Book Review ~ Becoming a Sage: Discovering Life’s Lessons, One Story at a Time Paperback – February 16, 2016 by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse

Becoming A Sage: Discovering Life’s Lessons,
One Story at a Time by Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse

The art of becoming a sage mixes personal life experience with learning from ancient and historical people who have gathered their own wisdom. Sages know that they stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before.

In Becoming a Sage, international bestselling author and master storyteller Wegscheider-Cruse encourages readers to find their own personal path through a series of short stories, lessons learned and prudent quotes that validate each experience. Her stories span deep lows and soaring highs―a lifelong journey of lessons learned and a celebration of living with those lessons. Each tale will bring solace, comfort, and joy to readers, and inspire and teach them how to record their own stories. It will bring readers through guilt, fear, and forgiveness to reach personal transformation.

Wegscheider-Cruse knows that it’s not always easy to tell our stories; they can be scary or feel too private. But, as we grow older, we find courage and confidence by deciding to become “a teller of the truth.” Our sharing is the legacy that we leave to family and friends; Becoming a Sage is the remarkable legacy Wegscheider-Cruse leaves to us all.

If you hate knowledge, then close your eyes to this wisdom

“Courageous, transparent, and insightful. Here is a memoir of a different and delightful sort.  From an early onset storyteller through challenges, successes, and failures, Sharon emerges as an elder who is aging consciously and positively—an authentic sage. Reading Sharon’s memoir is like sitting with her, sipping tea, and being in the presence of incarnate wisdom  and inspiration.”
 –Jack Williamson, chaplain, Colonel, USAF (Ret), co-facilitator, Boulder, Colorado, chapter of Sage-ing International

The force is with Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse in her latest book Becoming A Sage: Discovering Life’s Lessons, One Story at a Time (HCI Books — $15.95). As a framework for gaining wisdom, Wegscheider-Cruse reveals the secret elements that give power to becoming a “human ‘being’ rather than a human ‘doing’.”

“Sages are powerful and wise…Sages take their earned wisdom and manifest it in their outer worlds…”

Confined into a two-part book, Wegscheider-Cruse generously offers lessons she has learned from her personal experiences from the early years to the golden years and ends with a finishing touch on the essentials of being a sage. This book is purposed to encourage everyone to reflect their own experiences, write them down and rather than ignoring them, share them over and over again. Becoming A Sage is a blueprint for the world to share their experiences. “When we have meetings of sages, imagine the wisdom shared!”

In part one, Wegscheider-Cruse shares short, clipped memories of her own life journey—”the deep lows, the soaring highs, the mundane and the magnificent.” In a cozy storytelling manner, she builds a relationship with her readers as if they were her very own child. Each short story is accompanied with the lesson she learned from that moment in her life.

“Transformation is the path to becoming a sage… We are never finished products; each time we add new learning to what we know, we become wiser…It is important that our stories do not wither and die with us.”

Part two briefly and concisely defines what a sage is and how to become one. With nurturing precision, each sentence in part two offers clarity on how an individual fulfills their life’s purpose. “Experience. Glean wisdom. Transform. Change… We transform as we fully experience life.”

Highlights from the book of Sage qualities include:

•    Think clearly. They are not overwhelmed or scattered.
•    Work out problems. They don’t stay stuck or confused.
•    Make decisions. They don’t procrastinate or waver.
•    Make things happen. They know someday is now.
•    Influence events. They are leaders rather that followers.
•    Win the respect of others. They don’t demand it.
•    Take charge of a situation. They don’t wait needlessly.
•    Have a vision and carry it out. They don’t accept current circumstances.
•    Be a force that unifies. They are creators, not destroyers.

The short stories, the lessons learned and the wisdom given in Becoming A Sage helps the reader to find tranquility as they examine their own life. This is a book to pay attention to for many generations to come, as wisdom is always timeless. This book will never leave the reader’s bookshelf, and just might have sitting next to it a collection of the reader’s own short stories and life lessons.

About the Author:

Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse is the founding Chairperson of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and founder of Onsite Workshops. She has brought hope and healing to millions as an author, counselor, trainer, consultant, and lecturer.  She has written 18 books translated into 13 languages, and broke ground and fostered a movement with her works, Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family and Learning to Love Yourself. Sharon has traveled the world and developed programs in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada, and has appeared on The Phil Donahue Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Larry King Show, as well as in multiple media events.

To order directly from the publisher, contact: or (800) 441-5569
Becoming a Sage: Discovering Life’s Lessons, One Story at a Time
ISBN: 978-0-7573-1904-4

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