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Women Rowing North

Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

by Mary Pipher

Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher X
Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2019
    272 pages
    Genre: Advice

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  • Susan S. (Salida, CO)

    Navigating into the BEST YEARS!
    Mary Pipher first caught my attention when she wrote about girls and STEM education. Her words rang so true to my daughter's experience. And her newest book about women and aging is also spot on. Her sections on Challenges, Travel Skills and People on the Boat were full of references that resonated with my current life. Even that daughter I mentioned above, who is now 30 years old, found things to inspire, to learn, to reach for and to imagine for her future. Thanks again, Mary!
  • Candace B. (Grand Island, NY)

    Women of "a certain age".
    Generally I don't care for "self help" books so this one is an exception. Packed with information on women as they age and tips for embracing these changes in our lives, this book led me to really think about living life fully.
    The author discusses challenges faced and limitations that arise as we age. It could have been a depressing topic but with all the strategies for embracing and enjoying life, it was instead uplifting and positive. Packed with stories about women and how they dealt with aging and enhanced their lives, it's easy to feel positive about getting old and enjoying the inevitable changes physically and mentally. This would be an excellent book club selection for "women of a certain age".
  • Nancy M. (Bernardsville, NJ)

    Women Rowing North
    A very meaning full book with wisdom and depth. Inspires us to remember one's joys, foibles and stories, and feel self-forgiveness. Fondly, forgotten memories of the past became clear again. Following the experiences of the women in the book became difficult as they kept reappearing. Keeping notes would have helped! This book is a keeper, but perhaps not a great book club book.
  • Gigi K. (Lufkin,, TX)

    What are you waiting for?
    A must read for all women as their children leave the nest. Such a good read for women wanting to be the best they can be until their last breath. My husband's Kiwanis club even discussed the book informally and men found it helpful, too. (especially the last two chapters).
  • Bettie T. (Johns Island, SC)

    Overcoming Challenges and Finding the Gifts as We Age
    I had never read anything by Mary Pipher, though I know she is well-respected. WOMEN ROWING NORTH called to me, perhaps because I am starting to notice the aging process and wondering how I will survive myself. Pipher shares a lot of wisdom and encouragement, interspersed with the stories of women she has interviewed who have faced many different challenges. It is a very readable book. I finished the book thinking that although my challenges may be different from the ones she illustrates, I, too, should be able recover from whatever comes my way and "flourish" as I age. She doesn't try to make it sound easy, but she points out that with the right attitude, we can overcome these challenges, and make use of the gifts that age has given us (perspective, patience, and joy, for example).
  • Helene M. (Sarasota, FL)

    Ladies, Get Your Paddles, We're Rowing North!
    This may be one of the most important books I've ever read - particularly for women like myself, of a "certain age," whose lives have been affected by the loss of important markers - husbands, careers, family relationships that change as one grows older.

    In compelling prose, May Pipher challenges us to explore questions that many of us avoid as uncomfortable. But, she reminds us, those questions are also unavoidable, if we wish to live fully for as long as we are able.

    Aging is difficult, and while Pipher has no magic wand to change that reality, she does provide guideposts. These come in the form of questions and challenges to which we alone have the correct answers for ourselves.

    I heartily recommend this book for women ages 45 and up, and especially for those over 65. If there was one thing I wish Pipher had done, it would have been to craft a series of workshops that could use this book as a reference point.

    Get it; read it; you won't be disappointed.
  • Marion C. (Peabody, MA)

    Women Rowing North
    "Time can take the sting out of life and make it sweeter", says Mary Pipher in her book WOMEN ROWING NORTH; Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age. I experienced much joy reading and understanding the bends, curves and the current a woman goes through as she ages. Pipher offers suggestions on how to cope with life's little nuances and major hurdles. She also tells us our perception of events changes over time, and life has not been bad after all. As we age, we can remember having been there and done that, and we survived. Pipher clears the debris in the river and suggests women take time and better care of themselves while enjoying the beauty of life. I agree.

    Pipher's writing is succinct. I highly recommend reading WOMEN ROWING NORTH because you may find solutions and clearer understanding of currents in the river of life.


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