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What am I going to do with my retirement?
People talk about retirement like it's supposed to be an endless vacation. But what if, like the majority of those facing retirement, you can't afford such a luxury? Or, what if you just want something more from retirement? Some advocate for no retirement at all. But you've worked for decades and a rest and reprieve do sound appealing. What should you do? Does God have a purpose for your retirement?
Yes, He does. Learn how to discern what it is by taking an uncommon approach. Jeff Haanen looks biblically and practically at the need for rest and purpose in retirement. And teaches you how to:
Planning retirement doesn't have to be distressing. Retire in a way that's God-honoring, purpose-filled, restful, and truly biblical.
Praise for An Uncommon Guide to Retirement
Most of life is pretty autobiographical, and it cannot not be—which makes for a good question: Why this book? Its thoughtful and gifted author, Jeff Haanen, seems years away from the time when most wonder about the "third third" of life. But in reading An Uncommon Guide to Retirement, what is impressive is that he pays attention very well, listening to people and watching the world, wanting to make sense of all of life for all of us. As he does that, he is never far from his own life as a son, a grandson, and a great-grandson, the legacy of long-loved loves a lens for the serious study that brings his book into being. With the growing population of men and woman coming into their retirement, I hope that Hannen's good work will be "an uncommon guide" for many, its rich reading of the idea of calling threading its way through the years of life for everyone everywhere.
Professor of Marketplace Theology at Regent College
Author of Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good
Haanen does an excellent job describing and then countering the prevailing cultural narratives on retirement. This is a must-read resource for older believers and for the congregational leaders serving them.
Amy L. Sherman
Author, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
Finding the place where God's fire burns in your heart to serve your neighbor and bring joy to your own life—here is the task for those of us entering retirement. I'm convinced Jeff's book, An Uncommon Guide to Retirement, is a great resource for those who want to challenge cultural assumptions about retirement and find new ways to serve God for a lifetime.
Retired CEO of Thrivent Financial
I've wanted to be older all my life. It was always in the back of my mind that something was waiting for me there. Jeff Haanen's book might make some uncomfortable but it has only confirmed what I thought to be true: something good is waiting for all of us.
President of The Gathering
This is the most comprehensive treatment of retirement from a Christian perspective that I've seen yet. Haanen's counsel is wisdom for adults of every generation today: not only for current retirees and boomers, but also for Gen Xers and millennials, whose choices now will dramatically impact their flourishing in life's latter years.
Managing Editor at Christianity Today magazine
I've had the privilege of working with individuals, families, and couples over the last 40+ years. One of the most difficult areas to deal with is retirement. Our culture teaches us that we can retire to a life of leisure. My counsel has always been, "You're not finished with God's work until He takes you home; therefore let's talk about 'rehirement' instead of retirement." Jeff has made a very meaningful contribution to this topic, one that is desperately needed to be understood by the body of Christ.
Founder of Kingdom Advisors and Ronald Blue & Co.
Cofounder of National Christian Foundation