Imagine This: Creating the Work You Love

Maxine Clair. Agate, $16 trade paper (150p) ISBN 978-1-932841-83-1
Life coach and poet Clair (Rattlebone) advocates the New Age mission of self-realization with this succinct, easy-to-follow workbook. A survivor of domestic abuse, Clair earned two advanced degrees; after a long career as a medical technologist, she became an English professor at George Washington University and an award-winning writer. Setting the example for how self-realization improved her life, she outlines the journey to empowerment that worked for her in nine steps: for example, the first step toward “pursuing a greater sense of wakefulness” is simply to keep a journal. Each chapter opens with Clair’s personal problems and how she overcame them, ending with a series of exercises that require some measure of introspection as well as a time commitment. For those who may be floundering, she advises looking for inspiration in “places that hold your idea of beauty” or simply chilling by watching “wall paper dry.” While followers of Shakti Gawain and Louise Hay may be familiar with the technique of using affirmations to implement positive change, for the uninitiated, Clair brings a fresh point of view to the pursuit of self-fulfillment. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/22/2014
Release date: 11/01/2014
Genre: Nonfiction
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