Bestselling author and top Washington journalist Iris Krasnow has written a book every woman should read, especially those coming into their forties and beyond. Surrendering to Yourself is a wonderful wake-up call to go for your dreams as you embark on the second half of your life.
Using her own personal insights and experiences as a glamorous writer and journalist, then a wife and mom of four rambunctious boys struggling to find balance, Krasnow’s story is about the emptiness that can overwhelm women when their kids are grown and they find themselves alone again with too much time on their hands. What do you do with the rest of your life, especially when you’ve spent the first part of it either pursuing dreams that weren’t yours, raising a family and losing your self, or immersing yourself in relationships with men? These are some of the powerful and crucial questions the author asks as she embarks on her own journey to fill herself back up before her nest at home empties.
In her past books, Surrendering to Marriage and Surrendering to Motherhood, Krasnow introduced us to her once wild and wooly life as a career woman of major ambition, a hugely successful journalist covering every beat from fashion to celebrities to the big players in politics. Then came love, then came marriage, then came four boys in a baby carraige, and the author’s life was sent reeling as she struggled to keep her own footing amidst the personal upheavals of her life. Could she have it all? That major question that served as the underlying foundation for those two previous books finds its resolution here in her third installment, Surrendering to Yourself, and the culmination of her journey thus far is inspiring and empowering in so many ways.
This is a book that women will cherish, especially those of us looking for our place between motherhood and career, and longing to find a stronger sense of self in a busy, crazy world that doesn’t care if our dreams ever come true. With tons of humor, wisdom and heartwrenching sentiment, Iris Krasnow helps us as readers come to terms with our own needs, and teaches us how to surrender to our hearts, even as the kids are crying and the husband is late and the boss is complaining. There are also plenty of stories of men and women Krasnow has met along her life path who personify the proverbial “search for self” and tell of their own successes and failures along the way.
I got so much out of this book because of my own personal situation, working on a writing career with a little toddler also demanding my love and attention (not to mention a husband who would like a little somethin’ somethin’ now and then!). I laughed and cried all through this book, finding so much that I could learn from and relate to, and I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone, man or woman, who wants to find a way to be truly alive and happy without losing themselves in the process.
I don’t know if the author is planning another Surrender book, but if she writes it, I will buy it. She is more than just a talented writer; she is a woman on a mission to save herself, and whomever else she can take with her along the way.