Great Prose

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Great Prose

Postby pattyn » Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:54 pm

Besides Barbara, who writes self-help books really well? What's an example of an excellent paragraph or two from a book that really got to you? I'm looking for great writing, not just great ideas. I could use a few role models.
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Postby Punxsy » Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:24 pm

Cheryl Richardson writes excellent self help books: Take Time For Your Life, Stand Up For Your Life are two of her books that are excellent. She is a life coach and has a website at http://www.cherylrichardson.com.
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Postby pattyn » Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:42 am

Thanks, Punxsy. I'll take at look at Cheryl's writing style.
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Postby PixieDust » Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:01 pm

And of course the awesome Martha Beck..Finding Your Own North Star, The Joy Diet..anything Julia Cameron..the Artist's Way is the classic... they are both really good writers, and the advice is great.
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Postby dani » Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:02 pm

My favorite prose experts are Jon Hassler, who writes about Catholic culture (I'm died-n-the-wool protestant and find it intriguing) and Taylor Smith who writes espionage thrillers. For good journalistic prose, try Steve Martini, legal thriller author. dani
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Postby pattyn » Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:30 am

I gobble up every one of Martha Beck's columns in O, Pixiedust. I'll have to look for The Artist's Way. I've heard of it, but I haven't read it yet. Dani, I'm not into thrillers, but I'll bet a lot of others reading here are. That's a difficult genre to write well.
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Postby DStaub11 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:33 pm

Eric Maisel, especially Fearless Creating. His ideas have helped me immeasurably, and his writing style is wonderful in itself. Do Mi
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Postby pattyn » Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:43 pm

I'll look for Eric Maisel. Thanks, Do Mi.
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Postby Nat Barney » Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:46 am

Has anyone mentioned Pema Chodron? Her books have gotten me through some very hard times. Laura Day's Welcome to Your Crisis was a pick-me-up recently.
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Postby pattyn » Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:53 am

Thanks, Nat. I'll check them out!
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Postby KyleM » Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:12 am

I have to second (or third) Martha Beck and Eric Maisel! Also check out a book by Julia Mossbridge called Unfolding: The Perpetual Science of Your Soul's Work. And for sheer lyrical beauty with a touch of spirituality and mysticism, look at Irish philosopher John O'Donahue's books called Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom; Beauty: The Invisible Embrace; and Eternal Echoes: Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong. He makes my heart sigh every time I read him. :sigh:
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Postby Scenario Thinker » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:22 am

KyleM wrote:I have to second (or third) Martha Beck ...
I have to third (or fourth) Martha Beck's Finding Your Own North Star. For some reason her book popped into my head before I even read the reply posts. I'd say I'm not an excellent judge of excellent writing, but besides Barbara, her book always sticks in my mind (and one of the other few that I've read multiple times). It may be sort of like the type of movies that stick in your mind and you can watch multiple times.
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Postby pattyn » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:25 pm

Thanks to both of you. Great suggestions!
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