True Coming of Age : A dynamic process that leads to emotional stability, spiritual growth, and meaningful relationships

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9780071426817: True Coming of Age : A dynamic process that leads to emotional stability, spiritual growth, and meaningful relationships

RECONNECT WITH THE PERSON YOU'RE MEANT TO BE

A four-step process that opens the door to a meaningful life...

Life's authentic moments provide the groundwork for connection to ourselves, others, and God, allowing us to assess what is most important in our lives and uncover the True Self. Such moments of clarity often result from crises, such as illness or loss, that awaken us to what is truly valuable. How can this be achieved in everyday living? Dr. John Chirban helps us assess the degree to which we are, or are not, connected to the True Self-- and shows us how we can reconnect. From everyday men and women to notable Americans, including Tom Brokaw, Ron Howard, Maya Angelou, and Sandra Day O'Connor, the stories featured in this book underscore Dr. Chirban's message of the costs of losing the True Self, as well as the rewards of opening the heart to oneself and others. Dr. Chirban also offers an examination of the seven intrinsic qualities of the True Self:

  • Spontaneity
  • Reasoning
  • Creativity
  • Free Will
  • Spirituality
  • Discernment
  • Love

By exploring these qualities and through the exclusive personal stories found in True Coming of Age, readers will begin to explore their authentic nature and to engage their innate gifts, igniting their unique evolution and experiencing a true coming of age.

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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.
  • Integrating Your Life--In bringing together your True Self, open heart, and fully embraced soul, you will be able to foster healthy, intimate connections.

As 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 gifts­­igniting 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
  • 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, #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

About the Author:

John T. Chirban, Ph.D., Th.D., serves as a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and as a psychologist at The Cambridge Health Alliance, and he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. He is also professor of psychology and chairman of the Department of Human Development at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology.

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