Ordinary Women, Extraordinaryolives: 2how to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Positive Change in Your Life

Marcia Chellis, Author Viking Books $20 (304p) ISBN 978-0-670-83757-1
In these accounts of how eight women triumphed over accidents, addictions (including the author's alcoholism), physical and mental abuse, poverty, etc., Chellis ( Living with the Kennedys ) probes the women's spiritual depths from which they draw strength. Included are stories of a 46-year-old survivor of a near-fatal skiing accident now preparing for the 1992 Olympic triathlon races and a former heroin-addicted prostitute studying to become a women's advocacy lawyer. Chief among the survival dynamics that such women share, claims Chellis, are ``self-value'' and stamina to go through the stages of a ``self-empowerment'' process. Facing the problem and seeking support (networking) leads to implementing a new life pattern which includes serving as a role model for others--essential, the author stresses, to sustaining one's own healing. Although the book is inspirational, the advice is hardly original; groups like AA have been practicing these techniques for years. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
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