40/40 Vision: Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife

40/40 Vision: Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife

by Peter Greer, Greg Lafferty, Bo


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ISBN-13: 9780830844340
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Peter Greer is president and CEO of HOPE International, a global, Christ-centered microfinance organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Internationally, Peter served as a microfinance adviser in Cambodia, technical adviser for Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe and managing director for Urwego in Rwanda. As an advocate for the church's role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Peter has been a featured speaker at conferences such as Catalyst, Passion and Harvard's International Development Conference and Jubilee, and he has been featured in Christianity Today, World, Forbes, Relevant and Outcomes magazine, and on CNN.

Peter is the author or coauthor of The Poor Will Be Glad, The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, Mission Drift, Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, Stop Helping Us and Watching Seeds Grow. Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with their three children.

Greg Lafferty is the senior pastor of Willowdale Chapel, a church with campuses in Kennett Square and Jennersville, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Wheaton College, he cut his ministry teeth working with junior high kids for ten years before transitioning into adult ministry.

Previously Greg served at both Wheaton Bible Church and Christ Community Church in suburban Chicago and Saddleback Church in Southern California. He has served the church his entire vocational career alongside his wife of over thirty years, Deane, with whom he has three children.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bob Buford
1. Forty(ish)
2. Meaning(less)
3. (Dis)appointment
4. (In)satiable
5. (Im)mortal
6. (Un)charitable
7. (Un)rest
8. Age(less)
9. (Dis)connected
10. (Un)controllable
11. (De)Humanizing
12. (F)utility
Discussion Questions
About the Authors

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40/40 Vision: Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Copygirl More than 1 year ago
40/40 Vision's subtitle, Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife, reminds us that we each have a mission for life, a mission from God, whether we are living it consciously—or at all. Is there a way to navigate the waters of midlife that forges a stronger commitment to God's mission while casting away the jetsam that truly doesn't matter? "Everything is meaningless, completely meaningless," is how the writer of Ecclesiastes puts it. He uses "meaningless" 30 times, just to be sure we get his point. He's tried it all and it's all nothingness. Authors Peter Greer and Greg Lafferty use this Bible book that could discourage us from attempting to find satisfaction in a pointless life to show us something important: "God put Ecclesiastes in our Bibles [to] guide us to the heart of nothingness, that we might seek life elsewhere." I received a free copy of this book as part of the Peter Greer's launch team, and I knew they were eager for me to write reviews of it. But I couldn't hurry through it. There was so much practical wisdom to digest, so much hopefulness, that the authors have mined from this Bible book about meaninglessness. The book's chapters cover questions like: What happens when the thrill is gone? How do we build true wealth? How do you stop and rest before life stops you? How do we grow up gracefully? This book would make a great start to the new year. Discover for your own life this truth: "Just because there is no meaning under the sun doesn't mean there is no meaning beyond it."
lmbartelt More than 1 year ago
The closer I get to 40 and beyond, the more grateful I am to have an encouraging guide to help me navigate these uncertain waters. 40/40 Vision: Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife by Peter Greer and Greg Lafferty takes a close look at the small Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes and what the great king Solomon has to say about the middle years viewed in retrospect. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my review.) I was worried that this book would not be "for me." I know, in part, my mission, and my calling as a writer is not dependent on my age. I'm not going to be forced into early retirement from my freelance career or from writing novels because of my age. I don't feel adrift in my overall calling, though I do sense the need for clarity in some areas. So, I'm happy to report that this book is for me. And you. And whoever is looking at the latter half of their life with fear, confusion, or worry. It's not just a book for those who work full time or minister full time, nor is it just for men, who stereotypically have a "midlife crisis." This is as much a book for a mom whose kids are growing more independent and who is rediscovering her free time as it is for a man stuck in a job he isn't sure matters. It's for the happily married man and the dissatisfied wife. The potential for a midlife crisis is not limited to one certain type of person. Greer and Lafferty show us how to look at our lives--past and future--from the incomparable vantage point of the middle. "Opening our eyes to our own mortality and limitations can allow us to live more fully. Midlife is an opportunity to leave some of our youthful folly behind, to look back on our first forty and refocus on what matters most for our next forty--or however long we have. It's a time to prepare for our second act, to get our second wind." (16) I like the idea of midlife being a time of preparation, a chance to catch our breaths and evaluate what has been working in life and what hasn't. This has revolutionized how I view the big 4-0. And the authors don't just address jobs and callings. They tackle issues of mortality, purpose, identity, friendship and building true wealth, among other things. And they do it with stories, both theirs and others, humor and grace. If you feel stuck in the middle of life with little hope for the years ahead, or you dread the onset of middle age, this book will restore your focus to see all the good that lies ahead.