Remarkable Changes: Turning Life?s Challenges into Opportunities

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9780060087487: Remarkable Changes: Turning Life?s Challenges into Opportunities

In this inspiring memoir, internationally beloved actress Jane Seymour shows how she has learned to embrace and learn from the many changes in her life

Now fifty, Jane Seymour––the eternally beautiful star of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and countless other television shows and films––is a living testament to the rewards of embracing midlife and its challenges eagerly and gracefully.

In Remarkable Changes, she leads the reader through the challenges of those years––from the physical changes that come with the territory to the emotional transformations that accompany this passage of life.

From understanding the stages of change, to making every moment significant, she helps us find the true value in our life transitions, from marriage and divorce to career changes to milestones in the lives of our parents and children. Whether we initiate change in our life or it is thrust upon us by circumstances beyond our control, Jane shows that we should stop coping with change and start actively incorporating it into our lives, using the hard–won wisdom we? all gained through the years.

Holding up as an example her own life and the lives of those closest to her, Seymour empowers us to accept life shifts and teaches us how to take even the toughest situations and turn them into strengthening tools. She talks about her own experiences with divorce and remarriage, children and stepchildren, and her new twin boys, and she describes her indomitable mother's difficult years in a World War II prison camp in Indonesia. Her best friend faced her own challenges when learning to understand her son's mental illness, and another friend started a grief recovery organization when his wife and son were murdered.

We all need to face the beginnings and endings that make up our constantly changing lives. And this warm, inspiring book shows that we can all learn how to make each change remarkable.

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Jane Seymour is an acclaimed actress with more than 50 motion pictures and television programs to her credit. She is the author of Jane Seymour's Guide to Romantic Living and Two at a Time. In addition to her constant film and television work, Jane paints in watercolor and oil, and she exhibits and sells her work around the country. She also has her own clothing line featuring fabrics based on her paintings; her clothes are sold in the Crossing Pointe catalog. She lives with her husband, James Keach, and their children in Malibu, CA.

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Self-help books rarely tell us anything we don't already know, but sometimes they manage to restate the obvious in a way that is, well . . . helpful. So it is with actress Seymour's advice on making the most of change. It's hardly a new subject; in fact, the personal-growth industry has been living off change for years. Had any of us saved the handouts we've received from the last few "Change in the Workplace" seminars we've been forced to attend, it's very likely we could find most of Seymour's wise words buried in there somewhere: "Get comfortable in order to let go"; "Take an honest look at yourself"; "Adversity can produce great change." Sound familiar? Fortunately, Seymour proves a more engaging counselor than your garden-variety business consultant. She builds her commonsensical advice into a sort of autobiography, which she supplements with anecdotes about how her friends grew from their travails. Throughout, she maintains a chatty, comfortable tone that draws readers into the story and makes the advice seem less prefabricated. Seymour has had plenty of opportunity to test her commitment to change, and her fans will be most interested in hearing the details behind the actress' divorces, financial setbacks, and near-death encounters, including complications during the birth of twins when she was 45. Expect interest in the book to be accelerated when Seymour tries out her ideas on Oprah's ever-needful studio audience. Ilene Cooper
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