Wisdom for All of Life

January 19, 2016

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In their new book, 40/40 Vision: Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife, Peter Greer and Greg Lafferty explore a number of issues to which we can all relate. Their book is geared towards those in their 40’s who are facing mid-life and the period of evaluation which goes hand in hand.

The source of wisdom comes from the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes. This makes their book applicable to any age as they explore timeless wisdom in a readable, page turning format with many personal stories and contemporary illustrations.

Areas covered are:

  • Disappointment
  • Fulfillment
  • Giving
  • Rest
  • Friendships and more

As you can see from these topics, this book can impact any age bracket.

The truth included is not complicated. Wisdom never is.

What it does accomplish is to remind us of many simple principles which need to constantly be evaluated in our lives throughout the various seasons of life.

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One quote which stood out to me shows how no matter what stage we are at in life, we tend to long for something different.

“No matter what your station in life, it can feel like the opposite would be better. Singles long for marriage while married’s long for the freedom of singleness. Childless couples want kids while veteran parents look forward to the empty nest. Poorer people want more money, while richer people consider trading down to a forty hour work week and a modest paycheck. We long for a snow day and just as quickly long for a return to school.”

Contentment, as the author of Ecclesiastes points out, is found when we understand the meaning of life is lived not “under the Sun” but “Under God.

I’ve previously reviewed Peter’s book Mission Drift, and have a tremendous amount of respect for his organization, Hope International.

If you want to dive into the truths presented in Ecclesiastes and consider some timely questions no matter what age, take a look at this book.

Photo by Carlos Galindo
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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A missionary teacher for 24 years currently living in South Africa. I am a recovering superhero, daily in need of the grace of God