I am hopelessly and helplessly condemned by my own lust for literature that I recklessly and depravedly buy books with remorseless abandon. My day job is the ever more practical occupation of freelance musician. I'm not rich. Which makes my licentious book purchasing all the more irresponsible.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
What’s Next? Navigating Transitions to Make the Rest of Your Life Count by H. Norman Wright
Three older adults-another couple and I- sat around a table at Starbucks, talking and laughing. While we’ve been friends for decades, through the years our getting together had become less frequent.
We spent some time catching up, then after a while I asked, “what would you say are your dreams and plans for the next twenty years?”
(From the Introduction)
H. Norman Wright has written a book for people going through transitions in their life. He discusses the different seasons of parenting, including the season that comes after you’ve become used to the empty nest and a child moves back in with you. He asserts that growing older and after retirement is a time to rejoice, not settle down and wait for your body to deteriorate. What about, as in his case, your spouse dies? What if you’ve gone through a divorce? Remarriage? How does one blend two families?
Each chapter discusses the challenges with each scenario along with strategies to proactively deal with them. Wright provides godly insight to many situations that people deal with today that require one to change direction and move on. He gives clear cut methods to keep one out of the pit of depression and living in the past and joyfully engaging life’s next chapter.
At the end of the book are discussion questions for each chapter. I recommend this book for anyone needing positive encouragement in taking up the mantle to the next chapter in their life and charging ahead with enthusiasm.