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Posted February 10, 2013
In Retirement, by Boyd Lemon, encourages his reader, as Socrates, to “know thyself.” Lemon says the way you get to know yourself is through exploring the mind and the spirit. This book is a combination memoir and guide. The tone is advisory even when he shares many anecdotes about his life. Lemon touches on every aspect of life, beginning with passion. The author was a lawyer, whom produced a financially comfortable life, but it was a life he didn’t enjoy. He didn’t want to make the same mistake with retirement, so he took a different approach. When planning for retirement, he sought passion.
This book speaks to prospective retirees in the same way colleges speak to students. Lemon encourages readers to plan for retirement as we would plan our careers, searching and questioning to discover your passion and planning your future accordingly. He says the way you should plan is with the lifestyle you want to lead in mind. As well as knowing thyself, Lemon tells his readers to live in the present. Live in the present moment at all times, smell those roses at all times. The author encourages readers to engage in nourishing their mind and spirit for peace, strength and harmony.
I believe this book is targeted to audiences preparing to enter retirement, prospective retirees. Lemon tells his audience to prepare a financial plan ahead so that they don’t have to be dependent on the government, your kids or stocks and bonds. He suggests annuities, social security and long term health insurance.
Lemon gives very practical advice to his readers on many subjects. He also gives advice from his own experiences and glimpses of wisdom in different areas of life. He talks about relationships with children. He encourages parents to leave them alone if you want them to talk to you, no unsolicited advice. He believes older people need to stop being so mean and impatient and they need to stop complaining.
With a conviction, the writer tells us to do what we want in retirement, not what is expected or what someone might tell us to do. Yet, in the first few pages he is telling you to travel because of the many benefits. Travel is important to the retirement plan. The travel section is filled with so much information; it is a guide within his guide into retirement. This section is a guide of how to prepare for retirement and how to go about preparing to travel the pitfalls and the advantages, as well as, the best countries and cities to visit.
Lemon skillfully uses this book to market his other books: Eat, Walk, Write: An American Senior’s Year in Paris and Tuscany, Dig in Deep; A Writer Uncovers His Marriages and Unexpected Love and Other Stories. The book contains 34 chapters and 7 sections. With the way Lemon argues his points, you hear the clear style of a man who was once a lawyer. He summarizes each part like a closing argument of a court case.
I would recommend this book because it has the ability to educate the reader about retirement and travel. This is not only a guide to retirement and travel, but also a personal memoir about Lemon’s life and relationships. The combination of memoir and guide do not mix well. Additionally, the travel guide does not mix well with the retirement guide. The author needed to write three separate books, but instead tried to squeeze all the given content into one short book.
Book Reviewer Diane Williams author of Angels in Action
Posted December 30, 2012
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