The Woman's Field Guide to Exceptional Living:
Practical Steps to living a Big, Bold, Beautiful Life

by Corrie Woods

Morgan James, 2008. ISBN 978-1-60037-395-4.
Reviewed by Sharon Blumberg
Posted on 06/30/2008

Nonfiction: Body Language; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration

Corrie Woods wrote this book to honor the advice of her late grandfather: "One remarkable day, a few precious words he shared changed my life. As he held my hand, he smiled and said, 'Corrie, I have lived a great life. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing." These last words convinced Woods not to waste another minute having any regrets, and led her to write this book.

The book is devided into three sections: "Setting Your Inner Compass to Yes;" "Trailblazing the Experience;" and "Navigational Tools For Your Journey." Within each chapter are field notes that give advice for exceptional living. For example: "Banish the Bullies, each time you notice one pop up, transform your language!" The chapter titled "A Bold New Woman" deals with how to break away from a set routine. Woods suggest that one start with small steps to get outside one's comfort zone. Take some risks, such as signing up for a class or trying a new sport.

Woods gives us food for thought regarding opportunities that invite celebrations. In addition to typical ones such as birthdays or anniversaries, celebrate other milestones. These could be completing a major project, enjoying the first bloom of spring, or making an interesting new friend.

The activities the author suggests are numerous. Imagine having a framework on how to clear the clutter in your home. You might be surprised at what a difference it can make to your health and self-esteem. I know I could benefit from such a change.

This book may help you escape the daily grind and stress of your job or environment. Any chapter will guide you through a potentially life-changing adventure.

Corrie Woods is an author, speaker, professional life coach, and woman's retreat leader. She lives in North Carolina. Visit her web site.

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