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  • From Strength to Strength

  • Finding Success, Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life
  • Written by: Arthur C. Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur C. Brooks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Written by: Arthur C. Brooks
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Publisher's 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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If you are over 50,look no further .....

What a book should be. it encapsulates the life observations,best experiences of top thinkers, empirical studies and the spiritual inputs from different cultures to give you a perspective which resonates instantly. As if someone is telling your story. If you are 50 plus and wondering what the life's journey was all about, go grap a copy or listen to it. Kudos Arthur🙏🙏

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Narration is excellent.

Worth listening to it. Important concept explained in an interesting way. Good job.

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  • Mike Roscoe
  • 11-01-23

I loved this book.

This is a wonderful book to work through as you get older. it's on my list to re read.

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  • Brett Lederle
  • 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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-22

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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  • Danny
  • 27-10-22

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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  • T. J. Van Weele
  • 09-04-22

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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  • Tom
  • 15-05-22

Nothing new

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

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  • Eugene Oconnell
  • 17-09-22

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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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  • Selma
  • 21-08-22

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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  • Marcus
  • 20-01-23

Decent book

Interesting but not amazing. I did enjoy the stoic thinking that went into it though.

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  • Dr RE Hodgson
  • 23-12-22

Life changing

Personally I am at a forced transition in my career due to stroke that makes it impossible for me to function in my highly skilled profession. There are peripheral roles but substantially less well imbursed. This book has given me the motivation to think & move more widely & laterally. Thoughts of suicide are now firmly behind me. I cannot express my thanks too deeply

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  • LC
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-22

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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  • Jan Saunders
  • 30-01-23

Slow Start but worth it!!!

I found the start of this book… Probably the first 3rd to be honest, quite depressing, and seemed to be labouring a point.

But the second half was wonderful, and I took away much from it. Having experienced a lot, of what was spoken about, 10 years ago, at 50, and now living my happiest, most fulfilled and purposeful life I do recognise myself in these words, and am also excited and open to what evolves in the next few decades. I’m sure to listen to the latter chapters again!

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  • Craig L
  • 23-01-23

A change in paradigm

Arthur C. Brooks has provided a paradigm shift towards the way I think about my career and the future. I'm more at peace with the next steps and how I will finish my time being of service to others in my career. Oh, I turned 50 last year, so I was anxious about the future. After listening to Strength to Strength, life is good again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-23

Great book, loved it.

Loved this. I’m a 46 year old and came across this book via a mentor who suggested I read it. I can say it was perfect timing for me. I can identify with the mid-life decline and truly appreciate the effort that the author has gone to to research and understand this poignant transitional period. I can only hope I have the same patience and determination to hit my second curve!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-23

Thought Provoking

My partner and I listened to this together, a great conversation starter! We look forward to JUMPING into the second part of our lives and will use the things we invest in, love and embrace the people we value and find solitude in long walks of gratitude.

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  • Scott turner
  • 17-12-22

A mishmash of messages

A disappointing book. The message of this book feels confused, unless you want a religious lecture.

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  • Management consultant
  • 30-10-22

Don’t miss out

Don’t miss out on the wisdom in this book if you are to find contentment as you age

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  • Eleni McGinty
  • 08-08-22

Seven words at the end

Best summary I’ve ever read in 7 words! I’m sure that I’ll listen again . We all get to that point in life and this book gives us tools and thought processes to navigate our transition in middle age. Its relatable and feels true. I never imagined that this was even a ‘thing’ , thanks Arthur for sharing your research and wisdom. I want to pass it on too. Love.

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  • Moose
  • 26-06-22

Boring and uninspiring

I felt this book never got out the starting blocks. Repetitive, monotonous, and a bit boring. Git 3/4 of the way through hoping it would improve. Couldn’t bother finishing it…

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  • Olivia Rinato
  • 27-04-22

Good stories and solid research

Loved the stories, simplicity and strength of the research. An essential read for anyone in a life transition!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-22

Never achieved its potential

sorry to say I was waiting for some enlightenment but it never comes with the opening and closing passages feeling as though the bit in the middle was just ramblings from an idealist with no knowledge of the real world