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  • From Strength to Strength

  • Finding Success, Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life
  • By: Arthur C. Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur C. Brooks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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By: Arthur C. Brooks
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Summary

Bloomsbury presents From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks, read by Arthur C. Brooks.

From the best-selling author and columnist behind The Atlantic’s popular How to Build a Life series, a guide to transforming the life changes we fear into a source of strength.

In the first half of life, ambitious strivers embrace a simple formula for success in work and life: focus single-mindedly, work tirelessly, sacrifice personally and climb the ladder relentlessly.

It works. Until it doesn’t.

It turns out the second half of life is governed by different rules. In middle age, many strivers begin to find success coming harder and harder, rewards less satisfying and family relationships withering. In response, they do what strivers always do: they double down on work in an attempt to outrun decline and weakness, and deny the changes that are becoming more and more obvious. The result is often anger, fear and disappointment at a time in life that they imagined would be full of joy, fulfilment and pride.

It doesn’t have to be that way. In From Strength to Strength, happiness expert and best-selling author Arthur C. Brooks reveals a path to beating the “striver’s curse”. Drawing on science, classical philosophy, theology- and history, he shares counterintuitive strategies for releasing old habits and forming new life practises, showing you how to:

  • Kick the habits of workaholism, success addiction and self-objectification
  • Meditate on death - in order to beat fear and live well
  • Start a spiritual adventure
  • Embrace weakness in a way that turns it into strength

Change in your life is inevitable, but suffering is not. From Strength to Strength shows you how to accept the gifts of the second half of life with grace, joy and ever deepening purpose.

©2022 Arthur C. Brooks (P)2022 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic reviews

"In this book, Arthur C. Brooks helps people find greater happiness as they age and change." (The Dalai Lama)

"Arthur Brooks is one of my very favorite thinkers. Witty, wise and insatiably curious, he is one of the few intellectuals who can reliably weave scientific research and everyday observations into what we all really need: succinct advice for a good life." (Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab and author of Grit)

"From Strength to Strength offers real answers to timeless questions about happiness and progress: how can I be happier? How can I have more meaning in life? What is the most important thing to me right now and why?" (Eric Schmidt, former chairman and CEO of Google)

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Too much religion

Arthur is a religious guy, and it shines throught quite often, but becomes annoying towards the end. If that is not your cup of tea, look elsewhere.
Other than that, I found the book quite boring.

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Oh no - it turns into a religious sales brochure

Started well, like the concept, don't need the religious sales pitch, aaaaaggghhh! For an intellectual its a surprising twist to what would otherwise be a good book. A little too "American self-help" in places but v interesting as it pulls together research on happiness in the second stage of life. I'm at the practical, skeptical end of self-help books, granted, but I'm left disappointed, NO I DON'T NEED RELIGION IN MY LIFE!!

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Just excelent

I am 85 but still looking what I can learn. I need to listen a second time but that is at my age no problem! I have regrets as well as seeing the blessings of my past life. I still have a future ahead in „ loving the divine „

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Nothing new

Disappointing. Obvious well known ideas presented as novel. Much better books available on this topic.

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Must read/listen book not only in the 2nd part of life

Arthur puts the most important topics in later life together and make the listener feel quite hopeful and humble towards transitioning stages in life. Being at the age of 47 and having achieved all what I always wanted led me to the question “What Now?” I thought it can get only worse - definitely not better from now onwards. Listening to Arthur’s book made me realise that transitions are inevitable and with faith and love there are no boundaries. Now it’s time to find deeper meaning in everything I do and free myself from superficial things.

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  • 09-11-22

Worth listening to - thought provoking

I found this to be an enjoyable and thought-provoking book. It focused my attention on the subject and got me thinking, as well as giving some useful real world examples and actionable advice.

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Can be read at any stage in your life

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I highly recommend that people in their first half read this book to start learning what is important from early on and go into the second half knowing that an adaptation is required.

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Starts well but like all religious people he can’t help bringing in his imaginary friend over and over again. Disappointing

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Eulogy virtues 🤔

Aside from the unnecessary faith aspects, this is insightful and practical. Personally timeous. Of particular poignance is to be honest about eulogy virtues - not that you’ll be here but what would you like to hear about your life.

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Your ticket to real freedom is in here

A well argued theory for the route to happiness when we let go of alpha behaviours and embrace our life experiences as a tool for insight and support of others. Bravo

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  • 20-07-22

Insights and Life strategy galore

I am not a typical striver, but someone who takes personal development seriously.
I loved this book, and will use it's wisdom and advice forever...

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  • mcleansibanda
  • 26-05-22

The man on the plane

The man in the plane storyline. This is an important book of understanding life transitions and embracing them. Very well written and highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-22

Thank You

Thank you to Arthur C Brooks, the Man on the Plane and Simon Sinek