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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Chapter 1 Challenges of Adult Life
Chapter 2 Dawns StoryBringing out the Truth in a Character
Chapter 3 Marks StoryDeveloping a Spiritual Philosophy of Life
Chapter 4 Kurts StoryBeing True to the Man in the Glass
Chapter 5 Sandras StoryLiving Her Faith
Chapter 6 Lydias StoryExternal Chaos Internal Stability
Chapter 7 Evans StoryBeing the Best You Can Be
Chapter 8 How to Be Good Company for Your Own Journey
How to Provide Good Company for Others Journeys toward SelfAuthorship
Chapter 10 Diverse SelfAuthorship Stories
Chapter 11 Mapping Your Journey
Chapter 12 A Theory of SelfAuthorship Development
Appendix Longitudinal Study Methodology and Methods

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About the author (2009)

Marcia B. Baxter Magolda is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Miami University of Ohio and a nationally recognized author and speaker on student development and learning. She received the American College Personnel Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education's Research Achievement Award in 2007, 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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