- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Revised, Updated edition (December 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310284244
- ISBN-13: 978-0310284246
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 225 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance Hardcover – December 28, 2008
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According to Bob Buford, the first half of life is a quest for success, the second is a quest for significance. Bob should know; he has achieved the first and is showing us the latter. You’ll find this book to be unique, inspiring, and practical. Read it and finish strong! -- Max Lucado
An insightful book that will help you build a rich and meaningful second half. -- Peter F. Drucker
Bob’s approach really hits squarely at the feelings and emotions in a way that possibly only a fellow Christian businessman, like Bob, can do. -- Steven S. Reinemund
This inspiring book comes out of the mind and heart of a truly remarkable individual and addresses an enormous need in our society---how to find meaning and fulfillment in the second half of our lives. In short, how to move from success to significance! -- Stephen R. Covey
This is the book I am giving to my children. -- Max DePree
Bob Buford is one of those rare individuals who has made the transition from focusing on success to focusing on significance. This book will show you how to make the rest of your life the best of your life. I want every man in my congregation to read this inspiring story! -- Dr. Rick Warren, Pastor
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Are you ready to move into the second half of your life?
Bob Buford believes the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life.
In Halftime, Buford focuses on this important time of transition--the time when, as he says, a person moves beyond the first half of the game of life. It's halftime, a time of revitalization and for catching a new vision for living the second half, the half where life can be lived at its most rewarding. As Buford explains, My passion is to multiply all that God has given me, and in the process, give it back.
Features of this newly updated and expanded edition include a foreword by Jim Collins, the bestselling author of Good to Great; new questions for reflection or discussion at the end of each chapter; brand new halftime stories of men and women enjoying a second half of significance; specific halftime assignments to guide readers into their second-half mission; an essay by Bob on The Wisdom of Peter Drucker; a special update from the author on how the halftime movement is growing nationally, and links to outstanding resources.
Midlife. Halftime. It doesn't have to be a time of crisis. It can be a catalyst for purpose, impact, and growth. Bob Buford provides the encouragement and insight to propel your life on a new course away from mere success to true significance--and the best years of your life.
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While Buford says that his book applies to anyone, his message focuses on those who achieved great financial success in their early years but who focused the first half of their lives more on career success than on positively impacting others. He provides excellent advice for that target audience. Great wealth certainly comes with many responsibilities and challenges, but it also provides great freedom that most people never experience. However, most people will not achieve the same level of wealth and personal connections to other wealthy people that Buford achieved at the midpoint of life. That lack of first-half financial success and prestige holds especially true for those who chose to focus their lives on significance early in life. For example, public school teachers, pastors, firefighters, police officers, social workers, humanitarian relief workers, missionaries, and military personnel often choose their careers early in life for reasons more related to significance than to financial success. As such, they often face the midpoint of life with minimal financial freedom to pursue greater goals.
Buford's advice also leans heavily on Christian principles, but his advice does not uniquely depend upon faith in Christ. Those readers holding other religious convictions will likely have no objections to his advice.
In reviewing my own life, I found that I had followed Buford's advice beginning very early in life as a teenager and several times throughout the following three decades. Sometimes my strategy worked as planned, but other times it did not. I suspect that one day I will discover that my plans failed but God's plans succeeded. At each stage of life, I must develop a strategy and plan based on where I believe God calls me. I believe that Buford's book would have had a more powerful message if he had discussed instances where his life plans had seemed to fail. He paints such a perfect picture that I had trouble identifying with it. I find that many people think that their plans for significance have failed, yet the fruits of their labors appear late in their lives or after their lives have ended. We often do not live long enough to see our own significance. Nevertheless, Buford's thesis remains sound. Regardless of where we find ourselves in life, we should plan the remainder of our lives for significance.
Despite his focus on those who pursued pure wealth and prestige in the first half of life, Buford's general advice applies to everyone, regardless of life stage or religious convictions. I recommend "Half Time" for anyone who has not yet found the focus of his or her life, regardless of age, financial success, or religious conviction.
Jim Ward, Jr.
"the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. So he recommends that a reader call "halftime" to reflect not only on where he's going, but why. What is the source of Buford's wisdom? A "blend of personal insight, true-life examples, and quotes from those who have successfully navigated the exhilarating and potentially dangerous shoals of midlife."
Despite its portrayal as a resource for Christians, Half Time is essentially a "man made" process for making decisions because it:
1. wrongly assumes that everyone has a similar history ("first half" experiences) and needs;
2. measures success ("significance") by man made criteria;
3. replaces biblical sanctification (getting closer to God) with accomplishing certain steps to obtain significance;
4. presupposes that a "one size fits all" process will work to make major life decisions; and
5. gives the false impression that a formula can be implemented to secure one's future.
We are led to believe that there are many options besides learning Scripture to know God and acquire direction for our lives as Christians. Half Time demonstrates the danger of elevating "man's wisdom" above biblical sanctification (an intimate relationship with God) as a means of establishing goals or direction for ones life.
Teachings such as Half Time confuse the process of knowing God's will for our lives. It places action before relationship and puts trust in one's own calculations rather than in God. When we embrace self improvement programs characterized as Christian "teaching", we remain at the mercy of our circumstances. Man's wisdom is limited. By contrast, learning Scripture equips us to operate in the spiritual world. When we are consumed by God's presence in our lives, we are truly free of our circumstances -thereby able to successfully navigate and even minister in any situation. "Success" no longer depends upon implementing a plan that may or may not happen, but is measured by knowing God.