Author Bob Buford called them “code breakers”. They are people age 40 and older who have pioneered the art of finishing well in these modern times, and who can teach us to do the same, starting today. Buford sought out 60 of these trailblazers—including Peter Drucker, Roger Staubach, Jim Collins, Ken Blanchard and Dallas Willard—and has recorded their lively conversations in these pages so that they can serve as “mentors in print” for all of us.“Twenty years from now,” Buford writes, “the rules for this second adulthood as a productive season of life may be better known. But for now, we’re out across the frontier breaking new ground.” Buford gives you a chance to sit at the feet of these pioneers and learn from them about Finishing Well so that you may shift into a far more fulfilling life now, no matter your age. A life of significance that will be a legacy for future generations too.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. —Acts 20:24 (ESV) Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham, known by many as God’s Ambassador. “I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way.” In Nearing Home this man of faith—now in his nineties—explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. Billy Graham invites us to journey with him as he considers the golden years while anticipating the hope of being reunited with his wife, Ruth, in his heavenly home that eclipses this world. “When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice,” says the author. “Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Join Billy Graham as he shares the challenges of fading strength but still standing strong in his commitment to finishing life well. “Explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfillment and even joy that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day.” —BILLY GRAHAM
‘God’s purpose for us is to show, as we get older, that he gives us his strength and, through our experiences of him, his wisdom,’ says Ian Knox. ‘God is not finished with us. In our later years we are not only to be blessed, but to be a blessing and bring a blessing.’ As we get older, some of us grow more frenetic in our anxiety to demonstrate that the force is still with us. Others withdraw, often quite abruptly. What is God’s view of ageing? The Bible has much to say, and many stories to tell, about those who did great things, those who did ordinary things well, those who prayed, those who used their gifts, those who suffered, those who went right to the end – and those who, in later years, got it absolutely wrong. How are we going to face the prospect of ageing? Will we subside, give up? Or shall we view retirement as a gift from God, an opportunity to reach out to others? Our older years are full of possibilities, not least of which is that of helping others find Christ.
Our lives are finite. There is a date and time when they will come to an end. But will our last years be lived in an upward trajectory or descend ingloriously? There are biblical characters who lived godly lives in their early days but walked away from God and his ways in their later years; there are also biblical characters who stayed true right up until their last day on this earth. The characters in this book all fall in to one of these two categories - and we can learn from them all.
Many men struggle with identity issues, mid-life crises, depression, self-esteem, and defining a life mission. Our culture has tried to redefine what Christian manhood means. A growing number of men see their primary identity in what they do rather than who they are. Not enough men value the importance of great character and modeling Christlike attitudes. In Finishing Well, Finishing Strong, Jim Grassi explores what spiritual manhood looks like and how men can discover the joy of living an abundant life. Persevering through pressure and stress to find God's peace allows men not to quit when the going gets tough. Dr. Grassi helps men discover the difference between having worldly success and developing spiritual significance. Men will feel motivated, empowered, and equipped to better cope with the issues in our chaotic culture that impact personal growth. Features include: Practical and relevant ideas and resources to assist those wishing to find more joy in their lives Specific suggestions for lifestyle adjustments to give a better understanding of balance and stress management An exploration of what it means to have a spiritual mentor Powerful Bible studies for applying God's wisdom to developing short- and long-term goals Encouragement for perseverance and coping with chaotic issues