Title: Launch Your Encore
Authors: Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks
Publisher: Baker Books
“Elderescence is that later stage in your life when you utilize your experience and your knowledge to help bring along the next generations,” Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks write in their book, Launch Your Encore: Finding Adventure & Purpose Later in Life.
At two hundred pages and eight pages, this paperback targets those interested in transitioning to a retired but fulfilled quality of life as they age. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, God’s Word, The Message, NASB, NKJV, and TLB translations are also used. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
Best-selling author of eight books, Finzel is also a speaker, podcaster, and authority in the field of leadership. Author Hicks is an international speaker and consultant, as well as a co-author who lives in Southern California.
After a forward by Dan Miller, acknowledgments, and an introduction, the book is divided into four parts containing five chapters each. The conclusion, authors’ biographies (including one on Elke Hanssmann), resources, and notes are at the ending.
The first section involves getting ready to face the challenge of retiring by realizing the transition is unavoidable and evading depression. The second part contains choices in reinventing oneself through advanced preparation, understanding expectations, and having a life map while adjusting to new ideas. The third area is examples of five different paths retirees took toward finding their purposes later in life while the last section covers God’s view of us, a toolbox of online self-awareness test references, dealing with the “land between,” starting over, and writing out a personal encore plan.
With the “60-80 Window” mentioned often, much of the book offers the authors’ personal struggles and experiences to finding contentment and purpose. Through transition, affirmation, and guidance, one can have realistic expectations of the future. The writers recommend keeping the generations living together to encourage respect to the elderly and the passing on of wisdom and knowledge.
Listing options to consider when retiring, one can mentor, continue to work, start another career, enjoy rolling retirement, consult, volunteer, serve on boards, build a social media platform, pursue a hobby, become a caregiver, or tackle a new challenge to name a few.
With a simplistic program of setting a clear goal, having a wise process, and using the right vehicle, becoming elderly can be rewarding. Although the book vaguely mentions health or mental constrictions and touches lightly on seeking God’s will, it is a beginner’s guide for the soon-to-be retired person who will need to do more research to find his or her next calling.
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Baker Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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