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'Bob's words are a burning bush calling us away from retirement and into 'refirement.' Read and get ready for the best part of your life!' -- Max Lucado|'Nearly everyone past 40 has a choice. Do I drift into old age? Or do I believe the best years of my life are still ahead of me? If you choose the second alternative, you will need a game plan, and this book will help you design it.' -- Lyle E. Schaller|'With this book, there are no more excuses for postponing or evading the decision about what to do with the second half of your life -- the half after age 40 or 45.' -- Peter F. Drucker|'This successor to 'Halftime,' his book on stock-taking at midlife, gives you the step-by-step instructions for doing what he had earlier simply recommended. If you are trying to decide what comes next for you, this is the book to help you do it.' -- William Bridges, , Author|'If you are in your 40s or 50s, you may already be thinking of retirement. Bob Buford looks you in the eye and asks 'retire from what, to do what?' In an open and engaging way, 'Game Plan' tells us how and why everyone in the middle years of their life needs to change their view of success. Bob's own story of moving from mere achievement to magnified significance is inspiring, but more important, it is also a good map for those eager to embrace the future. So if you'd like to do what you really want to do for the next 30 years or so, reading 'Game Plan' is a strategic place to start.' -- Dr. Stephen A. Hayner, , President|'Bob Buford again encourages us to wake up to what really matters in life, and then challenges us to have the fortitude to plan and live accordingly.' -- Dennis Bakke, , President|''Game Plan' is the next step in the journey toward purpose-driven living. Bob has written another winner!' -- Dr. Rick Warren, , Senior Pastor|'This book succeeds hugely, in describing the predictable moments of midlife passage, plotting the longitude and latitude of a man or woman's 40s and 50s. Buford is this era's cartographer to the human soul.' -- David G. Bradley, , Chairman|'Bob Buford lays out in crystal clear terms those ideologies and lifestyle approaches that make the mature years satisfying and meaningful. He gives a clear vision and sense of direction for a meaningful follow-up to the first half.' -- Norman Brinker, , Chairman|'Bob Buford challenges us to enjoy and appreciate the second half of life's journey. It is our chance to exert our greatest influence. 'Game Plan' offers great commonsense instructions to map the way. I highly recommend it.' -- Carl Sewell, , Chairman|'In 'Halftime' Bob Buford deeply struck a chord with thousands of middle-agers who yearn for something more. Now with 'Game Plan' he shows them how to find it. Inspired by Bob's own remarkable midlife transition, these two books open a whole new world of possibilities for a generation uniquely positioned to give, and by giving to receive.' -- William T. Solomon, , Chairman|'Though obviously a very committed Christian, Bob Buford's writings are applicable to individuals of any faith. He appropriately challenges all of us to make a difference in 'Halftime' and helps us to develop our individual road map in 'Game Plan.' His guidance should give readers the opportunity to fulfill their dreams in a much more significant way than in the first half of their life.' -- Ronald G. Steinhart, , Chairman|''Game Plan' guides us in our efforts to convert good intentions into effective and fulfilling action. It's an invaluable tool to produce results.' -- J. McDonald Williams, , Chairman|'Bob Buford's first book, 'Halftime,' made a great impact on me. I needed that focused perspective! His sincere commitment to significance in life is an inspiration to many, including me. I'm excited about the opportunity to take another journey with Bob in 'Game Plan.'' -- Elvis L. Mason, , Managing Partner|'Bob Buford's 'Halftime' is one of the best books I've ever read on making the rest of your life the best of your life. In 'Game Plan,' Bob takes his good thinking and shows you step-by-step how to make the second half of your life really work.' -- Kent Edwards, , Coauthor|'Bob is really in touch with the issues that challenge me and, I suspect, many other men. His wisdom combined with his thoughtful suggestions and challenges make his books truly unique.' -- Steven S. Reinemund, , Chairman and CEO|'In this book, Bob Buford helps us understand how to implement your game plan for the second half, with a goal-line objective of significance.' -- C. William Pollard, , Chairman of the Board|'Bob Buford has done a remarkable job of taking stock at life's intersections, then finding fresh ways to leverage his experiences, energies, and resources in service to others. Many find his insights catalysts for growth.' -- Harold L. Myra, , President and Chief Executive Officer

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In his best-selling book, Halftime, Bob Buford showed us that we aren't experiencing a midlife crisis that's winding us down to our retirement years, but a break in the game that can prepare us for the most exciting half of life. In Game Plan, Buford offers a practical way to move from success to significance-and customize a strategy that will take the reader where he or she wants to be in the future. Here are the hands-on tools for attaining one's highest dreams, and shaping a career and personal life that are more meaningful than ever.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310229081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310229087
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Phillips on November 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a gem and will impact the design for the rest of your life. It offers a critical challenge and practical strategies for creating significance in the second half of life. Bob Buford presents a refreshing view for being active in our middle and senior years. He cites that our accumulated experience and wisdom over our first 20 professional years have prepared us to truly take our gifts and talents to another level, to contribute to the lives of many, and to leave a legacy that continues to make a positive difference after we're gone. His insights are valuable. His recommendations work well. His references to God and Christian principles are sensitively presented and make good sense regardless of the reader's stance on faith. I've been using the strategies effectively for the past 6 months. I have an enhanced personal vision and purpose and an expanded set of goals for my next several decades. I highly recommend this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2003
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Game Plan is an excellent read for those who are struggling with their purpose and significance in life.
Among some of the excellent points Buford mentions are:
1. The first half of life is spent on someone else's agenda while the second half is more about your true self.
2. Learn to say no to many good things.
3. We must have time alone with God and let Him speak to us.
4. Eventually, you will have to take a chance in the second half of your life (career, relationships, interests, etc).
5. The second half of your life can be much better than the first half.
All in all, an excellent read for the person who wants to finish well!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2002
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For those who have climbed the "ladder of success" and then wondered "is that all there is?", this book will help direct one in their pursuit of real meaning in life. While being driven from the early days of our first career to achieve "success" in line with the secular world, it is helpful to reflect on how our life can move to being of value to others. In redirecting our developed skills and ambitions, we can uncover real satisfaction and meaning from our contributions. Highly recommended for those who have already "achieved" much, but are looking to "significance" for the remaining years.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joel S. Frady on November 2, 2009
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Game Plan has some commendable content. Buford is seeking to debunk the myth that the second half of life is all about decline and lack of meaning. He holds out the promise that the second half can be the most purposeful and fulfilling time of life. Buford does a great job of pointing the reader away from retirement as the goal of work and toward ideas like meaning and legacy as its goals.
My main concern with the book is its idealism. The author seemed to have nothing to say to those who have struggled through the first half of life. It seems to speak only to those who have had success. I don't know how this book applies to one who has struggled through the first half years and indeed there are many, who, because of bad choices and/or bad timing, have not "made it." Not everyone has had the combination of skill and timing that Buford had that made him a success in the first half. This book left me with the problematic idea that those who have struggled to find success in the first half will not be able to find significance in the second half, which I have seen in real life is not always the case. Additionally, I would have liked to have seen more clarity regarding the role of the spiritual life in shaping our approach to the second half of life. I desired a more specifically Christian and biblical treatment of the subject, though I know his purpose was to appeal to any reader. Overall, I would not recommend the book to anyone, but would recommend it to those who have had a measure of success in the first half and are wondering where to go from here.
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