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Are you curious about spoon-bending, energy healing, communication with dead people, and the Big Picture of life? You're certainly not alone. This humorous, sassy and oh-so-honest memoir brings you along on a string of compelling adventures, ideologies and introspective moments in hot pursuit of magic, miracles, healing, love, and a deeper grasp of the metaphysical natureAre you curious about spoon-bending, energy healing, communication with dead people, and the Big Picture of life? You're certainly not alone. This humorous, sassy and oh-so-honest memoir brings you along on a string of compelling adventures, ideologies and introspective moments in hot pursuit of magic, miracles, healing, love, and a deeper grasp of the metaphysical nature of our reality. In a delightfully unique style akin to "confessional reporting," Debbianne shares with you her revelations and keen insights into human behavior as you meet colorful characters and occasional charlatans. She sorts out the wheat from the chaff, both within herself and in the wacky New Age world she's romping through, emerging clear-headed and self-empowered with inspiration to spare. "Never preachy, DeRose gives voice to many of the same concerns other mid-lifers may be too afraid to admit...and quickly diffuses any fear with her wacky humor." —Reader Views "She has exactly the right balance of skepticism and open-mindedness to make the writing have universal appeal, however much the reader personally believes in all that woo." —Madhouse Reviews -"Plenty of humor... and plenty to ponder." —Midwest Book Review...

Title : What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation
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ISBN : 9780615526195
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 252 Pages
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What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation Reviews

  • Debbianne DeRose
    2019-02-27 07:14

    Check out the Amazon reviews: you get out of this book all depends on where you're at personally. It's like a parfait: plunge into the deeper layers, or skim the sweet stuff off the top, but bring your sense of humor either way. Especially appealing to the "woo-curious" amongst us, or anyone who thinks they might be having a midlife crisis of their own. CAUTION: rigid belief systems may cause squirming.

  • Melissa T
    2019-03-17 08:18

    This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings on November 21, 2012.Let me start out by saying that this book is absolutely fantastic. It's funny, full of information, and the authors' wit and personality permeate this entire book and will make you laugh out loud.When I first saw this book, I immediately knew I wanted to read it. The title grabbed me first, it's just catchy, and makes you wonder. Then there's the cover. It's got awesome shades of purple-ish blue and stars on it, two of my favorites. So, when Debbianne DeRose emailed me to ask if I would review this book I immediately said yes. I'm so very glad I did!One of the big focuses of this book is the authors' experiences with a lot of different approaches to energy work and self healing. To some, this might sound like it would be drab or boring or out there, but I promise you, it's not. (Well, some of it is a little out there, but it all depends on your personal beliefs.) There's a little bit of everything. It gives you a wide scope of a lot of different energy working techniques and self improvement information. That's one of the things that I immediately loved about this book.Yes, there is a lot of information, but it's told with a lot of humor and real life experience mixed in, so it's not drab, or dry. It's all explored in a fun way, and not overly technical. The different methodologies are explained through the author relating her own experiences with each of these different energy/healing techniques, rather than only presenting the technical aspects of it which can really bog down a book. I personally really enjoy books that are written in this more lighthearted way because they are easier to relate to, they feel really natural. The other thing that I enjoyed is that the author is not out to proselytize anyone. She's only trying to explain how these different modalities can work (or in some cases not work) She doesn't take any of these extremely seriously and is very open minded I didn't sense any particular bias or preference for a certain methodology, they are all given equal time, though, as anyone would, you can tell there are certain methods she prefers over others. You can tell that right off the bat being that the name of the 2nd chapter is "One Way Ticket To Woo-landia" The play on words lies on the fact that a lot of people call energy healing/energy work "woo-woo stuff" or "new agey" ( I'm adopting the same stance as the author here and pointing out that I'm NOT trying to use the term "woo-woo" in any way that could be construed as offensive, rather just as a generalization that other people sometimes use in regards to this subject matter.) These kinds of witty plays on words and humor are sprinkled throughout the book. For example,"Clairvoyance literally means "clear-seeing," which might imply that any optician's office would qualify as a clairvoyant training center. But since modern society, for the most part, has decided that auras are invisible or even imaginary, the "seeing" and the "see-ers" are largely relegated to the realm of weirdness at best, crackpotdom at worst." (DeRose, 13) That's only a tiny snippet of the humor that you will find in this book.There are several different techniques that are mentioned in this book. The author tries her hand at learning to see auras, hypnotherapy, tarot readings, Matrix Energetics, EFT, and bending spoons, among many other things.Some of these, I've encountered before in other readings, most recently I read about EFT when I read "Stop Eating Your Heart Out by Meryl Hershey Beck. There were a lot of the technical aspects of this technique in that book. Here in What I Did on My Midlife Crisis Vacation it was more about the experience with the technique itself.In some ways I think that you may have to be more open minded/receptive to these techniques and modalities of energy work to fully appreciate the book and what the author is trying to show through exploring all of these. Even if you're not sure about any of the subject matter though, I promise that you will be able to appreciate it and laugh along. I found myself cracking up and smirking at sarcastic points all throughout the book. Ultimately you may even find a technique you want to try out.With all the different perspectives and insights the author points out along the course of the book I know that there are certain things that I want to try for myself. This book really made me think about things in different ways. I'm still thinking about the topics discussed, days after reading the book.One really neat thing that I wanted to point out is this: Have you ever heard someone say to a writer (or anyone) "You write the way that you talk?" I think the same is true of Debbianne DeRose. Even though I have only had email exchanges with her, she kept up the same "voice" within our exchanges and you can also hear it come through in the narration for the book trailer for What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation" This fact makes the book feel all that more genuine, because you can really tell it is the author relating her experiences, not trying to put on a different "voice" to write in. Also, Debbianne was willing to discuss some questions I had after reading the book which really helped me to connect with it even more and think about some of the concepts I read about in new ways.I'm still thinking about the issues in this book, even now, and this is definitely one I will be reading again.I learned a lot about myself and the kind of work I want to do to improve some situations in my life and this book definitely gives me plenty of options for working on these things. I'd recommend this for anyone who wants an open-minded look at energy work/energy healing. *The author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  • Helen Baggott
    2019-02-27 02:19

    By definition, a memoir is always going to be a little self-indulgent. But what I enjoyed about Debbianne’s book is the way she sets about telling her story like a friend updates you after an extended break. You get the whole saga – good, bad and warts and all. What friends always do, as Debbianne does, is balance the story with commonsense and humour – bucket loads of it.To begin with, her hyper writing left me breathless and I fought to keep up, but once in her groove I was at her shoulder, flexing with her energetic prose. A big question mark seemed to hang over Debbianne – she sought the answers through some honest and hysterical means, mostly spiritual. Some worked, some didn’t – most just moved her on to another American town and more questions.And that’s the key – she’s definitely a free spirit and the constraints of any structured studying were clearly at odds with her sparky personality. Debbianne’s quest to become a clairvoyant, to experience life-changing moments of spirituality, was fascinating to read. But I concluded that her life itself is the big experience. The author has lived through some difficult periods and come through them all – stronger, wiser? Only she can answer that – maybe there should always be a question mark?

  • Pam Thomas
    2019-03-07 06:16

    This book is vibrant, alive and real written by someone who has experienced life in the new and isn't afraid to admit it.You are transported back to the 70s covering a multitude of sins, we have all experienced and what joy to relive them all through someone else's eyes.Each chapter moved you into different areas of the country, cities and towns she had happy memories in, revealing at the same time new experiences and how as a person she has developed on a both personal and spiritual level.Each scenario gives you a perception of reality, how she feels that her life has reached mid life crisis and the need to up sticks and travel is the driving force, sending her in search of the magical, colourful characters which she meets along the way, emerging eventually from her cocoon a beautiful butterfly, but at the same time experiencing different avenues and a deeper grasp of the metaphysical part of her life which needed new energy.Its an honest and humorous account of her perception in life with glitches along the way.A must read for spiritual like minded people

  • Kate
    2019-02-22 05:22

    An entertaining and informative exploration of one woman's metaphysical quest (her journey into the "woo") told in a humorous, fun-to-read voice. I appreciate how Debbianne culls the gems of wisdom from each approach she explores, while keeping her eyes wide open to the risks of guru-worshipping or cultish behavior. She is in control of her journey and decides what to take and what to leave behind. She weaves all of the take-aways into a lovely tapesty of self-empowerment and joy. She articulates this life philosophy beautifully in the last chapter. I especially loved that last chapter--words to live by, for sure!

  • Terri Baldwin
    2019-03-21 08:44

    This book was hilarious, yet thought-provoking! I went through my own midlife crisis of sorts, and I think I'd probably have taken the same path as Debbianne had I not been broke lol. What a great ride, thank you!

  • jgyweniverel
    2019-02-22 03:16

    I am definetley in my 'woo-woo' moments of life. Hope to win this book to know how to handle them!

  • Grady
    2019-03-13 05:15

    `Acceptance precedes change, and everything yields to change...eventually'Looking for reasons and explanations for life challenges and choices facing everyone at the foreboding midlife crisis? Tired of the innumerable `get-a-hold-of- yourself' self help seminars and eBooks, and encounters with the plethora of gurus of every plane of mundane and spiritual levels? Then by all means read this book!Debbianne DeRose shares with us one of the most entertaining memoirs of the year - her wacky but wise travels/travails of wandering through the soup of advice currently the psychology du jour trend of today. Name an avenue of seeking advice or assistance with the problems that accompany the threats of sagging skin, improbable tummy rolls, and trying to appear and think and get the responses of a 20-30 year old in the marketplace and the relationship arena and Debbianne has been there, tried that, and her experiences she shares are so hilariously funny the she is able to restore a sense of perspective where perspective has melted down with the challenged ego. If it falls into the fields of Metaphysics or Self Help, Debbianne opens the curtain hiding the Great Oz and all we can do (along with laughing out loud -oh, excuse me, 'lol') is applaud.It has to do with change - whether that means hair color, residence, alteration of integument, or the search for the elusive `truth'. An example of her writing style follows: `I had not been treating the men in my life as equals, and I was entering each relationship trying to change them. Basically, I was looking at them as if they were projects. It's not hard to see how this would be problematic....My fundamental error lay in choosing the wrong dudes, in emanating a `come hither, Man project' vibe in the first place, which naturally attracts those who want to be `renovated' (well, at least on some level, whether they know it or not0. The ever popular Victim-Savior gag. I knew that I needed to learn greater acceptance in my relationships, but wouldn't it be brilliant to start off with someone who saw at least reasonable compatible?'Pages after pages in this book are filled with such off the cuff conversations that indeed feel like personal conversations with the author. If only she could come over to supper and just ramble on...we might all make it through the way she has. This book is entertainment, but it is also an investment in to normalizing our scrambled brains. So much of it gets down to `laugh it off'' and get real and change. Grady Harp

  • Sarah Brillinger
    2019-03-06 10:21

    The author asked me to review this book and immediately said "yes!" because this title is fantastic. I don't know what I was expecting - maybe something a la "Eat, Pray, Love" but it turns out to be a spiritual journey into the underbelly (so to speak) of all things "woo woo" as she puts it. Read: fortune telling, spirits speaking, spoon bending, etc. Initially when I started reading it, I wasn't sure what to think but it was actually really interesting once I got into it. It's like the author, Debbianne, was a guinea pig for every type of spiritual course you can take and lets us know (with humour) how it all works out. It was good timing for me too as I think I'm having a mid-life crisis so the big message I've taken away here is that to be happy, you have TO BE HAPPY. It's pretty much that simple. I've also taken away the fact that I need to read "The Secret". It's been sitting on my shelf for years and I've been avoiding it. She references "The Secret" several times and the concepts in it so I guess I should work backwards and get the details on that too....but I digress...Her writing style is funny and her personality is pretty cool considering she's basically willing to try anything. I wasn't overwhelmed by the brilliance of the book or anything but it was a good read, informative and entertaining at the same time. If you have any interest in the spiritual world, I would recommend you check this book out before you take any courses on things like energy healing or Reiki, and get a first hand account of what is possible.

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-27 10:41

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I was interested in the story as told by the author as well as the various samplings of woo. Debbianne has a delightful sense of humor and is quite gifted in descriptive prose. I highly recommend this book.

  • Gina
    2019-03-18 10:26

    Not as good as it sounded. No real breakthrough or insights offered.