"Finishing Well" reminds us of the parallels between the disciplines of training for an distance race and following Christ. Chapman recounts his experiences of training for his first half marathon - the struggle, the search for motivation, being accountable, and the desire to "Finish Well." If you are new to the faith or interested in starting a running/fitness program, reading this book can help remind you that it, or anything you commit to pursuing, CAN be done if you'll keep your focus on the author of our faith. Kent Ogle, Run for God instructor
Author: Bob P. Buford
Release Date: 2011-04-05
Author Bob Buford called them “code breakers”. They are people age 40 and older who have pioneered the art of finishing well in these modern times, and who can teach us to do the same, starting today. Buford sought out 60 of these trailblazers—including Peter Drucker, Roger Staubach, Jim Collins, Ken Blanchard and Dallas Willard—and has recorded their lively conversations in these pages so that they can serve as “mentors in print” for all of us.“Twenty years from now,” Buford writes, “the rules for this second adulthood as a productive season of life may be better known. But for now, we’re out across the frontier breaking new ground.” Buford gives you a chance to sit at the feet of these pioneers and learn from them about Finishing Well so that you may shift into a far more fulfilling life now, no matter your age. A life of significance that will be a legacy for future generations too.
Author: Jim Grassi
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2014-09-09
Many men struggle with identity issues, mid-life crises, depression, self-esteem, and defining a life mission. Our culture has tried to redefine what Christian manhood means. A growing number of men see their primary identity in what they do rather than who they are. Not enough men value the importance of great character and modeling Christlike attitudes. In Finishing Well, Finishing Strong, Jim Grassi explores what spiritual manhood looks like and how men can discover the joy of living an abundant life. Persevering through pressure and stress to find God's peace allows men not to quit when the going gets tough. Dr. Grassi helps men discover the difference between having worldly success and developing spiritual significance. Men will feel motivated, empowered, and equipped to better cope with the issues in our chaotic culture that impact personal growth. Features include: Practical and relevant ideas and resources to assist those wishing to find more joy in their lives Specific suggestions for lifestyle adjustments to give a better understanding of balance and stress management An exploration of what it means to have a spiritual mentor Powerful Bible studies for applying God's wisdom to developing short- and long-term goals Encouragement for perseverance and coping with chaotic issues
Author: David W. F. Wong
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release Date: 2015-06-24
In life, how we begin and continue is important. But ultimately, it is how we finish that really matters. Some of us have begun well. Some of us have continued well. But how will we finish? Will we finish well, or will we finish badly? "This book highlights the fact that biographical study is highly profitable for leadership insights. David Wong writes well, using apt illustrations, appropriately using humor, sharing his personal experiences, and identifying insightful leadership principles. "He does so while examining thirteen biblical characters, deriving both positive and negative observations from incidents in their lives. The overarching theme involves the concept of finishing well-chapters in a life and/or the entire life. "I recommend this book as a highly valuable leadership book." -Professor J. Robert "Bobby" Clinton, Professor of Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary
Author: Richard Clinton
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date: 2012-12-19
FINISHING WELL Finishing Well is the third and final book in our Well Trilogy, which focuses on establishing our legacy in later years. Finishing Well gives the reader an opportunity to assess ultimate contributions while navigating necessary transitions in life and leadership in order to establish a lasting legacy. This book is designed to integrate Biblical leadership principals, lessons, and examples with real life experiences to help the reader better understand the dynamics and challenges of growing older and navigating the end game in such a way that they do not hinder God's ultimate purposes for their lives. To put it simply, we want to help older (50- 60s) men and women who have started well, lived and lead well to finish well and leave a lasting legacy for God's glory, their fulfillment, and the next generation's benefit. Our focus in this book is finishing well. Our goals include: 1. Providing an overview of the leadership "landscape" of getting older so that you can anticipate challenges and opportunities in order to cooperate with God in his purposes. 2. Providing Biblical insight and opportunities to examine your spiritual formation and foundation as they relate to moral, relational, and faith barriers that if not dealt with can lead to burnout, blowout, or plateauing. 3. Ministering to your inner life as well as providing information about convergence and afterglow as you prepare to finish well and establish your lasting legacy. 4. Providing Biblical and real life insights and examples for navigating the challenges and embracing the opportunities of end game growth and ministry. It is our desire that Finishing Well will be a blessing to you. How our life and leadership ends, how we make critical transitions to empower the next generation of leaders, and the quality of relationships we have will determine how we finish and the quality of our legacy.
The personal well-being of pastors and church leaders is often taken for granted. There is an assumption and expectation that “spiritual” people are resilient and know how to look after themselves. Unfortunately, however, many pastors and church leaders around the world do not attend adequately to personal well-being issues and consequently withdraw from ministry or fail to finish well. Finishing Well in Ministry is a unique book that combines biblical truths based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians and important personal well-being principles for longevity and faithfulness in our ministries. No matter how long you have been in ministry, this book will spur you to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).
Author: Billy Graham
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2013-05-06
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. —Acts 20:24 (ESV) Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham, known by many as God’s Ambassador. “I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way.” In Nearing Home this man of faith—now in his nineties—explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. Billy Graham invites us to journey with him as he considers the golden years while anticipating the hope of being reunited with his wife, Ruth, in his heavenly home that eclipses this world. “When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice,” says the author. “Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Join Billy Graham as he shares the challenges of fading strength but still standing strong in his commitment to finishing life well. “Explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfillment and even joy that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day.” —BILLY GRAHAM
So often, in the later seasons of life, well-meaning people findthemselves with loose ends hanging; affairs are not in order.Life just happens and they never get around to making plans.Dangling decisions still need to be made. Additionally, unresolvedrelationship issues might need healing and closure. These thingsnag us in the back of our minds and diminish our peace. But wheredo you start? Who can you trust? And what needs to be done?Relax! Susie's guide for tying up those loose ends can help youfinally get those affairs in order with confidence. Now you canhave the peace of mind that will make your life a joy to live. Hereis your Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How to Finishing Well!
Author: Grant D. Fairley
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
Release Date: 2015-01-04
The Baby Boom Generation is in The Third Act of their story. The way a play or a movie finishes the tale leaves the audience satisfied or disappointed. How will your story be remembered? Will you finish well? Geriatric psychiatrist William S. Cook, Jr., M.D. and motivational speaker Grant D. Fairley explore with you the challenges and opportunities awaiting all baby boomers in the final third of life. What you need to know about: Family - Retirement - Purpose - Health - Friendships - Perspective - Aging Well - Meaning - Choices - Opportunities - Generations - Grief - Service - Relationships - Legacy. How will you use the resources of time, knowledge and experience that you have accumulated? After a lifetime spent seeking, discovering and achieving - what is left? Where will the Boomers find meaning and purpose as the curtain rises for the third act? What will you choose to do with the time you have left? If you are a baby boomer - this book is for you.
Most people want to finish life well, yet so few take the time necessary to carefully think through what that entails. Some say it means contentment, happiness, and freedom from pain. Many desire to simply maintain their dignity and enjoy their family and loved ones. These are reasonable goals; yet, there is a more profound, uniquely Christian approach to the end of life. John Dunlop, a medical doctor who has practiced for over thirty years and specializes in geriatrics, combines his medical expertise, firsthand experience with patients, and firm commitment to Scripture to propose nine strategies for finishing life well. He shows how with proper physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation, aging and death need not be a fight to the finish but a purposeful resting in the arms of the Savior. Theologically robust and practically relevant, this book will prove to be a sensitive and helpful resource for anyone facing end-of-life issues.
This is a short review of the lives of three men who members of the same family; a grandfather (Abijah), a father (Asa) and a grandson (Jehoshaphat); all of whom were Kings of Judah, the Southern Kingdom of Israel. In fact they each ruled over Judah in succession. Each enhanced the spiritual and secular fortunes of Judah while they reigned and received the accolades of the writers of Jewish history as recorded in 2 Chronicles Chapters 13 through 19 of the Bible. And yet in spite of all they accomplished, their last years stand in stark contrast to all of their former years. In short, none of them, except the grandfather, finished well at all. As humans we each are endowed with an inner drive to do well, to make our lives count, to become men and women of renown, to somehow make the world the world a better place for our having trod its surface and lived among its numerous inhabitants. We want to leave a mark; to be remembered, preferably for something grand, glorious and greater than ourselves; whether it's a problem solved, an invention, a book or a play, a captivating painting or sculpture, a moving song composed or sung, an empire built or a reputation gained, we want those attending our funeral to be inspired by our creativity, our perseverance, our dedication, our ingenuity, as well as our character; something that our individual contribution testifies to our awesomeness long after we are gone. How we go about making that mark goes a long way toward establishing what will be said of us. Many will be remembered for actions related to a specific event, while the vast majority will make their mark as result of the reputation they acquired through a multitude of decisions and actions taken over an entire life time. Others will make their mark through decades of selfless devotion to the betterment of others, and whose memory is firmly etched in the lives of those they may have only touched once, but touched deeply. How do we ensure that that our last days do not wipe out the memory of all the good we have accomplished in our previous days. What can we do now to ensure that our private lives match our public persona. This book looks at some of those habit patterns that will help establish one that fully supports the other.