Six Months Off
NON FICTION BOOK REVIEW
Title:Six Months Off;
by: Hope Dlugozima, James Scott, and David Sharp;
Henry Holt and Company; ISBN: 0-8050-3745-4;
paperback, 267 pages,
Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Readers will be grateful to the authors. Hope Dlugozima,
James Scott, and David Sharp have taken away the ignorance and left us only to
wonder why not. "
Sabbaticals -- not a new idea, but one receiving increasing use in these days of
``The Chinese have a saying: ` The person who returns from a journey is never
quite the same person who began it,` `` This is why so many, perhaps including
yourself, are seeking a respite to assess their past and prepare for a positively
Six Months Off is touted as ``a complete guide to planning and taking the break
you've dreamed of, without losing your job...`` For a change the promise
matches the reality. The authors have gone beyond the obvious in compiling
the essential how-to volume for those requiring re-direction in their lives.
Dlugozima, Scott, and Sharp have removed the mystery and misinterpretation
surrounding the use of the sabbatical as a business and personal tool. Their
clear headed analysis and recommendations enable the reader to plan all
aspects of a hoped-for period of renewal.
The authors bring extensive qualifications to the task; they are all professional
journalists, and each has taken sabbaticals. This knowledge colors their
over-the-shoulder examination of the experiences of others whose stories
appear in the book. It provides the comprehensive base from which they
draw their recommendations.
In providing guidance the authors offer readers an infinite variety of methods
for renewal; from backpack and bicycle trips, intensive study, and dramatic
culture change, to extended foreign travel. It all contributes to the benefits
of the sabbatical, only the vehicle for renewal changes.
While the book was written primarily for the U.S. market, non American
readers will have little difficulty interpreting the information to their own
locale and searching out comparable sources of assistance in their
Of particular help are the chapters that counsel a commonsense approach
to planning not only for the necessary finances but setting the groundwork
and rules for negotiating with coworkers, family members and superiors,
to bring them all onside, for what is still considered by many as a radical step.
Sabbaticals can be of benefit to everyone, at any age. What holds back
the majority of those of us most in need of change, is fear of the unknown.
The same irrational fear that stops so many humans from great accomplishments.
Readers will be grateful to the authors. Hope Dlugozima, James Scott,
and David Sharp have taken away the ignorance and left us only to
wonder why not.
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