(AKA Martha Nibley Beck)
[November 29, 1962 - ]
Changes of the Heart: Martha Beck Life Coaches Share Strategies for Facing Life Challenges
(November 4, 2009) by
Martha Beck Certified Life Coaches with Anna Paradox, ed.
Finding Your Own North Star Journal: A Guide to Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
(Oct 6, 2009)
A knowledge of your perfect life sits inside you, just
as the North Star sits in its unalterable spot. Where will your North
Star lead you?
Discover the answer with this interactive journal, based on the bestselling
book Finding Your Own North Star. Take the quizzes and fill out the
prompts to figure out exactly what you want and how to use change to propel
you toward your North Star—the life you were meant to live. You'll also
learn how to:
Recognize what you love to do most and turn
it into a sustainable career or lifestyle.
Listen to your intuition—learn how your body
says yes and no to certain people, tasks and environments.
Employ techniques and language for empowering
yourself, confronting fear, coping with grief, dealing with anger, and
Steering by Starlight: The Science and Magic of Finding Your Destiny
(Jun 9, 2009)
Martha Beck’s remarkable success in helping people to
change their lives has won her accolades everywhere from National Public
Radio to USA TODAY. She made multiple appearances on Oprah and
Good Morning America for the hardcover edition of Steering by
Starlight, which now offers readers a powerful set of new tools—fresh
coping strategies based on cutting-edge research in psychiatry and
neurology—that will help them overcome obstacles and set their lives on
course. Dr. Beck’s trademark humor and empathy are at the heart of her gift
for helping people who feel disconnected from their true sense of purpose:
to locate meaning in their lives. Utilizing the same methods that have
proven most effective with her private clients, Dr. Beck reconnects readers
with their authentic needs and desires. Whether a person is seeking better
relationships, more focused career direction, or a more harmonious
lifestyle, Steering by Starlight’s hilarious and touching anecdotes,
case studies, and practical exercises will point the way.
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Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What!
In the tradition of her bestseller, Finding Your Own
North Star, Oprah Magazine columnist Martha Beck reconnects readers
with their best destinies. Described as one of the best-known life coaches in
America in media such as Psychology Today, NPR, and USA Today,
Martha Beck has demonstrated a rare gift for helping people whose lives have
gone off course find their way back to authentic, rewarding lives. Now, in
Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What!, Martha Beck
describes the step-by-step process she uses with her private clients to help
them navigate the terrain of their best lives. Bringing together cutting-edge
research in psychiatry, neurology, and related fields in an accessible,
substantive, original way, Dr. Beck offers powerful new methods for solving
the problems that beset ordinary people. Using her trademark wisdom, empathy,
and engaging style, she connects readers with fresh, never-before published
strategies that have proven most effective and efficient for the hundreds of
people she has coached. For readers who have found their North Stars, this
book will be an invaluable tool to stay the course and overcome obstacles.
For those who still feel adrift, it will provide a way to find true North and
follow the path of best destiny. Dr. Beck identifies three stages along the
path to recapturing a satisfying life:-“the stargazer” helps readers
understand why it’s so easy to lose themselves and offers strategies for
sighting their North Star-“the mapmaker” uses this newly clarified perspective
to evaluate one’s situation and plot a course for upcoming years-“the
pathfinder” discusses the adventures that may be encountered as one travels
along this new life course Whether it’s seeking better relationships, more
focused career direction, the achievement of specific fitness goals, or a more
harmonious lifestyle, Steering by Starlight’s colorful anecdotes, case
studies, and exercises will point the way.
Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith (2006)
As “Mormon royalty” within the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, Martha Beck was raised in a home frequented by the Church’s
high elders in an existence framed by the strictest code of conduct. As an
adult, she moved to the east coast, outside of her Mormon enclave for the
first time in her life. When her son was born with Down syndrome, Martha and
her husband left their graduate programs at Harvard to return to Utah, where
they knew the supportive Mormon community would embrace them.
But when she was hired to teach at Brigham Young University, Martha was
troubled by the way the Church’s elders silenced dissidents and masked truths
that contradicted its published beliefs. Most troubling of all, she was forced
to face her history of sexual abuse by one of the Church’s most prominent
authorities. The New York Times bestseller Leaving the Saints
chronicles Martha’s decision to sever her relationship with the faith that had
cradled her for so long and to confront and forgive the person who betrayed
her so deeply.
Leaving the Saints offers a rare glimpse inside one of the world’s most
secretive religions while telling a profoundly moving story of personal
courage, survival, and the transformative power of spirituality.
Wisdom from Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life
Welcome to The Joy Diet, a menu of ten behaviors
you can add to your way of living and thinking to enhance every day’s journey
through the unpredictable terrain of your existence. You can add these
behaviors gradually and watch your life become steadily more vivid and
satisfying. Or you can go on a “crash Joy Diet” to help you navigate life’s
The ten menu items are:
Nothing: Do nothing for fifteen minutes a
day. Stop mindlessly chasing goals and figure out which goals are worth
Truth: Create a moment of truth to help you
unmask what you’re hiding—from others and from yourself.
Desire: Identify, articulate, and explore at
least one of your heart’s desires—and learn how to let yourself want what you
Creativity: Learn six new ways to develop at
least one new idea to help you obtain your heart’s desire.
Risk: Take one baby step toward reaching your
goal. The only rule is it has to scare the pants off you.
Treats: Give yourself a treat for every risk you
take and two treats just because you’re you. No exceptions. No excuses.
Play: Take a moment to remember your real life’s
work and differentiate it from the games you play to achieve it. Then play
Laughter: Laugh at least thirty times a day.
Connection: Use your Joy Diet skills to interact
with someone who matters to you.
Feasting: Enjoy at least three square feasts a
day, with or without food.
No matter what your long-term goals are, The
Joy Diet, written with Martha Beck’s inimitable blend of wisdom, practical
guidance, and humor, will help you achieve the immediate gift of joyful living
in the here and now. Begin your journey today.
Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
Martha Beck has helped hundreds of clients find their own North
Star, fulfill their potential, and live more joyfully. Now, she shares her
step-by-step program that will help you take the exhilarating and frightening
journey to your own ideal life. Finding Your Own North Star will teach
you how to read your internal compasses, articulate your core desires, identify
and repair the unconscious beliefs that may be blocking your progress, nurture
your intuition, and cultivate your dreams from the first magical flicker of an
idea through the planning and implementation of a more satisfying life. Martha
Beck offers thoroughly tested case studies, questionnaires, exercises, and her
own trademark wit and wisdom to guide you every step of the way.
Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic
"He says you'll never be hurt as much by being open as you have
been by remaining closed."
The messenger is a school janitor with a master's in art history who claims to
be channeling "from both sides of the veil." "He" is Adam, a three-year-old who
has never spoken an intelligible word. And the message is intended for Martha
Beck, Adam's mother, who doesn't know whether to make a mad dash for the door to
escape a raving lunatic (after all, how many conversations like this one can you
have before you stop getting dinner party invitations and start pushing a mop
yourself?) or accept another in a series of life lessons from an impeccable but
From the moment Martha and her husband, John, accidentally conceived their
second child, all hell broke loose. They were a couple obsessed with success.
After years of matching IQs and test scores with less driven peers, they had two
Harvard degrees apiece and were gunning for more. They'd plotted out a future in
the most vaunted ivory tower of academe. But the dream had begun to
disintegrate. Then, when their unborn son, Adam, was diagnosed with Down
syndrome, doctors, advisers, and friends in the Harvard community warned them
that if they decided to keep the baby, they would lose all hope of achieving
their carefully crafted goals. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened.
Expecting Adam is a poignant, challenging, and achingly funny chronicle of the
extraordinary nine months of Martha's pregnancy. By the time Adam was born,
Martha and John were propelled into a world in which they were forced to
redefine everything of value to them, put all their faith in miracles, and trust
that they could fly without a net. And it worked.
Martha's riveting, beautifully written memoir captures the abject terror and
exhilarating freedom of facing impending parentdom, being forced to question
one's deepest beliefs, and rewriting life's rules. It is an unforgettable
celebration of the everyday magic that connects human souls to each other.
Breaking Point: Why Women Fall Apart and How They Can Re-create Their Lives
Much as Gail Sheehy did in Passages, Dr. Beck articulates
a common signpost in women's lives, explaining the five stages which
characterize how women arrive at their breaking point, how their age defines
their experience, and how they can transcend crisis and move on to redefine
Breaking the Cycle of Compulsive Behavior
by Martha Nibley Beck and John C. Beck
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