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"Five thousand years' worth of insight distilled into one extraordinary book! In Celebrate 100, my friend Steve Franklin and his colleague Lynn Adler provide us with a fun, witty, and staggeringly insightful look into the minds and hearts of centenarians."
—Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor, North Point Ministries

"If you want to win with money or life, you need to take a good look at other people who are winning. If you want to know how to win over the long haul, you need to talk to people who have a lot of life experience under their belts and who've still come out ahead. That's exactly what you'll get in Celebrate 100."
—Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

"Anyone who has ever listened to old men tell stories in a town square or heard grandmothers and great-grandmothers chatter in the kitchen knows the sheer joy and fascination of it. Now Steve Franklin and Lynn Peters Adler have brought us a book that crackles—and cackles—with just such an experience. Their compilation of centenarian stories, 'secrets' and advice is a touching and helpful gift to our youth-obsessed age."
—Stephen Mansfield, New York Times bestselling author

"Steve Franklin and Lynn Adler have helped inspire my dad, Truett Cathy (founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A), to up his game. He now wants to live to 110, thanks in part to Celebrate 100! Read this book."
—Don M. "Bubba" Cathy, Executive Vice President, Chick-fil-A

"This book is an incredible treasure. Steve and Lynn have given us a well-organized look at many who have lived and experienced over 100 years of life. These men and women have experienced remarkable change, probably like nothing in the history of the world. I was impressed with several things. First of all, what wisdom and perspective they have. Secondly, how positive their attitudes are and finally, how fundamental their advice is. We hear all the time how 'this time it's different.' These wonderful people tell us that while the circumstances may differ, the response remains the same: 'Follow principles, not fads.' Thank you, Steve and Lynn, for giving us a book that should be on everyone's reading list."
—Ron Blue, founder of Kingdom Advisors and author of the national bestseller Master Your Money

About the Author

Steve Franklin is an author, educator, speaker, businessman and centenarian wannabe. He is passionate about capturing the wisdom, wit, and advice of centenarians across America and energetically sharing it with the younger generation.  He co-authored two major business textbooks that were adopted in hundreds of colleges and universities across America, educating thousands of college students about principles of business success. His articles have been published in over 40 publications, and his research has been reported in numerous periodicals throughout the nation including The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune and many more. He has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs, including the Gannett Broadcasting “Million Dollar Dreams” series aired throughout the country and watched by millions of viewers.

Dr. Franklin was a tenured professor and associate dean, and received the number one teaching evaluation by students three times at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He has consulted with and delivered hundreds of keynote speeches to major organizations throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, and Dubai including Coca-Cola, General Electric, Federal Express, Northwestern Mutual, UPS, AT&T, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, Chick-fil-A. While at Emory, he cofounded the Emory Center for Healthcare Leadership and now serves on the Board of Regents at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College in England and is the Chairman of the Board of Governors for The American University in Dubai. For the past several years he has visited, videotaped, interviewed, dined, danced, laughed a lot, cried a little, and even exercised with centenarians all across America to capture and share their secrets and love for long and abundant life. Steve’s goal is to live 120 years healthy, wealthy, and wise with his incredible wife, Elaine. He is over halfway there!

Lynn Peters Adler is founder and director of the nonprofit National Centenarian Awareness Project, and is an expert on the lifestyles of active centenarians. For over 20 years she has been an advocate of positive aging. Lynn conducted the first nationwide survey of centenarian lifestyles and is the author of the award-winning book Centenarians: The Bonus Years. She co-produced the first centenarian documentary, Centenarians Tell It Like It Is, which aired regionally on PBS, and authored an inspirational calendar featuring active centenarians, Age with Grace: The Centenarian Spirit, published by Cedco Publishing.

Lynn has been featured in major media, including a CNN special, Newsweek and People magazines, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and numerous local and regional media formats. She has appeared on all national television networks as well as various cable stations and radio programs. In 2008 she assisted the production and appeared in a Barbara Walters special, “Living to 150: Can You Do It?,” with four of her centenarian friends. She was a two-term member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging in Arizona, past chairman of the Phoenix Mayor’s Aging Services Commission, and member of the Arizona Attorney General’s Task Force on Elder Abuse. She founded Arizona’s Centenarian Program in 1985–1986, and was instrumental in helping other states and entities establish similar programs. Lynn is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds a law degree. She now lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and is a writer, speaker, and consultant on centenarians and aging excellently. Her web site, www.adlercentenarians.org, includes the blog Live to 100 and Beyond and is the home of the National Centenarian Awareness Project. All proceeds she receives from the sale of Celebrate 100 will go to furthering the work of NCAP.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118525647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118525647
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Thomlinson on July 20, 2013
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Celebrate 100 is a thoroughly enjoyable, well written book that presented me with humor, hundreds of years of lessons learned by very inspiring "normal people" and, perhaps most important, challenged me to think not only about my past life but how to prepare for the next 30 or more years. I am one of the "younger generation" people with respect to the centenarians featured since I am now a young 71. I found them speaking to me in my own voice on many issues. That at times was comforting but also sometimes disturbing. The humor and humility of these people, who have lived through all of my years and that of my parents, was very touching. As I read the book I made many notes of poignant quotes, examples of how life should be lived, challenging thoughts and the clear and concise analyses by the authors. Without doubt my vision of the future has been challenged. It would be so good if everyone would read these wonderful stories, learn the lessons presented and appreciate the great respect for centenarians that the authors have shown.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Lindquist on August 22, 2013
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This is a marvelous introduction to a diverse group of spectacularly long-lived individuals. These folk are proof that old age doesn't have to be a long painful drudge into that good night. Far from it! I'm in my 30s and most of the people I talk to think of old age as a mixed-up amalgamation of silliness the TV has fed them, a collage of rest home dreariness, life insurance ads tinged with melancholy resignation, and of course, tons of tons of pharmaceutical-shilling. This not an accurate picture.

Thankfully, Steve Franklin and Lynn Peters Adler are helping to even the balance by introducing us to centenarians who are still having fun, still learning new things, and most importantly failing to "act their age". They are young where it matters, keeping positive outlooks and remaining curious and enthusiastic about where life takes them. And they are mature where it matters, filled to the brim with over a century of valuable real world experience. In today's society where old-fashioned common sense is rare and dearly-needed, books like this will always come in handy. It's full of great advice. Utilize it. You will meet some wonderful people in the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan Hoffmann Textor on July 17, 2013
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As a daughter of one of the featured centenarians (Elsa Brehm Hoffmann) and the mom of Sharon Textor-Black who wrote a book about Elsa ("Elsa's Own Blue Zone"), I shared my daughter's excitement in receiving and relishing each page of this book of centenarian secrets! "Celebrate 100" is a fabulous overview of the top tips from those who have truly "been there and done that." Can we all finally, finally pay attention to these wise and 21st century elders that have lived and learned and now are sharing these secrets with us to emulate and create plenty of food for thought? We feel this book will entertain as well as teach. The photos are such a treat, too, to see these vital individuals with such strength and character. Bravo to the authors for their dedication to this research ... and to the centenarians for being so open to share their experiences and wisdom for the modern world!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kabrina S Rozine on August 13, 2013
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Too often, these wonderful stories of the past go unwritten, and there is so much to gain through reading them. I loved getting a glimpse into the lives of the many individuals featured. The stories were open and honest, with both happy moments and heartbreak. I often found myself chuckling while reading, and I found many tidbits of wisdom in the pages. What a great springboard for personal reflection! Eye opening for both the young and old, well written and enticing, this book was a fantastic read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gene on September 17, 2013
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This was a great easy and 'delightful' read peppered with wisdom to ponder. There should be a class in school on empathy and 'Celebrate 100' as required reading.
My hope would be that the young might learn enough to forecast their futures out 10 to 50 years using others lifetime experiences to structure their goals and objectives in life...... in business, personally as well as socially and financially.

Another great 'empathy' value to 'Celebrate 100' are the lessons of how us 'old people' think and what and how the younger family generation can meaningfully contribute rather than react to our needs and intersts. This should be required reading for everyone between 30 and 60 who have living parents and other relatives.

To the authors.....thanks for investing the time to research and write a most interesting chronicle of those who have 'made it'. Gene
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Pacific on July 11, 2013
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I have traveled globally for Boeing and always looked at the way people treated their senior population. Each society has a unique way in interfacing with parents and loved seniors. Celebrate 100 brings out the best in our culture sometimes hidden behind family doors. This book opens up and gives a view of the true love and affection for our amazing group of people who challenged life and brought forth exciting activities, kept steadfast in virtues, bonded with country patriotism, and applied on-going wisdom. Each section gives specific examples of their tenacity to be deeply involved Centenarians. This book is the kind I like to read while traveling. It's 5 star hit and gives insight to our own lives. Gary Pacific-Global Traveler
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