True Coming of Age: A Dynamic Process That Leads to Emotional Stability, Spiritual Growth, and Meaningful Relationship

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9780071426817: True Coming of Age: A Dynamic Process That Leads to Emotional Stability, Spiritual Growth, and Meaningful Relationship

Dr. John Chirban has helped countless people learn what it takes to create a genuine life through periods of both hardship and success - to live more openly, honestly, and fully. Now, in his groundbreaking book "True Coming of Age", he shows you how to experience the depth of authentic living as a pathway to experiencing True Coming of Age - a unique emotional and spiritual evolution that will change your life forever. In this provocative and engaging book, Dr. Chirban shares exclusive personal insights from notable Americans including Tom Hanks, Maya Angelou, Sandra Day O'Connor, Ron Howard, and Tom Brokaw. More than individual stories of struggle, achievement, and success, these profiles tap personal concerns that we all share in our quest for both authenticity and meaningful connections.In this journey toward self-knowledge and fulfillment, you'll also discover the four-step process that opens the door to a meaningful life: knowing your true self - as you look honestly at yourself, you will rediscover your innate gifts - spontaneity, reasoning, creativity, free will, spirituality, discernment, and love; opening your heart - in beginning to build fulfilling connections, you will allow your true self to express who you are to yourself and others; embracing your soul - when you feel abandoned or isolated, discover how to bring commitment, focus, and discipline back to your life with the enduring connection that comes from the spirit; and, integrating your life - in bringing together your true self, open heart, and fully embraced soul, you will be able to foster healthy, intimate connectionsAs you explore the personal stories and learn to explore and master the four-step process, you'll begin to understand your authentic nature and engage your innate gifts - igniting your unique evolution and experiencing True Coming of Age. Learn to embrace what life holds for you. "True Coming of Age" features exclusive personal insights from: Maya Angelou, Lucille Ball, Billy Bean, Tom Brokaw, Shirley Chisholm, Eileen Collins, Bette Davis, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, C. Everett Koop, Keith Lockhart, Sandra Day O'Connor, Mary Lou Retton, Diane Sawyer, B.F.Skinner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos. "One of the most difficult things to accomplish is to explain authenticity to someone who has neither the experience nor the inclination to take control of his or her life.""Dr. Chirban has found a way. He has talked with truly remarkable people who live their authenticities and serve as models of greatness in this regard. We can deny our authenticity, distort, or as exemplified, grow into the creative selves we were destined to become. This book is an inspiration to those who realize they do, indeed, have their own authenticity." - Dr. Phil McGraw, No. 1 Bestselling author of "The Ultimate Weight Solution, Self Matters, Relationship Rescue, and Life Strategies". ""True Coming of Age" is a unique and most eloquent statement which helps each of us understand the meaning of spiritual maturity and gain a keener sense of our own responsibility ...Dr. Chirban affirms Universal Truth, Goodness, and Love - which we each possess and must live - and which unites us all." - Archbishop Iakovos, Former Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America.""True Coming of Age" is a masterful and compassionate book of essential guidance for our contemporary spiritual culture. Inspired and passionate about the search for meaning, author John T. Chirban, Ph.D., Th.D., has drawn from years of clinical research as well as heart opening personal experiences to write this text which reads like a porthole into the soul." - Caroline Myss, author of "Sacred Contracts" and "Anatomy of the Spirit". "John Chirban's wise and beautiful book ...goes far beyond the engaging interviews with successful people that form its bones, to flesh out the real nature of success." - Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of "Inner Peace for Busy People".

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  • Authored by a well-respected Harvard professor
  • Provides readers with four major steps to reach true coming of age
  • Filled with interactive and prescriptive exercises
  • Includes interviews with Jay Leno, Ron Howard, Tom Brokaw, Jesse Jackson, Jane Pauley, Maya Angelou, Tom Cruise, and others
  • Features foreword by Tom Hanks
  • Book Description:

    While "coming of age" refers to the turning point at which we are given greater responsibilities and expected to take charge of our lives, "true coming of age" is a transforming process that helps us live a genuine life, the most meaningful way to live. True coming of age is characterized by a readiness to navigate the struggles we all come to know--whether as life-altering crises or ever-returning problems of discontent. To overcome them, we must manifest our most inner core, our true self.

    Our true self guides our heart and our soul in a dynamic relationship that affects all aspects of our life. This dynamic allows us to discover our purpose. By discovering our purpose, we can and we will achieve wholeness, centeredness, and clarity. From everyday men and women to notable Americans, including Tom Brokaw, Ron Howard, Tom Cruise, Sandra Day O'Connor and more, Dr. Chirban has helped others learn what it takes to create a genuine life, through periods of both hardship and success. The successful life secrets of famous people are featured throughout the book.

    True Coming of Age is comprised of four parts. Each part explores one of the four major steps that are integral aspects of true coming of age:

    • Knowing Your True Self--helps us assess the degree to which we are, or are not, connected to the true self and how we can reconnect to it
    • Opening Your Heart--we learn to harness our intrinsic gifts and to improve our relationships
    • Embracing Your Soul--helps us create clear commitments that bring a concrete realization of our values
    • Integrating Your Life--allows us to know and understand the simple and direct connections amongst our self, heart, and soul

    By entering within and discovering, accepting, and taking responsibility for our true self, we ignite the process of our unique emotional and spiritual evolution and experience our own true coming of age.

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