“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and freedom.”
—Victor Frankl

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Bibliography for Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life

Books on a variety of topics including

Practical Help for Successfully Navigating Into and Within the Third Age

Burgett, Gordon
How to Create Your Own Super Second Life: What are you going to do with your extra 30 years? (Communication Unlimited, 1999)

Bridges, William
Transitions (Addison-Wesley, 1980) and
Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change (2nd ed., Perseus, 2003)

Cantor, Dorothy (with Andrea Thompson)
What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?: Starting the Next Chapter of Your Life (Little Brown& Co., 2000).

Freudenheim, Ellen
Looking Forward: An Optimist’s Guide to Retirement (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2004)

Hudson, Frederick M. and Pamela D. McLean
Life Launch: A Passionate Guide to the Rest of Your Life (4th ed. Hudson Institute Press, 2001).

Leider, Richard J. and David A. Shapiro
Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life (San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler, 2002)

Rich, Phil, et. al.
The Healing Journey Through Retirement: Your Journal of Transition and Transformation (John Wiley & Sons, 2000)

Sadler, William and James Krefft, Changing Course: Navigating Life After 50 (Center for Third Age Leadership Press, 2007)

Seixas, Abby

Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Meaning and Balance in Everyday Life ( :2006). (A burning 3rd-age issue, also relevant for men. www.deepriverwithin.com)

Stone, Marika and Howard
Too Young to Retire: An Off-the-Road Map to the Rest of Your Life (2nd ed.,The Writers’ Collective, 2004) www.2young2retire.com

Trafford, Abigail
My Time: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life (Basic Books, 2004)

Zelinsky, Ernie J.

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom that you Won't Get From your Financial Advisor(Ten Speed Press, 2004)

Work/Career Focus

Critchley, Robert K.
Rewired, Rehired, or Retired? A Global Guide for the Experienced Worker (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 2002)

Edwards, Paul and Sarah
Finding Your Perfect Work (NY: Tarcher/ Putnam, 1996) and
The Best Home Businesses for the 21st Century (Tarcher, 3rd ed. 1999)

Everett, Melissa
Making a Living While Making a Difference (New Society Publishing, 1999)

Freedman, Marc

Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life (PublicAffairs, 2007)

Levoy, Gregg
Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life (Three Rivers Press, 1998)

Lloyd, Carol
Creating a Life Worth Living (Harper Perennial, 1997)

Pink, Daniel
Free Agent Nation: How America’s New Independent Workers Are Transforming the Way We Live (Warner books, 2001)* (www.FreeAgent.com)

Sedler, Jeri and Rick Miners
Don’t Retire, Rewire! (Alpha/Penguin, 2003)

Sher, Barbara (with Annie Gottlieb)
Wishcraft (Ballantine, 1979)
It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now: How To Create Your Second Life After 40 (Delacorte Press, 1998),

Walker, Jean, EdD
Age Advantage: Making the Most of Your Midlife Career Transition (The Berkley Publishing Group, 2000)

Successful Aging/Aging Process

Arrien, Angeles

The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom (Sounds True, 2005)

Chinen, Allan B.
In the Ever After: Fairy Tales and the Second Half of Life (Chiron, 1989)

Carter, Jimmy and Roselyn
Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life (Random House/Fawcett, 1989)

Cohen, Gene D., MD, PhD
The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life (Avon/HarperCollins, 2000)

The Mature Mind: the Positive Power of the Aging Brain (Basic Books, 2005)

Goldman, Connie and Richard Mahler
Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer: Extraordinary and Ordinary People on the Art of Staying Creative, Alive, and Aware in Midlife and Beyond (Hazelden Information Education, 2000)

Leider, Richard and David Shapiro, Reclaiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose (Berrett-Koehler, 2004)

Sadler, William A.
The Third Age: Six Principles for Growth and Renewal After Forty (Perseus Publishing, 2000)

Vaillant, George E.
Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life (Little, Brown 2002)

Social and Money Issues

Bornstein, David
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2004)

Freedman, Marc
Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America (New York City: Public Affairs, 1999)

Dominguez, Joe and Vicki Robin
Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence (Penguin, 2000)

Kinder, George
The Seven Stages of Money Maturity: Understanding the Spirit and Value of Money in Your Life (Dell Publishing, 2000)

Twist, Lynne (with Teresa Barker)
The Soul of Money, Transforming your Relationship with Money and Life (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003)


Albom, Mitch

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lessons (Doubleday,1997)

Angelou, Maya

Letter To My Daughter (Random House, 2008)

Baines, Barry K. MD

Ethical Wills: Putting your Values on Paper (Perseus Books, 2006)

Burgess, Gloria 

Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside: Live Your Legacy Now (Jossey-Bass, 2008)

Elgin, Duane and Coleen LeDrew

Living Legacies: How to Write, Illustrate, and Share Your Life Stories (Conari Press, 2001)

Franco, Carol and Kent Lineback

The Legacy Guide: Capturing the Facts, Memories, and Meaning of Your Life (J. Tarcher/Penguin, 2006)

Freed, Rachael

Women’s Lives, Women’s Legacies: Passing Your Beliefs & Blessings to Future Generations (Fairview Press, 2003)

Joy, Meredith

My Last Wishes: A Journal of Life, Love, Laughs & a Few Final Notes (HarperCollins, 2007)

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth & David Kessler

Life Lessons: Two experts on death and dying teach us about the mysteries of life and living (Scribner, 2000)

Ledoux, Dennis

Turning Memories into Memoirs: a Handbook for Writing Life Stories (Soleil Press, 2005); The Photo Scribe: A Writing Guide: How to Write the Stories Behind Your Photographs (Soleil Press, 2008)

Levine, Stephen and Ondrea

Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying (Anchor books, 1982)

Luskin, Fred

Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness (HarperCollins, 2002)

Lustbader, Wendy

What’s Worth Knowing (Penguin Press, 2002)

Markova, Dawna

 I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion (Conari Press, 2000)

McCord, Bill, 

The Gift of You: How to Tell Your Loved Ones Who You Really Are (Chicago Review Press, 2004)

O’Kelly, Eugene

Chasing Daylight: How my Forthcoming Death Transformed my Life (McGraw Hill, 2006)  

Pausch, Randy and Jeffrey Zaslow

The Last Lecture (Hyperion, 2008)

Spence, Linda 

Legacy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Personal History (Swallow Press/U. of Ohio Press, 1997)

Seale, Alan

Soul Mission, Life Vision: Recognize Your True Gifts and Make Your Mark in the World (Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 2003)

Turnbull, Susan B.,

The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-Step Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will (Benedict Press, 2005, available through www.youre3thicalwill.com)

Underwood, Judy K., Ph.D.,

Dying: Finding Comfort and Guidance in a Story of Peaceful Passing (Odyssey Ink, 2008)


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