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Oprah's Book Club pick

A New York Times best seller

Best-selling author, life coach and sociologist Martha Beck explains why 'integrity' - being in harmony with ourselves - is the key to a meaningful and joyful life.

In The Way of Integrity, Beck presents a four-stage process that anyone can use to find integrity, and with it, a sense of purpose, emotional healing, and a life free of mental suffering. Much of what plagues us - people pleasing, staying in stale relationships, negative habits - all point to what happens when we are out of touch with what truly makes us feel whole.

Inspired by The Divine Comedy, Beck uses Dante's classic hero's journey as a framework to break down the process of attaining personal integrity into small, manageable steps. She shows how to read our internal signals that lead us towards our true path, and to recognize what we actually yearn for versus what our culture sells us.

With techniques tested on hundreds of her clients, Beck brings her expertise as a social scientist, life coach and human being to help readers to uncover what integrity looks like in their own lives. She takes us on a spiritual adventure that not only will change the direction of our lives, but bring us to a place of genuine happiness. 

©2021 Martha Beck (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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"This radiant book will not only change your life, but perhaps even save it." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

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Exquisite and practical - a treasure

I’d been feeling really low, and on reaching out to a great friend I’d explained how I perceived inner conflict within me, and she suggested I’d like this book and she bought it for me. This has been the most perfect book to help lift me from intense internal mental conflict. I found it relatable, realistic, practical, and overall, optimistic. It’s helping me feel grounded that my inner pain has a purpose, and the purpose is leading me to peace on earth. I have a paper copy too as an extra reference for the exercises. Here’s the key - don’t just listen to it, actually DO the exercises. Or at least do some as you listen once, then you’ll likely feel the pull of integrity to go listen again and do them all.

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  • 12-05-21

Wonderful

If you have trauma or you are depressed or you just don’t know where to go next in life, read this.
Utterly brilliant.

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A brilliant thought provoking book

Even if you already live in integrity there’s some great pearls of wisdom in here and it’s an enjoyable listen.,

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Incredible

This book should become part of every national curriculum. The whole world should read this book. Immediately.

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Life-changing (no, really)

I've read more than my fair share of 'self-help' books, in search of meaning, answers and methods I could apply to my life. Not one of them has come close to really speaking to me, inspiring me and inciting me like this one. Even though I knew little about Martha Beck until I read it, I immediately connected with her style and her take on life and how to live with integrity (spoiler alert: it's much much more than the moral integrity we are used to using that word for). I've listened all through, three times now. I make positive changes to my life on every listen. I may only ever listen to this one book until I've burned through all my hell gates! Thank you, Martha. Truly.

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Life changing

Martha has put words to what I could feel but couldn’t explain. Amazing. Find your way to integrity.

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A way to your highest truth

I was eagerly looking for a book to further nourish my soul, help me move past these challenging times and create clarity in certain areas of my life for me and my clients and I am grateful to the universe for guiding me to this book. Thank you Martha for your authenticity, wisdom, leadership and guidance especially in these times. My heart is grateful. I send you and your beloved prayers of peace and harmony.

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Elixir for Lionhearts

How to describe such an all encompassing book of wisdom told in an incredibly engaging way. Part of me wants to thrust it into the hands of everyone I know but instead I'm putting it on repeat.

There was only one short section where the integrity of the story felt 'off'...which was in Chapter 14 where Martha has a 'we are dooooomed' rant, but this tangent is redeemed in the final Chapter and maybe was an intentional reality check.

Otherwise the book rang so, so true.

Thankyou Martha Beck.

Your courage, your lion heart, is an inspiration.

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Wonderful

I found the whole book a wonderful transformative experience.
It was an honest and open journey where Martha lay her struggles and challenges for all to read /listen and move forward with her . All paralleled with Dante and his journey.
The exercises along the way allowed the listener to stop, reflect and question where they are at that moment in their lives.
Loved it. Thank you Martha

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Profound on many levels

Nice pace and I enjoyed the exercises along the way even though I just thought them through (as listening in the car to and from work). Lots of profound moments that I pulled over to bookmark/jot down.

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The way to Peace

An incredible gift to mankind. A Manuel to freedom, please read more than once! Thank you Martha for Be-ing so brave to make this book possible.

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  • 10-04-22

Incredible, I want to hear it again!

The story of the author, the wisdom, the exercises, this book is a powerful tool to guide you to the journey of finding your true self

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  • amanda
  • 24-08-21

Life changing

I’ve listened to this book slowly, pausing a few weeks between the sections to digest these profound and delightful teachings. I’ve replayed each chapter many times and I’m grateful to have this soul teacher on my life journey.

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  • 21-06-21

Guide for finding and nourishing your true self

It's a metaphorical manual to the inner and outer peace and happiness. Listening to this book is a mindful meditation for me.

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  • 09-06-21

loved loved loved

loved this book so much, have and will continue to share it with many and will go back to the beginning and start again, making more notes!

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  • 01-05-21

Martha at her best

Martha's work is always an absolute joy to listen to, she makes complex concepts accessible through practical examples and supportive exercises. I wished the book would have gone on longer.