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    Trade Up: How to Move from Just Making Money to Making a Difference
    Dean Niewolny
    Baker Books / 2017 / Hardcover
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not sure what this book is
    September 22, 2017
    JK Turner
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    My Rating -If you are looking for something

    Level -Easy read, very short

    Summary

    I'm not entirely sure how to summarize this book, as I'm still not entirely sure what it is supposed to be. It is broken into three parts - My Journey, Your Journey, and The Destination. The first section is a brief autobiography, the second honestly just seems like some marketing points for his organization (Halftime Institute), and the last chapter has some interesting 'actionable' steps related to people who are looking at a life change. Well, I should say, some specific people, those that are rich and successful and whom are looking for what to do with the 'second half' of their life/career.

    My Thoughts

    I'm probably far too cynical than the publisher's target audience for me to like this book. For one thing, I'm not rich or successful but instead a government (the worst kind) paper-pusher and part-time, pretend, internet theologian. I'm not an influence, nor are my circles large and powerful. I don't know CEOs or professional athletes/musicians (though it has been said that Mrs. MMT has the voice of an angel). So, to be fair to the Niewolny/Baker Books, I was probably not going to get much from this anyway.

    Neiwolny's biography was almost too short and superficial to be of much value. Though, his passion for his organization and what they do is obvious, and that is always good to see. The middle section of the book seemed like some expounded talking points, or maybe a collection of speeches he's made in his role as CEO of Halftime. For me, it was too motivational speaker-y, but I could see how it could get some people pumped.

    The last part of the book is really what makes it worth it. It is short and reading is almost always worth it, but it is also practical. He lays out how to think/what to do if you are one of these people. However, I think it could actually be expanded. This section would be useful to retirees or some kind of second career empty-nester. I don't think you have to be rich, but obviously being financially stable or even independent makes it easier to implement most of his steps. One of which, to his credit, he points out may be for you to stay at work. I think this is an often missed step for Christians, especially newer ones. Now, if you are big deal, Christian, and looking for a change, you should read this book and contact the Halftime people. Others, this could just be one of the many books/websites you check out. Overall, I recommend this book only if you are look for it.

    More reviews - MondayMorningTheologian.com

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Arizona
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Trade Up Your Life
    July 31, 2017
    thechristianscribe
    Arizona
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I requested this book expecting a self-help book for busy entrepreneurs and business people in general. While this book's target audience is mainly for those in business, it can also find a home in busy people in other careers/jobs. Most of what Dean brings up, most readers can assimilate into their daily lives. I'm not a businesswoman nor do I have the kind of lifestyle, Dean was blessed with but he makes excellent points for self- reflection.

    Simply put, this book discusses and guides the reader through self- reflection. Does your work have eternal value? When you die how will you be remembered? What are you known for? Have you done anything for the kingdom of God? And how selfishly are you living? Are just a few questions this book makes you meditate on.

    Making a difference with the blessings God has given you applies to the serious Christian wanting to make more with his/her life and for the Kingdom of God. This is why this book is for anyone and everyone who wants to live a more meaningful and less selfish life.

    There is a study guide at the end of the book which can be read alongside each chapter. The chapters are divided into three sections: "My Journey" (where he tells his personal story), "Your Journey," and "The Destination."

    This book seems to me like a promotion for the Halftime Institute, Dean is the CEO for. Which is not bad, but just to let potential readers know, the author makes mention of their coaching programs and history, which may be a bit annoying at times.

    I appreciate Dean's transparency when speaking about his past, his life prior to becoming a Christian. His testimony is very inspirational and readers may find it enjoyable and encouraging.

    I received a copy of this book from Baker in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Trade UP
    July 8, 2017
    Gini
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Who is Dean Niewolny and what is Halftime Institute? Without spoiling the book for you, Niewolny is the guy that discovered there is more to life than money and did something about it. Halftime Institute is an organization that helped him do that. And now he heads it up. So, hes not talking theory in this book. He lived it.

    Like most projects a good plan helps achieve a good outcome. Trade Up describes that plan along with some advice related to some of the challenges a person can encounter shifting from just making money to making a difference. Its about discovery, strengths, and passions, gifting, and the journey itself. It is not just sell all your possessions and go live among the downtrodden of some remote place you didnt know existed. That could be the outcome, but for most it is more like tweaking and adjusting. And that doesnt necessarily mean no pain. Its also about long term changes and not quick fixes. The Institute exists to help you make it happen. In several places along the way in this book the reader finds the advice to not go it alone. Support and mentoring keep you sane and on track.

    If you have any little desire to move to making a difference and want to explore the idea, this is the book to read. One other point, I think the book could be helpful, even if you are not in the upper echelon of financial means. Initially I found that intimidating, until I realized that more modest money makers can face the same impasse of making money versus making a difference.

    I received this book form the publishers in exchange for a review.
  4. Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Trade Up
    July 7, 2017
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Trade Up" by Dean Niewolny is a good title for anyone (man or woman) who wants to move from making money to have a positive impact on other people for God's glory. Around 180 pages, the author spends the first part describing his own personal journey from making big money to the emptiness of his life to finding a more fulfilling and significant role for his life.

    Some of the topics covered include:

    1. 3 questions to help you improve your life.

    2. Questions to ask as you consider getting rid of things so you have more margin in your life for more significant things (such as people and experiences).

    3. Questions to ask yourself to help discover your spiritual aptitudes.

    4. People leaving a spiritual desert are qualified to help those still in one.

    5. 3 ways the Holy Spirit guides us to our passion.

    6. 3 questions to ask yourself when developing your mission statement.

    7. Suggestions for writing a specific mission statement.

    8. Only two things really matter: Jesus and people.

    9. The importance of solitude.

    A readable title, I remembered some of the concepts mentioned were also in Bob Buford's "Halftime" title back in the 1990s. Niewolny does add some more thoughts and experiences and challenges the reader to carefully and deeply think about what kind of legacy they want to leave. Also included is a helpful study guide for each chapter. Will be a good future reference.

    I was given a review copy by Baker Books in exchange for a fair review.
  5. Chicopee, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Game Plan for the Second Half
    July 4, 2017
    wheelsms
    Chicopee, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Youve worked hard to build your career. Youve enjoyed some success and the rewards that go with it. But you find it less satisfying than when you began. You begin to wonder if this is all there is or if it is possible to make a greater impact.

    If you are wrestling with those questions, consider reading Dean Niewolnys book, Trade Up: How to Move from Just Making Money to Making a Difference. In the first third of the book, he tells the story of his own personal journey from successful stock broker with the cars, plane, boat, and lake house to questioning his purpose to making the move to becoming CEO of the Halftime Institute, an organization dedicated to helping business professionals find greater meaning in the second half of life.

    In the middle third of the book, the author describes how to chart your own journey through halftime. Once you identify where you want to end up, you then take an honest look at who you arestrengths, spiritual gifts, passion, and mission. In the final section, the author gives practical advice on the resources needed to make a successful journeypeople to advise and guide you, a solid relationship with God, how to research possible options, and whether or not to continue staying where you are or whether to take the leap and change careers.

    I was first introduced to the concept of Halftime in Bob Bufords book almost 20 years ago. Niewolny has taken Bufords work, built on it, and added his own unique insights and contributions. This is a very helpful, practical book for anyone trying to navigate the whitewater of midlife.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
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