At least sixty-five per cent of all major changes happen after age 65. These include, among other life-changing events, the loss of a spouse, the loss of a job, and the loss of health. It is also true that wisdom is often born out of wrestling with the changes we experience in life. As those who now find ourselves in the second half of life, we have the ability to act on this wisdom and the responsibility to pass it on.
Re-Designing Your Life: A Practical Spirituality for the Second Half of Life is intended to help people over 50 to cope with transitions and to help people live their lives with spiritual integrity. The book aims to help people discern their calling and to live lives of meaning and joy.
Readers are invited to think of their life as a house undergoing renovations where, with God’s grace, we get to design something new and life-giving. Through practical exercises, thought-provoking discussion topics, stories from the Scriptures, and memorable anecdotes, Re-Deigning Your Life will guide people through:
Coping with endings, empty-nesting and retirement;
Caring for self while caring for elderly parents, partners and grandchildren;
Letting go of things that get in the way of becoming your true self;
Strengthening relationships; and
Finding your passion and calling in the second half of life.
Both individuals and small study groups will find this book helpful. Each chapter comes with a set of questions for discussion, as well as suggestions for further reading and popular contemporary films that can promote further conversation and reflection. There is also a set of videos produced by the author to accompany each chapter of the study.
Mardi Tindal, former Moderator of the United Church of Canada, writes: “Re-Designing your Life is a must-read for pastors, congregations and individuals who want to discover God’s calling in the second half of life.”