Out Of The Woods
A Guide to Life for Men Beyond 50
By Alan Heeks
Out Of The Woods gathers the best wisdom and experience of many men on enjoying your best years to the full, on the skills you need to handle the losses and shipwrecks, and on how to grow through them. It offers insights, inspiration, practical advice and resources for further help.The aim is simple: enjoy life now!
This book is a guide for the maturing man: complete with route-finder, service areas, scenic highlights and emergency callout advice. It gathers the best wisdom and experience of many men on enjoying your best years to the full, on the skills you need to handle the losses and shipwrecks, and on how to grow through them. It offers insights, inspiration, practical advice and resources for further help.The aim is simple: enjoy life now!
The book offers wisdom from the unexpected, like a Wiltshire wood, football, Sufi mystics, car maintenance, and heroic myth.
Topics in the book include:
Change and renewal.
A fresh look at relationships.
Work, money - and fulfilment.
Tackling health issues.
Family Dynamics: ageing parents and lots more.
Last Chance Saloon: addictions, anger, depression, alternatives.
Dreams, dawns, dying, inspiration.
Giving and receiving: friends, groups, communities.
Sex: Yes you can!
Maturing organically: sustaining your happiness, giving back.
The book offers an easy, entertaining read to guide men through this new stage of life.It's also helpful for partners, family and friends who want to understand and support them.To handle new needs and challenges there are self test exercises, and further resource guides.
Alan Heeks, 64, is the author of The Natural Advantage and has re-invented himself, his work and his relationships. He has been a successful businessman and entrepreneur, and is now an expert on sustainable living. After a 26-year marriage and two kids, he enjoyed a second adolescence in his fifties, and has recently remarried. Alan is a member of two men's groups, has lived in a cohousing community for six years , and has led many groups on men's issues, finding your life purpose - and knowing where your towel is.
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19 Sep 2013
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A humorous and resourceful almanac of wisdom gained from Alan Heeks life journey. Alan Heeks has generously revealed his experiences so that men over 50 can rebuild their lives and discover their purpose to fulfillment. Alan demonstrates that by coming to terms with emotional communication men over 50 can make the impossible possible. — Siri Nirankar Singh, yoga teacher
This is a wise and inspiring book for anyone looking for a refreshing but realistic approach to their senior years. Well-researched and grounded in everyday realities Out of the Woods will help readers with all the normal disturbing issues of seniority, ranging from money and status, through to fitness, sex and a new sense of personal purpose. Warmly recommended. — William Bloom, author of Feeling safe: How to be Strong and Positive in a Changing World
If you want to avoid becoming just another Grumpy Old Man, this book provides a great tonic. . But reinventing yourself isn't easy, which is why the helping hand provided by Alan Heeks by might prove very useful! — Jonathon Porritt, co-founder of Forum for the Future
Men do suffer. They get themselves into all sorts of negative downward spirals. Alan beautifully brings his caring for life and all its mysteries into this great survival pack of a book for over 50's men. Citing the gurus of the Age of Compassion - Joanna Macy, Robert Bly, Kubler Ross and Harville Hendrix - Out of the Woods weaves a supa intelligent path through life, pain and reality and will I'm pretty sure be referred to for years to come. — Simon Hinkly, ManKind Project
As an elder who walks his talk Alan Heeks stands out as a beam of integrity and wisdom. His writing is inspiring and fresh for this demographic. — Malcolm Stern, co-presenter of Channel 4’s Made for Each Other, author and leading UK psychotherapist
Alan Heeks is a new, refreshing and dare I say 'youthful' voice in the ageing conversation. His valuable guide will help men and women make sense of the inevitable shifts and changes that older age brings. And what makes this book essential reading for those making the transition into life beyond 50 is that it not only guides you through the changes and challenge of the here and now but also helps the reader to consciously create a new and exciting path for later life. — Glen Poole, director of Helping Men, UK co-ordinator for International Men’s Day
Alan Heeks is an initiator and a trail blazer. He has established an organic farm and a woodland retreat centre with a beautiful wooden ark of a building. He has taken people into the desert to search for the meaning of life. Whatever journey he embarks upon, he opens it up to others. This book is no exception. Alan explores those shady years where middle age slowly becomes old age with courage and humour. — Annie Spencer, workshop leader
Although the ageing process is universal, men and women experience some of its tasks and challenges differently. So this excellent new book by Alan Heeks-the first comprehensive guidebook of its kind to be written specifically for men-is a welcome and much-needed addition to the eldering/sage-ing genre. — Marian Van Eyk McCain, author of Elderwoman: Reap the wisdom, feel the power embrace the joy