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The Retirement Reformation
Bruce Bruinsma

The author, Bruce Bruinsma, travelled Australia with CMA in 2017 to help launch Q4, and many people told us how much they appreciated his perspective. Now, his book has landed!

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The Retirement Reformation: Finding Freedom with Faith…. a Better Way to Experience the Final (And Best) Decades of Your Life

An Uncommon Guide to Retirement
Jeff Haanen

Paul Arnott, Executive Director of Q4, has written a review of this book, and starts his review saying, "An Uncommon Guide To Retirement is one of the wisest and most insightful books about retirement I’ve read. And I’ve read a few."

To download a PDF of Paul's review, click here.

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An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God's Purpose for the Next Season of Life 

Annotated Book List

Johann Christoph Arnold, Rich in Years: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life, Elsmore: The Plough Publishing House, 2013.

Richard and Leona Bergstrom, Third Calling: What are you doing with the rest of your life? Edmunds: Re-Ignite, 2016. Wonderfully helpful guide to the Third Third/Fourth Quarter.

John Bradford, Making Retirement Work: Getting old but finishing well, Mona Vale: Ark House Press, 2018. John is a former Federal politician whose writing is full of insight.

Bruce Bruinsma, Live with Meaning: Understanding the Power of Future-Funded Ministry, Envoy Financial, 2015, eBook.

Andrew Cameron, Living in the Next Phase: Developing the theology, practice and ministries of later life, Sydney: Anglican Deaconess Ministries Ltd, 2014. Andrew is an Australian theologian who has developed a well thought through theology of ageing.

Joan Chittester, The Gift Of Years: Growing Old Gracefully, New York: Blue Bridge Books, 2008. This is one of the most helpful books on ageing I’ve ever read. Such wisdom and insight.

Marc Fey; Don Akenbrandt and Frank Johnson; 2011. 210Project: Discover your place in God’s Story, https://youtu.be/9cvjO_NZOWA

Graham, Billy, Nearing Home, Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2011. Vintage Billy Graham. His second last book.

Jeff Haanen, An Uncommon Guide To Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose For The Next Season Of Life, Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2019. Jeff is Gen X and has so many insights into growing older.

Amy Hanson, Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults Over 50, San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2010. Amy is a gerontologist who writes in a very informed way.

Ed, Stanley Hauerwas; Growing Old in Christ, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.

Ray Hawkins, Dynamic Ageing: 31 Biblical devotions for a satisfying and purposeful life, Capalaba: Even Before Publishing, 2014.

John Piper, Rethinking Retirement: Finishing Life for the Glory of Christ, Wheaton: Crossway, 2008.

Rodney Macready, Retiring Retirement, Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2016. Rodney writes very helpfully from an Australian vantage point.

Bruce Manners, Retirement Ready: Plan now to retire well, Warbuton: Signs Publishing Company, 2016. This is one of the few Australian perspectives on ageing.

Parker Palmer, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old, Oakland: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2018.

Christine and Tom Sine, Living on Purpose: finding God’s best for your life, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2002.

R. Paul Stevens, Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling For The Rest of Your Life, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. So full of wisdom.

Richard A Swenson, Contentment: The Secret to a Lasting Calm, Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2013.



Boomer’s Bodies and Yours - http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-dignity-of-our-deterioration

Resolutions on Growing old with God - http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/resolutions-on-growing-old-with-god

The Books Boomer’s will never read - http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-books-boomers-will-never-read

Getting Old for the Glory of God - http://www.desiringgod.org/conference-messages/getting-old-for-the-glory-of-god

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