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About Mike Bellah
Bellah's 1988 book, Baby Boom Believers (Tyndale House), was a finalist for a Christian Booksellers Association Gold Medallion Award. From 1994-2000 he wrote "Midlife Moments," a weekly column in the Amarillo Daily News. After publishing I Saw Jesus This Morning in 2009, in 2011 Bellah released his memoir, Bicycling Through the Midlife Crisis. Bellah is an avid reader, bicyclist and hiker. Mike and Charlotte Bellah built their retirement home near Canyon, Texas in 2016. In 2018, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Bellahs have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.
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What if you want to work longer, but your company forces you out—with a buyout if you’re lucky?
What if family or physical issues push you to an unwanted early retirement?
When college professor Mike Bellah took an early buyout, he expected the golden years to live up to the carefree, happy times pictured in magazine ads. But, within weeks, the reality of lost identity and limited funds left him panicked and depressed. In The Best Is Yet to Be, Dr. Bellah uses extensive research, personal narrative and real-time blogs to explain how he got his hope back, and, with it, discovered the secret to a happy retirement.
★ He wishes life was like “The Andy Griffith Show.”
★ He says everything he needed to know in life he learned in Boy Scouts.
★ And, yes, he believes in Santa.
In this collection of Mike Bellah’s blogs and columns, you’ll read of “Hobbits and Creativity,” witness the “Confessions of an Old Tuba Player” and learn of “The Granddaughters Who Saved Christmas.” Plus, you’ll find out who put the “bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp,” why laughter is still the best medicine and what the green-eyed monster has to say about jealousy.
Entertaining and insightful, Bellah’s writing has something for everyone.
★ What if you did something so catastrophic it threatened everything and everyone in your life?
★ Why is a midlife crisis all too real for so many people?
★ If you find yourself in one, how will you survive?
In the 1990s, Mike Bellah wrote regular newspaper columns about the subject for the Amarillo Daily News. From 2000 to 2010, his website on midlife crisis was one of the most searched on Google. Now, Professor Mike Bellah has written a memoir, which he calls the “story behind the stories,” the narrative that gave birth to his writing.
In Bicycling through the Midlife Crisis, Bellah blends the tale of a tumultuous midlife crisis with a grueling mountain bike ride through the West Texas canyon lands, both journeys as full of laughter and grace as they are of peril.
If it’s hope you need, it’s hope you’ll get in Dr. Bellah’s honest and insightful words.
★Have you ever wished you could see Jesus face to face?
★Right now on earth?
★ To walk and talk with him the way Peter did, or James or John?
In I Saw Jesus This Morning, Mike Bellah sees that dream come true. Travel with him through first-century Palestine—and through his own experiences of guilt, grief and fear. It’s a journey that will leave you needing both a box of tissues and a funny bone. Part memoir, part dream vision, Dr. Bellah’s fast-paced novelette examines what it means to meet Jesus today through his body, the church.
★Want a six-part study for your Sunday school or small group?
Dr. Bellah’s supplement to I Saw Jesus This Morning combines personal Bible study with group discussion questions.
“I (you) need other Christians,” says Bellah. “We are the body of Christ. And we meet him—he meets us—through each other."