Arrien, Angeles. The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary
Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2005. Offers a collection of teachings, reflections, and stories from around the world to open us to the challenges and deeper mysteries of “the great crossing” at midlife. Mastering these lessons and gifts can help us harvest the meaning and purpose of our life, and come into our spiritual maturity
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Atchley, Robert C. .Spirituality and Aging Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkin’s University Press, 2009. A spiritual life, one focused on personal growth and deep human experience, is a major focus and motivator for people over the age of forty. This book offers insights into what spirituality is, why it is important, and how it influences the experience of aging
Autry, James. .The Spirit of Retirement : Creating a Life of Meaning and Personal Growth Prima Pub., 200
Buford, Bob. Finishing Well: What People Who “Really Live” Do Differently
. Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers, 2004. Explores how such ‘trailblazers’ as Peter Drucker, Jim Collins, Roger Staubach and Ken Blanchard have gone beyond success to significance in their 40s and beyond. Discusses how anyone can accomplish work that has eternal purpose and meaning .
Rich, Phil, Madway Sampson, Dorothy, and Fetherling, Dale. The Healing Journey Through Retirement: Your Journal of Transition and Transformation (The Healing Journey Series)
. John Wiley, 2000
Chittister, Joan. The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
. New York, NY: BlueBridge, 2008. Looks at the many dimensions of aging and considers the joys of this special stage of life and the rewards of being open to new experiences and new relationships
Cohen, Gene. The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain
/em>. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2005. Contrary to the long-held belief that our brain power inevitably declines as we age, The Mature Mind argues that there are actually positive changes taking place in our minds, which continue to grow and flourish well into the second half of life.
The Center on Aging, Health & Humanities Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life, The. New York, NY: Avon Books, 2000. Offers examples of older people who found new careers, unexpected talents, and success, and disccuses ways to discover one’s own untapped potential for a more satisfying middle and old age www.worldcat.org/oclc/42863229
Corbett, David and Higgins, Richard. Portfolio Life: Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose, and Passion After 50 . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2007. Turns two simple ideas into a program for life-enrichment: (1) you can create a life expressly for yourself and (2) the so-called retirement years are the best time to do it.
Davidson, Sara. Leap!: What Will We Do with the Rest of Our Lives?
. New York, NY: Random House, 2007. Explores the choices and challenges facing Baby Boomers and the options available to them.
Dychtwald, Maddy. Cycles: Cycles: How We Will Live, Work and Buy
. New York, NY: Free Press, 2003. Argues that previous generations have had a ‘mid-life crisis’ but Boomers have put a positive spin on the process and ‘reinvented’ themselves. Discusses how Boomers are defying conventional wisdom about growing ol
Englert, Jonathan. The Collar
. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006. Chronicles the spiritual odyssey of five men who chose to leave behind their former lives to pursue the Catholic priesthood, offering a candid study of seminary life, the challenges of the priesthood, and the nature of a spiritual calling.
Fox, Matthew. The Reinvention of Work: New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time,. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. Offers a vision of a work world in which intellect, heart, and health are harmonized, and personal and professional lives are in balance
Gardner, Howard; Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly and Damon, William. Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet
. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2001. Discusses what it means to carry out ‘good work’ — work that is both excellent in quality and socially responsible. Explores this theme in two different professional fields — genetics (in a self-identified golden age) and journalism (in a self-critical, transitional stage). Concludes that the same “five levers for good work” apply. Discusses how to foster and encourage ‘good work’ in all professions.
Jones, Terry. Elder: A Spiritual Alternative to Being Elderly. Elderhood Institute Books, 2006.
Jones, Terry. The Elder Within: The Source of Mature Masculinity. BookPartners, 2001. Elderhood Institute
Koenig, Harold. Purpose And Power In Retirement (HB): New Opportunities for Meaning and Significance
. Philadelphia, PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2002. Traces the history of retirement and presents research on the effects of retirement on the mind, body and spirit. Invites readers to adopt a vocation or purpose instead of the ‘leisure’ retirement model
Laslett, Peter. A Fresh Map of Life: The Emergence of the Third Age
. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991. Argues that the Third Age – beyond the bread-winning and child-rearing years – is that of greatest personal fulfiilment, the apogee of life. Combines social history, sociology and philosophy to provoke new thinking on this changing nature of agin
Leider, Richard and Shapiro, David. Something to Live For: Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008. Discusses how to live authentically and wholeheartedly in the second half of life and, in doing so, find ways to both enjoy the world and make a meaningful contribution
Leider, Richard and Shapiro, David. Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2004. Offers guidance in actively undertaking an internal, spiritual search for the purpose of one’s older years, utilizing the wisdom obtained in the first half of life
Levine, Suzanne. Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Women in Second Adulthood
. New York, NY: Viking, 2005. Offers insights into how to render the second half of life a period of accomplishment, passion, and self-discovery
Manheimer, Ronald J. “Older Learner’s Journey to an Ageless Society: Lifelong Learning on the Brink of a Crisis, The” Journal of Transformative Education. v3 n3 (2005): 198-220 www.worldcat.org/oclc/439121779
Moody, Harry R. and Carroll, David L. The Five Stages of the Soul: Charting the Spiritual Passages That Shape Our Lives. New York, NY: Anchor Books, 1997. Explores the interest in a spiritual life that most people pursue in their middle years, moving (more or less) through five stages of development: the call, the search, the struggle, the breakthrough, the return.
Nash, Laura and Stevenson, Howard. Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Your Work and Life
. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Discusses how constant striving means perpetual stress and how success, often defined in financial terms alone, actually involves four components: happiness, achievement, significance and legacy. Explains what these different components mean, how to define them, why “going for the max” is dangerous and how to determine one’s own version of enough.
Nussbaum, Paul. Brain Health and Wellness. Word Association, 2003
Nussbaum, Paul. Your Brain Health Lifestyle, 2nd Edition . Tarentum, PA: Word Association Publishers, 2009. Explains how the brain works and what can be done to help it work more effectively — at any age. www.worldcat.org/oclc/313659630
O’Toole, James. Creating the Good Life :Applying Aristotle’s Wisdom to Find Meaning and Happiness
. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2005. Draws on the wisdom of the ages to help individuals plan for the second half of their life so that it is satisfying, useful, moral, and meaningful. Translates Aristotle’s classical philosophical framework into practical, comprehensible terms for application in our contemporary lives and work
Pierce, Gregory F. Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life on the Job . Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2005. Examines the spirituality of work in the context of such issues as competition, compensation, and social justice. Discusses how to find meaning in the workplace
Pipher, Mary. Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders. Riverhead Books, 1999
Roszak, Theodore. Longevity Revolution: As Boomers Become Elders. Berkeley Hills Books, 2001
Rowe, John W., & Kahn, Robert L.. Successful Aging. Pantheon Books, 1998
Sadler, William A. The Third Age: Six Principles for Personal Growth and Rejuvenation after Forty
. Perseus Books, 2000
Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman and Miller, Ronald. From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older. New York, NY: Warner Books, 1995. Recontextualizes aging as the anticipated fulfillment of life, not its inevitable decline. Recommends meditation and spiritual healing to help individuals enter their later years Also explores our limited perceptions of death and discusses how to embrace ‘conscious’ dying
Schlossberg, Nancy K. Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path in Life
. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2003. Provides guidance on the psychological and emotional adjustments retirement requires, with tips on coping with its ups and downs. Discusses how individuals can conduct a personal inventory, reinforce relationships, and investigate new roles and activities in order to make this the most fulfilling time of life
Thomas, William H.. What Are Old People For?: How Elders Will Save the World. VanderWyk & Burnham, 2007
Trafford, Abigail. My Time: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life
. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2004. Examines the vital time in life between middle and old age, integrating personal anecdotes with expert opinion, research, and practical advice to explain how to make the most of the opportunities during this crucial period
Vaillant, George E. Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 2002. Argues that individual lifestyle choices play a greater role than genetics, wealth, race, or other factors in determining how happy people are in later life
Whyte, David..The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2009. Encourages a reimagination of how we inhabit the worlds of love, work, and self-understanding. Suggests that separating these “marriages” in order to balance them is to destroy the fabric of happiness itself. Only by understanding the journey involved in each and the stages of their maturation can we understand how to bring them together in one fulfilled life
Whyte, David. Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity
. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2002. Assesses the workplace in terms of opportunities for rediscovering, shaping, and nurturing our personal lives. Applies the stages of a holy pilgrimage to the process of seeking one’s identity through work
Zelinski, Ernie. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2004. Offers advice on how to enjoy an active and satisfying retirement. Suggests that adequate financial resources are not enough but that having interesting leisure activities, creative pursuits, physical well-being, mental well-being, and solid social supports are also crucial.