Item description for Second Calling: Finding Passion & Purpose for the Rest of Your Life by Dale Hanson Bourke...
Overview SUBTITLE: Finding Purpose And Passion For The Rest Of Your Life Using the biblical story of Naomi, as well as a wealth of personal experiences, Bourke offers essential principles that will help older women blaze new trails in their best years and mentor younger women, encouraging them to build for the future with wisdom and strength.
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Studio: Integrity Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.57" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1591453321 ISBN13 9781591453321
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More About Dale Hanson Bourke
Dale Hanson Bourke is president of PDI, a marketing and communications strategy firm. The author of ten books and numerous magazine articles, she often speaks and writes on international development and women's issues. Previously president of the CIDRZ Foundation and SVP at World Relief, Bourke has also served as publisher of Religion News Service and editor of Today's Christian Woman, and was a nationally syndicated columnist. Dale holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and has served on the boards of World Vision US, World Vision International, International Justice Mission, Sojourners, ECFA and Opportunity International. She currently serves on the board of MAP International and the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA).
Dale Hanson Bourke currently resides in Chevy Chase.
Reviews - What do customers think about Second Calling: Passion and Purpose for the Rest of Your Life?
Helpful if you have no idea what your purpose is Oct 10, 2008
The first half of the book was the most helpful to me. The second half I found to be a bit tedious and boring. If you have reached that stage of life where you are questioning your purpose in life, this book may help you get started in understanding why you feel that way and how to begin to unravel your confusion.
Recreating the new you! Oct 7, 2008
Dale does a great job using the book of Ruth to show us there is always Hope in your life when you surrender your life completely to God, and let Him show you your unique second calling!
Book - "Second Calling" Jan 18, 2008
No problem executing the order and the book delivery was timely. However, the lower edge of the hard cover was very badly frayed. It was for personal use so we can live with it but I would never pass it on as a gift.
A good read for mature women Jul 10, 2006
This is a book for mature women (these days and in this context meaning baby-boomers) facing the "second half of life." Dale Hanson Bourke, now in her early 50s, has a different take on life than she did as a young I-can-do-it-all wife, mother and entrepreneur. She was the type who set annual five-year and 10-year goals, building toward the next achievement. She even wrote her first book about it, titled YOU CAN MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. But now? In recent years she's felt drawn toward what she refers to as a "second calling," one that "doesn't necessarily build your résumé, but it builds your soul." And here she welcomes readers to join her on this transformative journey.
The book is framed by the biblical story of Naomi (and secondarily Ruth). "Before the Book of Ruth begins, Naomi is enjoying a wonderful life... She loves God and her family, and all seems right in the world." But "then the bottom falls out." And later, "through divine providence and Naomi's obedience, the Book of Ruth ends" with Naomi "feeling fulfilled" and "playing a pivotal role" in a larger story.
But Naomi and Ruth provide the framework for a contemporary challenge: "If all the Christian women aged forty and older got truly serious about seeking God and letting him use us in amazing ways, we could completely change our world." With an endearing vulnerability, Dale walks you through her own menopausal crisis and awakening, realizing that what really energized her involved international relief and justice issues, including AIDS awareness and orphan assistance. But such work, which started with high-profile marketing advice and overseas travel, eventually and humbly included night after night of personally labeling and mailing out packages of "AIDS orphan bracelets" --- not because she had to do it herself but because she wanted to.
This is more than her own story, however. She also draws in vignettes of other empty-nest moms and career women who've found a new stride. And parts of the middle chapters are quite specific in their how-to pointers for finding new direction --- identifying what one needs to let go of and leave behind before one can step out in confidence and faith.
In one particularly interesting chapter, titled "Giving up Idols," Dale humorously describes how much she valued her airline "super-duper premier executive platinum card" and ultimately admits that she's "still an achiever in recovery."
Whole chapters are devoted to the foundational aspects of prayer and to the critical support of friends and mentors. "If prayer is the bedrock of the second half of life, then friends are the rich soil that give form, substance, and richness to our calling." She also addresses the value of passing on your life lessons to the younger generation.
One chapter departs from the Naomi metaphor and centers on the wilderness manna that was edible only one day. Here Dale discusses the importance of "living in the present," letting God set the agenda, taking on the task set before her rather than relying on those old long-term goals. Though she has obviously felt the grief of letting go and moving on, maybe she has ultimately experienced her heart's dreams come true.
The publisher's claim that this is the "first major book to address the spiritual side of a woman's second half of life" gave me pause. It's been out nearly a decade, but for a midlife woman I'd also recommend Valerie Bell's A WELL-TENDED SOUL.
Great Book Jul 6, 2006
As one who is on the early end of midlife, I found myself in a place, not of my choosing, where I had never imagined I would be. This book didn't say where to go. However it did say how to go. The right book at the right time with the right message. It is unabashedly Christian, without giving the answers. If you're facing midlife in crisis, or just facing it with sudden blocks of open time, this is a wonderful and inspiring book.