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In her latest book, Crones Don't Whine, Jean Shinoda Bolen's playful sense of humor and keen insight combine to offer women thirteen qualities to cultivate. Engage in these small practices and you're bound to be a happier person, who's doing her bit to make the world just a little better. Here are thirteen brief essays to turn to again and again, in bad times and good, alone and In her latest book, Crones Don't Whine, Jean Shinoda Bolen's playful sense of humor and keen insight combine to offer women thirteen qualities to cultivate. Engage in these small practices and you're bound to be a happier person, who's doing her bit to make the world just a little better. Here are thirteen brief essays to turn to again and again, in bad times and good, alone and with others.


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In her latest book, Crones Don't Whine, Jean Shinoda Bolen's playful sense of humor and keen insight combine to offer women thirteen qualities to cultivate. Engage in these small practices and you're bound to be a happier person, who's doing her bit to make the world just a little better. Here are thirteen brief essays to turn to again and again, in bad times and good, alone and In her latest book, Crones Don't Whine, Jean Shinoda Bolen's playful sense of humor and keen insight combine to offer women thirteen qualities to cultivate. Engage in these small practices and you're bound to be a happier person, who's doing her bit to make the world just a little better. Here are thirteen brief essays to turn to again and again, in bad times and good, alone and with others.

30 review for Crones Don't Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    It was a time of great changes. Within a year, there was a mass deluge from the family nest, my first grandchild arrived, my husband had a heart attack, my career focus changed, and early indicators of menopause reminded me that the biggest changes were about to occur. I was leaving behind motherhood, making family meals, and picking up abandoned dirty dishes. I was moving on to a new phase of my life. For me, the word crone has always brought up images of a wise elder. A crone as I see her is a It was a time of great changes. Within a year, there was a mass deluge from the family nest, my first grandchild arrived, my husband had a heart attack, my career focus changed, and early indicators of menopause reminded me that the biggest changes were about to occur. I was leaving behind motherhood, making family meals, and picking up abandoned dirty dishes. I was moving on to a new phase of my life. For me, the word crone has always brought up images of a wise elder. A crone as I see her is a woman of confidence with a heart large enough to take on more than just her immediate family. She is the kind of person who’ll be completely honest with you when you need it most or make you laugh yourself silly when you’re down. In the last year, as my life changed, I actually felt privileged that the universe saw enough wisdom in me to allow me the privilege of becoming such a woman. I’m glad I came across Crones Don’t Whine. This book celebrates crones. It reminds women that aging isn’t something to fear. As we get older, we tend to let go of all that extraneous crap and really start to enjoy being ourselves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cynda

    I first read this book just as I was just admitting that I was leaving behind middle age and approaching menopause. So technically I was not yet a crone. I so am now. Hecatate of the Crossroads show me the Way. The technicalities remain the same: Veer off the Spiritual Path too far, you land in the field of one character defect. She encourages the juicy-crone reader to stay on the Path by highlighting the Path. Bolen is one of the most beautiful soul-expanded women I (kinda I first read this book just as I was just admitting that I was leaving behind middle age and approaching menopause. So technically I was not yet a crone. I so am now. Hecatate of the Crossroads show me the Way. The technicalities remain the same: Veer off the Spiritual Path too far, you land in the field of one character defect. She encourages the juicy-crone reader to stay on the Path by highlighting the Path. Bolen is one of the most beautiful soul-expanded women I (kinda sorta) have met. She writes In the traditions of the Buddhist Taoist Pagan Jungian Feminist (I may come back to add to the list) My Self-Assessment: I progress. I become one with the Waning Moon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This book has been a guidebook to how and who I want to be in the 3rd stage of my life as a Crone (age 56 and older). I've read it in 2004,5,6,8,18 with new insights into my own choices each time along with finding it quite interesting to read my comments made at places in previous years. Looking at where I am at 70 is both similar and different than late 50s and at 60. At 70, I find myself more fully embracing and exhibiting the 13 cone qualities Jean puts forth. These have been a wise guide to This book has been a guidebook to how and who I want to be in the 3rd stage of my life as a Crone (age 56 and older). I've read it in 2004,5,6,8,18 with new insights into my own choices each time along with finding it quite interesting to read my comments made at places in previous years. Looking at where I am at 70 is both similar and different than late 50s and at 60. At 70, I find myself more fully embracing and exhibiting the 13 cone qualities Jean puts forth. These have been a wise guide to being. I have given this book as a gift to many women friends as they reached their crone age of 56.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I wish for a 2.5 star ... I didn't dislike it but I didn't really like it either ... but I'll err on the side of generosity and give it three stars. Published before the era of blog posts and internet articles, this book is lacking depth. It really reads as an inflated blog post. The tenets are fine ... good reminders of where i am on my crone journey ... but there's really not much substance to the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela McCormick

    More of a long essay than a useful book I was disappointed. There just isn't any depth in this book. I had hoped for guidance and suggestions and perhaps personal stories to use for my personal growth. I am glad I only paid ninety-nine cents for it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a Mother's Day gift from my daughter Victoria. I LOVE it. Ms. Bolen lists thirteen qualities a crone should strive for, including non-whining and juiciness. I'm trying to acquire the qualities.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Very disappointing, I don't think that she said much of anything.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    For women of a certain age this is a manual of self-help and redemption. It recommends finding ways to be happy and then doing so. All with a zen-like wisdom and understanding.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Short, pithy and affirming. each phase of life has its worth and value. embrace it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Bolen writes a gentle book that invites mature women to embrace power, joy and compassion in the second half of life. She has a New Age feel, but it's not off putting for those who don't get their inspiration from archetypes of goddesses. Each chapter is short, averaging 5 pages in a small book with large font. They are perfect for setting an intention before meditating or attending a yoga class. Or a chapter can serve as a writing prompt for writing in a journal. A lot of her observations are c Bolen writes a gentle book that invites mature women to embrace power, joy and compassion in the second half of life. She has a New Age feel, but it's not off putting for those who don't get their inspiration from archetypes of goddesses. Each chapter is short, averaging 5 pages in a small book with large font. They are perfect for setting an intention before meditating or attending a yoga class. Or a chapter can serve as a writing prompt for writing in a journal. A lot of her observations are common sense, but it's very easy to play the victim, get stuck in a rut, and isolate oneself from others. Her words can serve as a reminder to what we already know intuitively but forget all too easily. From the introduction: "To be a crone is about inner development, not outer appearance. A crone is a woman who has wisdom, compassion, humor, courage, and vitality. She has a sense of truly being herself, can express what she knows and feels, and take action when need be" (p. 4). From the chapter about making choices: "If you find yourself at ... a crossroad, may you know which path has heart and have the courage to take it" (p. 52). From the chapter about improvising: "Flexibility, resourcefulness, good health, friends, the ability to learn and keep on growing, being needed or doing service, having absorbing interests, and the ability to enjoy your own company are qualities and possibilities that make improvising a good life possible" (p. 71). Here is the Table of Contents: Introduction: A New Perspective on the "Crone" Word The Thirteen Qualities: 1. Crones Don't Whine 2. Crones Are Juicy 3. Crones Have Green Thumbs 4. Crones Trust What They Know in Their Bones 5. Crones Meditate in Their Fashion 6. Crones Are Fierce about What Matter to Them 7. Cones Choose the Path with Heart 8. Crones Speak the Truth with Compassion 9. Crones Listen to Their Bodies 10. Crones Improvise 11. Crones Laugh Together 12. Crones Savor the Good in Their Lives Possibilities and Thoughts: 1. Exceptional Men Can Be Crones 2. Crones Together Can Change the World. 3. Musings

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    Short and sweet but not very deep. Thirteen rules or qualities to cultivate for becoming a juicy crone. Seems a bit sexist at times...women have flight or fight responses, too, not just tend and befriend...and while she lists some exceptional men who can be crones like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and Jimmy Carter, she makes it sound like such a rarity...and maybe it was for her generation, but I'd like to think not so much for the ones that follow. Though we certainly need to Short and sweet but not very deep. Thirteen rules or qualities to cultivate for becoming a juicy crone. Seems a bit sexist at times...women have flight or fight responses, too, not just tend and befriend...and while she lists some exceptional men who can be crones like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and Jimmy Carter, she makes it sound like such a rarity...and maybe it was for her generation, but I'd like to think not so much for the ones that follow. Though we certainly need to do our part to make the world a better place, I hope it isn't all up to women with just a couple of men along. Definitely makes me think I don't have an adequate circle of female friends who build each other up instead of griping and tearing down. I'd like to cultivate the qualities she mentions as I age, but I'd need more than this book to do it. Worth meditating on for awhile if you are approaching menopause.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    "However, crones don't bore others with a litany of their symptoms-organ recitals or tales of woe-that have an air of performance or bragging. A crone knows she and her troubles are not the center of the universe and knows other people have problems, too. A crone doesn't indulge whining children or whining inner children. Especially her own." And so begins this tell it as it is book written by the inimitable Jean Shinoda Bolen. Crisp, surgically precise and exuberant with reconceptual "However, crones don't bore others with a litany of their symptoms-organ recitals or tales of woe-that have an air of performance or bragging. A crone knows she and her troubles are not the center of the universe and knows other people have problems, too. A crone doesn't indulge whining children or whining inner children. Especially her own." And so begins this tell it as it is book written by the inimitable Jean Shinoda Bolen. Crisp, surgically precise and exuberant with reconceptualizing and empowering what Crone means in the 21st century. In the true spirit of Cronedom, she rigorously prescribes the transparency required in order to attain the Wisdom, Juiciness, and Creativity essential to call yourself a Wise Woman. A requisite read for every Woman who has entered the realm of 50 and wants to thrive in her third act!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    If lifestyle articles directed to women in the age range of 50 to 70 irritate you with their dogmatic tirades on the height of your skirts rather than the benefits of your experience, please pick up this book and keep it with you. Although this is one of Jean Bolen's shorter works, she convincingly makes the case for older women's actions, works and presence as an untapped resource our culture ignores at its peril. Written with warmth and insight, the author encourages women to step into the la If lifestyle articles directed to women in the age range of 50 to 70 irritate you with their dogmatic tirades on the height of your skirts rather than the benefits of your experience, please pick up this book and keep it with you. Although this is one of Jean Bolen's shorter works, she convincingly makes the case for older women's actions, works and presence as an untapped resource our culture ignores at its peril. Written with warmth and insight, the author encourages women to step into the last great phase of life with humour, flexibility and courage.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Wanted to love this. Some good kernels of wisdom but for some reason the advice rang trite to my ears. Still, couldn't resist reading this book since I have a crone in my backyard holding up the brick garden edge. And, we need to honor our inner crones and remember they aren't evil but wise women.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Moira Shepard

    This delightful little volume distill a good deal of Shinoda Bolen's hard-won wisdom. As I reach cronehood myself, it's reassuring to see, through the author's eyes, the gifts and possibilities of this time of life.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna Girouard

    There's wisdom here, and I will pay it forward by passing this book along to another crone. Minor detail: I do, however, consider it a stretch to put Jimmy Carter in the same category as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tara Neale

    If you don't have time or are not sure if you want to read Bolen's Goddesses in Older Women might I recommend this shorter, comical version? I think you will be convinced.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenevive Desroches

    Short and delicious and well worth returning to.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    A smart little book. Implementing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Betsy Campbell

    While I don't think this is necessarily a well-written book, the content is superb! All of us in our third phase of life can benefit from her insight and affirmation. Loved it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jewel Star

    Excellent! A type of philosophy to aspire to. If you're 60 and beyond you must read this!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    Proud crone here! Highly recommend to all of my female friends of a certain age. A great reminder to protect and be proud of the wonder that you are at the later stage of life.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Spiritual Sistagurl

    This book was short, but I greatly enjoyed the wisdom packed in the pages. I'm not chronologically a crone, but this is wisdom for all ages.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louise Carlson Stowell

    If you are looking for a book that is related to Moon magic and Pagan origins, this isn't what this book is about. This is about the coming of age in women...how we recreate ourselves and transform into the wise woman crone. It describes the feelings and the lessons that we learn and can pass on to others. It talks about what a Crone is, what it means to be a Crone. It's about feeling good in your own skin. Being who you are and not being afraid to be yourself totally and also speak your mind.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela2932

    If you want to read a wonderful book that helps you get beyond the cliches about aging in America, this is it! This book provides a very different perspective than the usual junk offered, particularly to women over 50, (or any women who aspire to someday be 50, so hopefully that includes all women.) Some, but not all, men, might appreciate this as well, but male socialization is just different for men than women. Jean Shinoda Bolen explores 13 attributes that are well worth cultivating to lead a If you want to read a wonderful book that helps you get beyond the cliches about aging in America, this is it! This book provides a very different perspective than the usual junk offered, particularly to women over 50, (or any women who aspire to someday be 50, so hopefully that includes all women.) Some, but not all, men, might appreciate this as well, but male socialization is just different for men than women. Jean Shinoda Bolen explores 13 attributes that are well worth cultivating to lead a life that is satisfying, regardless of the hurdles that aging can throw at a woman. I like her advice to show up, pay attention, say what you think, and not get too attached to the outcome. She modifies this last part for those situations where, yes, we're going to be VERY attached the outcome, because it involves our loved ones. For these situations, she says, "pray for the best," rather than "don't be attached to the outcome."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Anastos

    I have found wisdom and guidance in Jean Shinolda Bolen's books since I read "Crossing to Avalon" many years ago. This book is short and pithy. Very short and very pithy. It is, in fact, concentrated...like sun-dried tomato paste or pomegranate syrup. My own desire would have been for more depth and development, but its advantage as it stands is in an almost haiku quality. I read it, one chapter a night, for several nights and reading it that way makes it a form of meditation. I suspect it would I have found wisdom and guidance in Jean Shinolda Bolen's books since I read "Crossing to Avalon" many years ago. This book is short and pithy. Very short and very pithy. It is, in fact, concentrated...like sun-dried tomato paste or pomegranate syrup. My own desire would have been for more depth and development, but its advantage as it stands is in an almost haiku quality. I read it, one chapter a night, for several nights and reading it that way makes it a form of meditation. I suspect it would be a delightful gift from one woman in the crone years to a younger one just entering that stage of existence. If you are looking for honesty, humor and challenge, this is your book. However, if this is the first Bolen book you read, don't stop here! Pick up one of her others: "Goddesses for Older Women," "Crossing to Avalon," "Goddesses for Everywoman," and delve even deeper into her ideas.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Mature women working together can improve the world and themselves. Bolen examines the history of religion, gender differences, conflicting values and patriarchal agendas that have brought us to the brink of destruction and endless wars. It is up to mature women to reclaim their power and create a world that works for all of us. Seems to be a timely message...we need equal representation of women and men in positions of influence and power to bring balance, equity and peace to the planet. Crone Mature women working together can improve the world and themselves. Bolen examines the history of religion, gender differences, conflicting values and patriarchal agendas that have brought us to the brink of destruction and endless wars. It is up to mature women to reclaim their power and create a world that works for all of us. Seems to be a timely message...we need equal representation of women and men in positions of influence and power to bring balance, equity and peace to the planet. Crones speak the truth with compassion, don’t grovel, and they choose a path with heart. Good book for our times...a quick read and much to think about. I will read it again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    There are 3 phases of a woman's life: waxing, full and waning or otherwise known as maiden, mother and crone. A crone is not a bad thing. It refers to a woman who is in or past menopause and is at a stage in her life where others' peoples opinions dont matter so much anymore. She has grown into herself, knows who she is and what has madew her strong are all the struggles she had on the way to getting to this point. The book is short, just a little over 100 pgs. and is full of wit and humo There are 3 phases of a woman's life: waxing, full and waning or otherwise known as maiden, mother and crone. A crone is not a bad thing. It refers to a woman who is in or past menopause and is at a stage in her life where others' peoples opinions dont matter so much anymore. She has grown into herself, knows who she is and what has madew her strong are all the struggles she had on the way to getting to this point. The book is short, just a little over 100 pgs. and is full of wit and humor and wisdom. Some of the phylosophy was not what I believe but, that's ok, I can look past that and chew on the real meat the author is serving here.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This book was way too short! I argue that if we have made it to this age in one piece, whining has not been a big part of our lives. I know it hasn't been part of mine. Bitching, yes, whining, no . And there is a whale of a difference. I have a sign in my bathroom that reminds me everyday that we don't whine. Another in the kitchen reminding guests to breathe more and whine less. They work, most of the time.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dottie

    Read this a second time on the train March 9th. Pencil in hand the second time around. Still arather "meh" response however. There are bits well worth having read and a couple of spottieds well into other reading I've been doing of late but I'm not in the right place for this one at the moment perhaps or others held more for me. It's small and pithy so give it a shot if it sound at lall right for you.

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