Life Your Way Reviews

“Life Your Way is down to earth, wise, charming and, above all, chock full of common sense.”

— George Vaillant, MD, Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, January, 2011

“Maine psychologist Amy Wood has written a new self-help book that, rather than overpromise, actually empowers the reader.”

– Portland Press Herald

“This book offers sage advice on finding success, facilitating growth and overcoming challenges in life.  Wood writes in a pragmatic and straightforward style that translates well to the subject matter, and delivers it all with a good sense of humor.”

—  Maine Magazine

“Reading Life Your Way is like indulging in a restorative cup of coffee with a favorite mentor. Delivered in a commonsensible, clear, and concise style, Dr. Wood’s matter of fact wisdom will transport you away from the pressures of your everyday life and into a place of greater clarity, direction, and self-appreciation.   By the time you finish this immensely enjoyable book, you will feel enlightened and uplifted, with an assured sense of who you are and what’s important to you.  You’ll have a perspective that will let you simultaneously carry out your inner wisdom and deal head-on with the real, unrelenting world.”

— Anne Milford, co-author of How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy

“Life Your Way provides an original approach to the problems that plague most of us: overwhelming information and demands. Wood offers practical ideas to refashion your process for work and life and then urges you to take the steering wheel. Few books go beyond ‘pump you up’ rhetoric, but this one is packed with powerful examples and clear advice, making navigating  the overwhelm possible.”

Jennifer Comeau, President, I-Amplitude Consulting and Coaching

“Dr. Wood offers an engaging, thoughtful, and page-turning book with plenty of examples from her many clients and from her own life experiences to help readers 
develop a realistic plan for a more satisfying life. Each chapter ends with practical homework assignments to move the reader in a more productive direction. Her book both instructs and motivates and is likely to be a helpful resource for many.”

Thomas Plante, Ph.D., Author of Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy, Blogger for Psychology Today

“Amy gets to the heart of the matter in true-to-life scenarios we can relate to. Whether it’s shaking up our career, valuing innate abilities we might take for granted, or understanding what’s really behind a desire for a new job, we can benefit from Amy’s no-nonsense approach to situations that keep us stuck.”

Barbara Babkirk, Founder, Heart At Work Career Counseling

“Reading Life Your Way is like sitting in a chair next to Dr. Wood and having her talk to you like a friend, mentor and psychologist, all in one. Develop a relationship with your intuition and you will find success on your own terms is her core message and it is delivered in a captivating, conversational manner interlaced with stories from her own life and from those of her clients. In a world overloaded with self-help books, as she candidly points out, Life Your Way is unique in that it tells us we have all the self-help we need already, in our intuition, if we just take the time to cultivate it. Dr. Wood gives us a new “blueprint” on how to do that with exercises and ways to “Apply the Wisdom.” Life Your Way is a practical, grounded, and inspiring book that offers the perfect prescription to cure our overwhelmed and overbusy lives.

— Susanna Liller, Author of Circle Power

“Life Your Way is a delightful and thought-provoking book. Dr. Wood makes her message—that all of us have what we already need to make the changes we desire (or not) in life—very accessible through her highly engaging writing style. The “Apply the Wisdom” part of each chapter allows readers to consider the advice they have just read and apply it as they wish to their own personal situations. I see this being a popular title for any public library to own.”

— Stephanie Limmer, Director, Kennebunk Free Library

“Dr. Amy Wood has written a modern self-help book with a fresh approach to revitalizing adult anxiety. Rather than relying on cliché gender stereotypes, she respectfully speaks to her audience like complex people who have diverse needs and unique developmental paths. Her message targets the hyper fast-food culture we live in and offers an antidote of balance, slowing down, being thoughtful, knowing oneself, and taking control, rather than seeking to be more and do more in order to adapt.

The book contains client cases, relatable anecdotes, and personal stories and reflections that are genuine, unpretentious, self-reflective, and honest. In addition, each chapter ends with challenging and fun exercises to help practice the chapter themes. The author includes many concepts in psychology throughout the text (existential anxiety, reinforcement strategies, cognitive distortions, etc.) that can be understood by any audience with or without a background in the field. 

The book is written with a sort of “folk wisdom style” which is neither pretentious nor dumbed-down. She presents as a kind-of “expert anti-expert” who both recognizes the strengths of expert advice and the weaknesses of over-relying on the barrage of information that exists intended to empower us. Not surprisingly, her style in this regard seems to mimic the message she intends audiences to grasp. 

All in all, I found this to be a refreshing read for those who are re-examining their lives and looking for the support and wisdom to slow down, find meaning, and both appreciate and challenge what the modern world has to offer.”

— Jack S. Kahn, Ph.D., Author of An Introduction to Masculinities

“Life Your Way is like a cool glass of water on a hot day.  It sustains and satisfies.”

Mary Preuss Olson, Founder and Director, The Magnificent Living Institute

“Dr. Wood is as engaging, down-to-earth, and stimulating from the page as she is when she speaks in front of an audience. Her calm, affirming, and very wise voice is easy to hear as you read, and her guidance is inspiring, motivating, and refreshingly to the point. No matter where you are in life or where you want to go, Dr. Wood makes you feel confident that you can make the personal and professional changes you desire.”

Julia Kirby, Development Director, St. Lawrence Arts Center

– Life Your Way offers a compelling approach on how to manage the constant “Go, Do, Be Better” stresses inherent with living in the 21st century. Rather than offering strategies that deplete our “inner strength” by offering formulaic advice, Dr. Wood’s approach is to guide us to use our intuition and inner knowing as critical tools to help us find the balance and confidence to restructure how we manage the hectic, busy aspects of life. By focusing on our strengths and encouraging the use of our innate wisdom and intuition, Dr. Wood provides us with key ideas and reflective exercises that will guide us to find our own balance and harmony.

— Jeanne Whynot-Vickers, Director of Educational Excellence, Learning Works

“Amy Wood has written a new and improved addition to the self-help genre because she has had the confidence to see and to understand that expert advice doesn’t help if it doesn’t show us how we can move forward in ways that are our own. Your Way, as her title says, is what you want to improve, as her fresh and encouraging argument leads her reader to understand. Life Your Way is found in a respectful reliance on your own values, preferences, and desires at every step of any course you want to follow. She uses the strong imagery of personal intuition, self-guidance of an intimate and confident kind. Her book goes step-by-step through exercises and reflections that are reliable because they rest on what is already yours. She does not beguile with ideas of growth that would require you to live by the standards of anyone else, or distract with promises of rewards and prizes you wouldn’t want to own.

Finally, this is a friendly book written by a knowledgeable psychologist who has a gift for writing about the lessons of life, and offers what she has learned as a gift to others. Her warmth and encouragement shine through, with a steady confidence that you will be able to make good use of it to continue your growth Your Way. I heartily recommend this book, and I confidently expect you to enjoy it and benefit from reading it

— Robert L. Powers, Retired Distinguished Service Professor, Adler School of Professional Psychology

“Just as I would have expected! Amy Wood has produced an intelligent, articulate, and thought-provoking book.  Her solid good sense offers a refreshing reframe on finding your way in this frenetic world. This book goes way beyond mere platitudes, providing a perspective that is both down-to-earth and accessible. By offering glimpses into the lives and challenges of her clients, not to mention her generosity in sharing so much of herself on these pages, Amy Wood gives readers confidence that they too can succeed and find their own way.”

— Barbara Wilson, Professional Development Instructor, Hillsborough Community College

“Just as I would have expected! Amy Wood has produced an intelligent, articulate, and thought-provoking book.  Her solid good sense offers a refreshing reframe on finding your way in this frenetic world. This book goes way beyond mere platitudes, providing a perspective that is both down-to-earth and accessible. By offering glimpses into the lives and challenges of her clients, not to mention her generosity in sharing so much of herself on these pages, Amy Wood gives readers confidence that they too can succeed and find their own way.”
Barbara Wilson, Professional Development Instructor, Hillsborough Community College 

“Just as I would have expected! Amy Wood has produced an intelligent, articulate, and thought-provoking book.  Her solid good sense offers a refreshing reframe on finding your way in this frenetic world. This book goes way beyond mere platitudes, providing a perspective that is both down-to-earth and accessible. By offering glimpses into the lives and challenges of her clients, not to mention her generosity in sharing so much of herself on these pages, Amy Wood gives readers confidence that they too can succeed and find their own way.”

Barbara Wilson, Professional Development Instructor, Hillsborough Community College