- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (April 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031033070X
- ISBN-13: 978-0310330707
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Finishing Well: The Adventure of Life Beyond Halftime Paperback – April 5, 2011
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It's never too late (or too early) to begin finishing well!
In wanting to encourage you to finish well, author Bob Buford has gone to lunch with "some of the smartest people on the planet" and invited you to join them. People such as Peter Drucker, Jim Collins, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, George Gallup, Howard Hendricks, Roger Staubach and Bill Pollard detail how they've gone beyond success to significance in their 40s and beyond, and by their words, you can learn how you too can accomplish work that has eternal purpose and meaning until the day you die.
SOME OF THEIR PEARLS OF WISDOME INCLUDE:
"If people see their best years behind them, they're probably not going to finish very well, because you can't finish well when you're going backwards."
"We can retire from our jobs but we can never retire from our calling."
"We live pale and empty lives here on earth because we're ignorant about what lies ahead, and we need to see that the dimensions of life are so much greater than what we can see, hear, and touch today."
"We are made to work; and to maintain meaning in our lives, we need to be engaged in work that has meaning and purpose."
"People who achieve have a habit of achievement that begs for sustaining."
"As long as you're able to do something meaningful, why would you want to go into some kind of holding pattern?"
Buford doesn't just ask these "second season trailblazers" what finishing well looks like. He lays out practical strategies and offers additional valuable perspective that can ready you for a rich future, whether you're 20 or 80. It's never too late (or too early) to start living a meaningful life! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Bob Buford is an entrepreneur that grew a successful cable television company in the first half of his life. In his second half, Buford founded Halftime, an organization designed to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace God's calling and move from success to significance. For outstanding resources, self-assessment tools, stories, events and experiences to help you on your Halftime journey from success to significance visit www.Halftime.org.
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The book is about 300 pages long and contains 18 chapters, some of which are titled:
It's About Finding Your Core
It's About Relationships and Priorities
It's About Family First
It's About the Power of New Purpose
It's About Putting Yourself at Risk
It's About Finding the Right Fit
and so on.
While the book has great ideas and suggestions, the application seems more for those who are financially loaded and have more freedom to do what they want to do. What about the more common average American who cannot afford to quit or cut back on their career and pursue a "higher calling"?
Quite frankly, I get more inspiration from the local newspaper when it lists a common average citizen who makes valuable contributions to the community. While I share the author's Christian beliefs, I would like remind him that Jesus spent most of His time with the common folk of His day. Also, there are many more examples in the Bible of common ordinary people (instead of the rich and/or extraordinary people like those interviewed by Mr. Buford) being mightily used by God. Reading both Old and New Testaments will bring anyone to a similar conclusion.
Perhaps the book would have been better titled "Finishing Well For Those Who Are Very Financially Prosperous".
Still, "Finishing Well" is a good read, but it could have been better had the book contained interviews with more common ordinary people.