by semcg (see profile) 01/27/14

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Vision Boarding...start your own journey
by semcg (see profile) 01/27/14
the host could provide each member with a journal...to inspire each member to start their own journey. vision boarding would also be a great activity!

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  "Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment"by Miracles (see profile) 02/03/14

Magical Journey provided me with a respite from the bustling, and often frenetic, pace of daily life, allowing me to exhale and remember how quickly time passes. Bittersweet, nostalgic and hopeful...a... (read more)

  "Love"by amyk293 (see profile) 01/31/14

I picked up Katrina's book at the library and found myself feeling as if she knew me. So many moments I knew that she understood this time in our life. I am heading out tomorrow to buy my own copy.

  "Magical beautiful book!"by terrilynwatson (see profile) 01/29/14

This book echoed the sentiments of my heart! Katrina’s voice excels with insight into the thoughts and feelings of women whose children have left the nest and are beginning a new journey of identity.... (read more)

  "A conversation with a wise friend"by Jsmdpt (see profile) 01/27/14

My dog eared copy of this book sits beside my bed for frequent re-reading and has been a trusted companion on my own journey. Katrina Kenison shares her experiences and the lessons learned from them in... (read more)

  "Like talking to that experienced mom friend you have..."by semcg (see profile) 01/27/14

This book, as all of Katrina Kenison's books, is like talking to that experienced, wiser, and full of advice friend who is just a few steps ahead of you on your parenting journey. I treasured this book... (read more)

  "Beautiful and Relevant"by hlcalma (see profile) 01/26/14

Though I am not experiencing the same life challenges that Katrina writes so beautifully about (I am still in the midst of young children, soccer games, basketball practices, and preschool.)... (read more)

  "Magical Journey"by AmyVE (see profile) 01/26/14

This heartfelt, candid, soulfully written memoir contains a veritable gold mine of universal wisdom, beauty, and truth. Katrina Kenison gently articulates the deep questions we ask ourselves as we grow... (read more)

  "A Book to Treasure"by Becca_Rowan (see profile) 01/26/14

Kenison’s writing was like balm for my soul. I’ve never dog-eared so many pages in a book before – there was something on every page that spoke directly to my heart.

I keep a cop

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  "Magical Journey"by lynne32 (see profile) 01/26/14

A thought provoking and heartfelt account of facing the challenges and opportunities that a changing life brings. This book is honest and inspiring and leaves you feeling that you are not alone. I would... (read more)

  "Beautiful midlife memoir"by pattiipitch (see profile) 01/26/14

A welcome midlife read. Wise and thoughtful, it was a beautiful book to read as my last child went off to college.

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