About the book…

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.   Average Blogger Rating: 3.95 Stars

I was sent a review copy of this book by Thomas Nelson publishing in return for an honest review.  Well here it is, you did ask for honest…

So I think I ought to say from the start that self-help or motivational books and I just don’t get along, and I blame this on Tony Robbins.  A well-meaning friend once insisted I read his book, you know the one about a giant within or something.   A few pages in I realised that I was having a very hard time picking out the useful information from within the self-congratulatory tales, but I got through it.  I am not exactly sure if it had any impact on me, and to this day I struggle with an urge to write him a note that says: GET TO THE POINT!  

I am sorry to say but on reading “Embracing your second calling”, I found myself feeling the same way.  However the author does have a great story to tell, one that I would have been happy to read under the guise of an autobiography.  The side note boxes on most pages are good, helpfully giving me the overall message that the page is intended to convey, little pointers and things to think about.  Somebody ought to tell Tony Robbins about those little boxes.  At that in a nutshell, is the most positive thing I found in the book. 

This book is aimed at a woman who is older than me with children leaving home, and I am not really sure that this book gave me the ‘tools’ to deal with that time when it (hopefully) comes.  What irked me most about the book was the author’s need to have an ‘identity’ and her endless search for it, and she also had categories for her friends? And these friendships seemed based on a need she had to fill, like prayer jogging? And who says life has to stop and be re-evaluated once the kids leave home?  Life does go on, you are still the same person (the same person with more time quite possibly I’ll grant you).  Unfortunately after reading this book cover to cover there wasn’t a particular point that I could take away with me and use.  This book doesn’t deliver as much as the title implies in my opinion.

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