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Embracing Your Second Calling by Dale Hanson Bourke

Non-Fiction: Christianity. Paperback from Thomas Nelson. Published in 2009. 240 pages. Free review copy from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review of the book. And, here it is:

When faced with a book written for women, I always have to battle with a fair bit of reader’s apprehension. Many such books have such a banal focus that I end up wanting to throw them across the room in frustration. As a consequence, my usual practice is to avoid them like the plague. Yet because the topic at hand seemed pertinent to me, I swallowed my usual misgivings and dove in. As I began to read I was thrilled by the first chapter, but my spirits fell by the second chapter: all of a sudden we were talking about letting God know we don’t like not being sexy anymore and being told we look worse because we are older. Not only do I disagree that older means we look worse and aren’t appealing anymore, I began to fear we were headed down the path to “superficial land”. Thankfully I persevered and blessedly, Hanson did not continue to dwell on appearance but moved on to some very sound advice on ways to consciously consider what you will do with the rest of your life. I liked the “reflect” and “act” insets in each chapter and think the book would make an excellent small group study.

So, besides wishing that the author had reminded us of a more biblical rather than society led approach to physical aging, I found this to be a very thought provoking book, full of excellent reminders re-evaluate what is important as you continue to journey through life.

Publisher’s Summary:

A woman’s guide to the second half of life.

Do you ever wonder if the best of life is in the past? Are you longing for more passion and purpose in the second half of your life? Take a deep breath and prepare for a great adventure as Dale Hanson Bourke resoundingly affirms that midlife is a time for reflection but also a time for action. In Embracing Your Second Calling, she challenges women to respond to God’s call specifically for this season of life and offers practical ideas for finding new meaning.

Bourke’s vulnerability and story-driven approach offers essential principles and specific suggestions as well as interactive elements including:

— Questions for reflection and going deeper
— Ideas on how to become more involved
— Prayers for wisdom and commitment
— Action steps for moving forward

For women searching for God’s purpose and passion in middle age and beyond this book offers an inspirational road map to meaning and adventure.

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