Embracing Your Second Calling: Find Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life, Revised and Updated  -     By: Dale Hanson Bourke
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Embracing Your Second Calling: Find Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life, Revised and Updated

Thomas Nelson / 2010 / Paperback

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Could the second half of your life actually be more fulfilling than the first? Can aging be a blessing? In Embracing Your Second Calling, author Dale Hanson Bourke helps women baby boomers find passion and purpose for the rest of their lives. An expansion of her first book, Second Calling, this book comes in a new format with new material to help women apply the concepts to their own lives. It is meant to be read along with a personal journal so you can make note of your thoughts and questions. With suggestions on everything from leaving the past behind to finding a way to make a difference in the world, Bourke challenges women to be all they can be. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946972
ISBN-13: 9780849946974
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Dale Hanson Bourke is president of the CIDRZ Foundation supporting women's health in Africa. She spent 20 years as a marketing/publishing executive, wrote a syndicated newspaper column, authored eight books, and served on several international boards. Dale and her husband, Tom, have two sons.

Publisher's Weekly

Like more than 40 million other middle-aged American women, Bourke is coming to terms with aging. A successful businesswoman and author (The Skeptic’s Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis), Bourke was depressed by her 50th birthday. She uses the biblical story of Naomi from the Book of Ruth as a model for life’s second act. Life inevitably entails loss: of youth, social status, physical robustness. But what comes next can be rich and authentic, Bourke argues. The author draws much on her own life and circumstances in sketching an arc for fulfillment through service to what is truly important. Some may find her too self-absorbed, a common complaint about the sizable baby boom cohort. But many of her age peers will find something of use in the many practical suggestions she offers, or nod in agreement with one of many insights. Bourke is at her best when she writes about the trips to Africa she has taken, which moved her quite literally outside her comfort zone. This is a book that women of a certain age may wish to give to friends. (May) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Made me Realize a lot of things.
    June 25, 2012
    glitterminded
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book seeks an audience among middle-aged women and those facing the prospect of children leaving the nest. For some who have read it this may also seem like an autobiography of some sort, but I guess aren't most self-help books based on the author's experiences? To say simply, this is a book for women who are going through middle-age crisis.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 28, 2010
    Sherry
    Ebracing Your Second Calling helped me realize that I am in the midst of my Second Calling. It is a great booked filled with great stories from the authors own journey. Each chapter ends with a prayer. This book is a great encouragement for women that are struggling with the 'empty nest'.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 26, 2010
    Amy Laird
    I am reviewing this book for Thomas Nelson. I am not quite in the second half of my life but have been going through some pretty challenging times. I have been homeless, penny-less and in a state of desperation, much like some of the women the author has come into contact with. I feel I too am being prepared for something great and feel that God has something amazing planned for my life...later. This book is an encouraging read to those who are also going through a transition in their lives.
  4. Hartselle, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 21, 2010
    kdmom02
    Hartselle, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    I chose to review Embracing Your Second Calling by Dale Hanson Bourke from Booksneeze because I feel that I am in the second half of my life now. Upon beginning this book I could tell right away it was meant for me at this time in my life. This is a well written book about the second half of our lives as women. The author uses the story of Naomi in the book of Ruth as a parallel.This book would be a great for any woman entering that time in her life when everything seems to change. There is a point in our lives as women when we are busy raising our family and trying to do everything we are expected to do. But as we get older and our children grow up and move out, it seems that our passion seems to change. We are not so worried about the things in life that really doesnt matter anymore. This book helps us embrace this time in our life and shows us that God can use us in a tremendous way.I would highly recommend this book to any woman that is beginning that second phase in life. This book would work great for group study as well. I was given this complimentary copy to review and this is my honest opinion of the book.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 20, 2010
    Darlene Messenger
    Review of Embracing Your Second Calling by Dale Hanson Bourke I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as a complimentary copy to be reviewed. I spent several weeks reading and journaling this timely book. Using the biblical text of the book of Ruth, the life of Naomi is paralleled with the changing lives of women today. I recommend this book to all who want to understand the middle years of a womans life. their dreams, hopes for the future and the emotional and spiritual growth that has brought them to this point. With wit and practical advice, Dale Hanson Bourkes book is best read chapter by chapter following the prompts and answering the few scattered questions. The biblical book of Ruth is included in the back of the book to follow the storyline of Naomis life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to all my girlfriends. I will also be recommending that it be offered as a study at my church. I found it to be a fresh outlook on midlife and the wonderful promises God has yet in store for us.
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