Peace in the Puzzle is a mature work that, in a sense, took 60 years to write. It is an insightful, deeply spiritual guide to finding and maximizing oneself in the service of self and society. Combining the life journey of the author with the insights of both ordinary people and great thinkers, this volume is a must for searchers, for those who want to find peace in who they are, what they do and where they want to go ultimately. At one level, the prose is simple, clear and straightforward; at another level it is profound and challenging. It sets up methods and avenues for readers to follow a process and arrive at their own unique solution to their very being. It is a worthwhile and moving experience.
James V. Toscano
Peace in the Puzzle is at once a revealing life history and a revelation on universal themes to which we can all relate. The author is the wise friend who, over coffee, tells you about her quest to find meaning in the ups and downs of life and encourages you to do the same. Interesting exercises are your side of the "conversation," but you are assured of some good take-aways whether or not you do them. A series of engaging stories illustrate her points, and she liberally quotes the wisdom of others. All of these things make Peace in the Puzzle a very satisfying read!
Feeling "stuck"? In need of a change? Wondering about your life's purpose? Peace in the Puzzle provides collective wisdom and concrete tools for moving forward in your life. Numerous quotes, stories and personal recollections from the author help illustrate the book's key themes. Ultimately, only you can figure out your piece of the puzzle; with some introspection, positive self-talk,and harnessing the power of other people, you can claim your piece and find peace. I found Peace in the Puzzle to be a thought-provoking, useful and inspiring read; it's packed with insights and useful pieces of advice. The book helped spur my thinking and energized me to continue my own journey.
Amy B. Peterson
As a puzzle person, I was first intrigues but the title - Peace in the Puzzle. I made a commitment to read it even though in approaching seven decades of living, change is no longer first on my agenda and I believe I am pretty close to my intended self.It turned out to be everything a "how-I-did-it-and-how-you-can-do-it-too" book should be an more. What impressed me most was the author's willingness to share her personal stories in a way that inspires the readers to reflect on his or her journey from different perspectives. The workbook is a great adjunct and definately deepens the engagement of the reader. In my case the introspection inspired not change but rather a serendipitous walk through the labrinthe of my own life's "puzzles" - - whether the encounters were intended or not. Peace was the reward.
Susan weaves a lovely story of hope based on her life experience. She invites you to be a part of the creative process that manifests in your life. She writes simply yet beautifully. I recommend this book for those who want to be taken on a journey with Susan as the tour guy. Enjoy!
When I bought this amazing book, I expected it would be a read for "elder, wiser" people only. Rather, it is a book for anyone who wants to be wiser, who wants to be the best they can be... As a result, I ordered the book for several of the young professional friends I know. The author brilliantly turns a "how I did it book" into a book that will allow anyone room for growth if they indeed wish for growth. Well done!
I'm 58 and feeling a bit unsettled about what's next in my life. I normally don't gravitate to books that are about self-reflection, but I found in Peace in the Puzzle that amazing balance among reflection, advice and just plain-ol-good story telling. The book has everything -- a real description of a real person's real challenges and successes; fascinating anecdotes and examples; quotable quotes (I've added some of them to my speechwriting database); and even exercises. As important, it's a lovely read, moving along well with enough, but not too much, detail. I highly recommend this book.
What's so helpful about this book is that you can pick a page - any page - and find useful, easily applicable tips and support. The author has done a fine job of sharing her personal strategies for finding her "peace in the puzzle," and shares strategies and advice from dozens of others.
A truly useful and engaging book that you will turn to again and again.
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves as well. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe