Foretalk: The 7 Critical Conversations for Living in the Season of Now Paperback – February 12, 2013
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Stan Craig has a story and a lesson for each of us. Hearing his story has prompted me to get my affairs in order to accomplish MY desires for distributing my stuff and MY message to those that remain when I am no longer on this earth. This book helped me and my wife overcome the unknown and difficult legal and the emotional aspects of communicating messages to distanced loved ones and keep the government and strangers from making last minute decisions during and after the dying process.
This is a very practical guide that will help in any family or financial situation as it relates to leaving one's own legacy. Little price for a big reward... I recommend this book/guide for everyone.
If I became incapacitated or died what would my wife, my young children, my brothers and sister, and even my parents, be able to do on my behalf? Would they know who to contact and how to get the information they needed? Would they know how much medical intervention I wanted, or that I have a small bank account that I use for gifts for my wife? This book provided the information and examples I needed to get motivated and get organized!
Many of my friends haven't considered the impact of not being prepared for the uncertainty of life, but after reading this book and using Stan's examples, I now know the right questions to ask and can speak intelligently to them about planning ahead. I even knew what the lawyer was talking about when he brought up topics such as a living will, last will and testament, and durable medical power of attorney. I had no idea why there were so many documents, but now that I do know I'm amazed at how naive I was to NOT have these documents!
I think everyone, whether children of parents or parents of children, needs to read this book and have open and honest conversations with family and close friends! I highly recommend!
Author Stan Craig found himself in this predicament when his brother unexpectedly passed away. Stan was faced with handling his brother's estate and final affairs. Burdened by that experience, Stan Craig proceeded to write "ForeTalk: The 7 Critical Conversations for Living in the Season of Now".
The book is part textbook, and part workbook. It gently guides the reader through the process of having these 7 critical conversations now, rather than having our loved ones gathered in the back of a funeral home, fussing, arguing and carrying on about which casket Dad should be buried in, who will handle this, and who will handle that. It is presented in a solid Christian manner, respecting the faith of the entire family.
As one who has gone through life threatening illness (5 heart attacks at age 53) myself, I certainly appreciate some of these vital conversations.
Mr. Craig truly does this in a workbook format, with questions to answer, lists to make, as well as room for copious notes in the generous margins.
The author walks us through the task of creating a financial strategy to create long term income, writing a will that will withstand challenges (I think from those obnoxious cousins who are always sponging off somebody in the family. We've all got them!), choosing executors and granting powers of attorney, planning our funeral, and much more.
The book is well written, well organized, and gently guides us through these difficult conversations.
I believe every family man, whether he be a father or grandfather, should get and utilize this book. It's a wonderful tool that keeps everything in one place for when those days arrive.
I commend this book to you with my highest rating, because we owe this kind of attention to the details that impact our family.
I received a copy of this book as an ARC from the publisher, with the only expectation being a fair and honest review. There are no financial connections between the publisher, the author, or this reviewer. This review will appear on Goodreads.com, Amazon.com, NetGalley.com, and my blog: BookReviewsByJon1.wordpress.com.