Authoring Your Life: Developing an Internal Voice to Navigate Life's Challenges

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Stylus Publishing, LLC., 2009 - Education - 377 pages
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"Geared for a popular rather than an academic audience, this book is designed to assist young adults in moving from dependence on external authorities to taking charge of their own life decisions. Secondly, the book serves as a guide to significant others who wish to help these individuals more effectively address the challenges that life brings.

Written in comprehensible language that student staff as well as professionals unfamiliar with the concept of self-authorship can understand, it contains fascinating in-depth narratives that demonstrate the evolution of life during the young adult years." ?Journal of College Student Development

"This book should be considered an essential addition to the library for the young professional just entering a career in academic advising. "?NACADA Journal

This is a guide to addressing life's challenges and competing demands. It will help you to reflect on the problems and setbacks you encounter to discover your own voice, uncover your authentic sense of values, build your confidence, and find meaning in your life.

In addition to helping you identify the phases of your journey to self-authorship, Marcia Baxter Magolda offers reflective exercises and questions to help you uncover your strengths and identify the barriers that may be inhibiting you from building the internal, psychological compass that will serve as the foundation for your journey.
  

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Great concept, but the book became SUPER repetitive. Honestly didn't read all of it because it was mostly just case studies of various people and how they made decisions in their lives basked on their internal voices. Love the idea of self authorship, though! Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1 Challenges of Adult Life
21
Chapter 2 Dawns StoryBringing out the Truth in a Character
45
Chapter 3 Marks StoryDeveloping a Spiritual Philosophy of Life
75
Chapter 4 Kurts StoryBeing True to the Man in the Glass
103
Chapter 5 Sandras StoryLiving Her Faith
133
Chapter 6 Lydias StoryExternal Chaos Internal Stability
161
Chapter 7 Evans StoryBeing the Best You Can Be
189
Chapter 8 How to Be Good Company for Your Own Journey
215
How to Provide Good Company for Others Journeys toward SelfAuthorship
249
Chapter 10 Diverse SelfAuthorship Stories
281
Chapter 11 Mapping Your Journey
311
Chapter 12 A Theory of SelfAuthorship Development
321
Appendix Longitudinal Study Methodology and Methods
347
Notes
355
Index
365
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About the author (2009)

Marcia B. Baxter Magolda is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the Miami University of Ohio and a nationally recognized author and speaker on student development and learning. In 2007 she received the Association for the Study of Higher Education's Research Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to advancing student learning. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and subsequent adult life, and educational practice to promote self-authorship. Her seventh and eighth books respectively are Authoring Your Life and Development and Assessment of Self-Authorship.

Sharon Daloz Parks is Associate Director, the Whidbey Institute. She was formerly an associate professor at the Harvard Divinity School and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She has also served in faculty and research positions in leadership and ethics at the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith (Jossey-Bass, 2000) and co-author of Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World (Beacon Press, 1996).

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