The Daring Female's Guide to Ecstatic Living (March 2006)

Published By: Hyperion

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Writing/Publishing

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Reviewed by Jean M. Holewa

The Daring Female's Guide to Ecstatic Living could be a "challenging" title, as it really asks the question whether one is daring enough to read this book.

I took the dare and was pleased to find that I already incorporate some of the advice into my life, validating that I am on my way to being a daring female! Yet my interest was captured with suggestions to be even more daring.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the author, Natasha Kogan. I was afraid that she might challenge me to do crazy things like wear an outlandish outfit while dancing and singing in public! Or worse yet, encourage me to confront a painful situation in an attempt to find resolution and a clearer road to happiness. What she does offer are many ideas and hints, inspiring everyone to break the bonds of the "woulda/coulda/shoulda" trap.

Each chapter has a captivating title like, "Dare to bite off more than you can chew, but learn how to spit" and "Dare to take sides, but be ready to switch." Thought-provoking quotes like "If you risk nothing, you risk everything" (Geena Davis, actress) and "Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one's courage" (Anais Nin, novelist) open each chapter. A list of hints and a few blank lines to make notes follow each section.

As I was reading this book I started to think of friends that I could lend it to. By the last page, I realized that I cannot lend it out--as I don't expect to ever be done reading it. I will go back and read each chapter over and over again, more slowly, more contemplatively all the while making notes. This is MY copy of The Daring Female's Guide to Ecstatic Living, and I will purchase additional copies as gifts for the other daring females in my life.

I do question though, why the author chose to limit this book to females. I think the advice would be equally beneficial to males. I have dared my husband to read it, and dare others to share it with the men in their lives as well.

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