Do you ever wonder if the best of life is in the past? Are you longing for more passion and purpose in the second half of your life? Take a deep breath and prepare for a great adventure as Dale Hanson Bourke resoundingly affirms that midlife is a time for reflection but also a time for action. In Embracing Your Second Calling, she challenges women to respond to God's call specifically for this season of life and offers practical ideas for finding new meaning.
Bourke's vulnerability and story-driven approach offers essential principles and specific suggestions as well as interactive elements including:
Questions for reflection and going deeper Ideas on how to become more involved Prayers for wisdom and commitment Action steps for moving forward
For women searching for God's purpose and passion in middle age and beyond this book offers an inspirational road map to meaning and adventure.
In this wonderful lesson on the book of Ruth, Bourke particularly focuses on Ruth's mother-in-law, Naomi, and the wonderful things that happen to her in the "second half of her life".Filled with annectdotal quips and comments regarding her own life, and those of so many others, as well, Bourke brings us from the middle-age doldrums, to a new awakening of what a woman over fifty years of age can really become!When so many woman seem to have peaked early in life, fulfilling, it seems, all of their dreams, what comes after fifty? What comes when the children leave home? What comes when they have retired from their career? Or what comes if they have done absolutely nothing until they turn fifty?Is it the beginning of the end? Is it the end?Bourke brings us to an awareness of what God has in store for women who are now, literally, in their prime!God has brought us through the small children, through the struggles to get and maintain and even excel in a career, through difficult marriages, through the pressures of being the perfect wife-mother-career person, into an age where we now have a modicum of wisdom, and can obtain all - for His glory!I expected to find a talented writer who could shed some small insight into my life as I opened this book. Instead, I found a wake-up call! Affirmation that the career path I have chosen was correct for me. And affirmation that God isn't through working with me yet!This should be a must read for all women over the age of fifty!It should be read thoughtfully, even prayerfully, and let the Spirit of God touch your heart as you read this marvellous work!I give this book my 5-star rating![DISCLOSURE: Thomas Nelson, Inc. provided me with a copy of this book free of charge for review. All recommendations or opinions herein noted are my own and do not reflect this exchange.]read more
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Like more than 40 million other middle-aged American women, Bourke is coming to terms with aging. A successful businesswoman and author (The Skeptic's Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis), Bourke was depressed by her 50th birthday. She uses the biblical story of Naomi from the Book of Ruth as a model for life's second act. Life inevitably entails loss: of youth, social status, physical robustness. But what comes next can be rich and authentic, Bourke argues. The author draws much on her own life and circumstances in sketching an arc for fulfillment through service to what is truly important. Some may find her too self-absorbed, a common complaint about the sizable baby boom cohort. But many of her age peers will find something of use in the many practical suggestions she offers, or nod in agreement with one of many insights. Bourke is at her best when she writes about the trips to Africa she has taken, which moved her quite literally outside her comfort zone. This is a book that women of a certain age may wish to give to friends. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved