Family counselor and author Jane Wyker, says choosing to be “soul selfish” is the most vital lesson a woman can learn, at any age. Her memoir, Soul Selfish: The Awakening of a “Good Girl” (Lioncrest, June 2016), traces Wyker’s path of overcoming multi-generational and cultural influences, shedding conditioned beliefs, behaviors and roles, and gradually taking ownership of her own womanhood.
Soul Selfish: The Awakening of a “Good Girl”
Soul Selfish: The Awakening of a “Good Girl” (Lioncrest, June 2016) explains the importance of becoming aligned with your true self to create a path to sustained happiness.
In Soul Selfish, Wyker illustrates how her childhood patterns of being a “good girl” continued into mid-life, as she routinely prioritized others’ needs and desires before her own. Through insightful and spiritually uplifting stories, she shares her journey towards happiness, creativity, freedom and peace possible for anyone dedicated to honoring their authentic self—their soul.
Recounting a remarkable life story that spans eight decades, Soul Selfish illustrates the happiness, creativity, freedom and peace possible for anyone dedicated to honoring their authentic self. Wyker looks back on her life with the unique perspective and wisdom that only time provides to reveal how true, lasting happiness can be achieved when we dare to be selfish for our soul. She credits her 46-year immersion in diverse psychological and spiritual teachings for her enlightenment. Soul Selfish, traces Wyker’s path of overcoming multi-generational and cultural influences, shedding conditioned beliefs, behaviors and roles, and gradually taking ownership of her own womanhood.
About Jane Wyker
Jane Wyker, an 80-year-young accomplished family counselor, former teacher and spiritual explorer, is a smart, passionate woman, eager to share the fruits of her forty-six-year inner journey. Her memoir, a début book, aims to do just that.
Wyker experienced many of life’s challenges — marriage, parenting, divorce, indebtedness, career-building, forgiveness and loss. She believes that her stories will inspire women around the world, and the men who love them, to honor their true, authentic selves.
After her 18-year first marriage ended in divorce, she started her career as a parent educator, a brand new concept in 1977. She opened a school for parents, became known for her innovative program and quickly expanded into facilitating women’s personal development groups. In response to requests from participants, Wyker began counseling private clients about marriage and family issues, career, addiction and loss. She later developed a corporate seminar program focusing on parenting skills and balancing work and family responsibilities for working mothers. It was a topic she understood intimately as she managed her thriving career while raising her four children and pursuing her own spiritual growth.
Wyker earned an early childhood development degree from Cornell University and has spent decades studying psychological and spiritual personal development principles from master teachers.
When she is not spending time with her children, six grandchildren or traveling the world with her second husband of thirty years, she enjoys practicing Pilates, playing tennis, dancing and blogging on women’s issues.
My review: 4/5
As I inched towards midlife I started to realize the importance of giving my own needs the respect and value they deserved. So when I read the title of this book, I realized that it was one I certainly wanted to read. I’m happy to report that I was not disappointed.
I loved the authenticity and honesty of Jane Wyker’s writing. Taking us from her early years to the present time, the author shares her responses to life’s challenges. It’s rich with insight and really shows us the journey of a soul that struggles and grows, deals with loss, learns to forgive herself and live with compassion.
The book was successful in making me take a good look into my life, which any good book does.
I would recommend this wonderful, true story if you’re looking to get more authentic and live with soul.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.