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I'm just beginning to look into missions. I've been so busy with life, work, family, church, that I am just now looking up from my desk and beginning to think about the second half of my life. I'm considering how to balance my priorities and where missions might fit in. I'm asking if my current career is where God wants me to stay. How do I begin to look into the possibility of missions? Now don't get me wrong, I'm not considering moving to some far off country, I just want the freedom to think more broadly than I have in the past. 

What are some "next steps" for me? 

Wow, what an interesting journey you are about to begin! There are a number of things you can do right now that will help as you consider what ministry opportunities God may have in store for you now and in the future when your life situation allows for a change. 

Read Testimonials from those who have made the transition from a career to missions. 

Learn more about the history, customs, cultures, and statistics of Countries that are of special interest to you.

Read one or more of these leading books that will encourage you and help you reflect on your aspirations for the second half of your life from a perspective that is radically different from that of previous generations.   


 Game Plan  by Bob Buford            Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance by Bob Buford

Game Plan: Winning Strategies for the Second Half of Your Life
By Bob Buford

In Game Plan, Buford gives you a practical way to move from success to significance and create an individual strategy that can get you where you want to be five, ten, twenty, thirty or more years from now. If you sense it's time for a positive change in your life, Game Plan gives you the tools to uncover your best self, aim for your highest dreams, and make your career and personal life more meaningful and fulfilling than ever.


Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance by Bob Buford         

HalfTime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance
By Bob Buford

Bob Buford (Finishing Well) believes the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. So he recommends that a reader call "halftime" to reflect not only on where he's going, but why.

In Halftime, Buford focuses on this important time of transition - the time when, as he says, a person moves beyond the first half of the game of life. It's halftime, a time of revitalization and for catching new vision for living the second, most rewarding half of life.


I Want to Make a Difference Now:  Your Bridge to Global Impact by Don Parrot        

I Want to Make a Difference Now: Your Bridge to Global Impact
By Don Parrott

I Want to Make a Difference Now is the new book by Don Parrott, President of Finishers Project. This book examines the major issues midlife adults need to sort through when determining how to invest their lives to make a lasting impact.  Topics include family issues, financial needs, possible roles to play, your best fit, discerning God's will for you, and more.  Read this book to embrace life's demands, to build character, or to chart your next steps in making a global impact!



 Second Wind for the Second Half by Patrick Morley          

Second Wind for the Second Half
By Patrick M. Morley

Patrick Morley helps men and women move successfully through midlife transition. Today, midlife is not so much an age as an experience. It is the time we each come to, that moment of self-assessment, when we wonder if we have taken the right path. Sometime in our 30s, 40s, or 50s, the dreams that haven't materialized for us, the goals we haven't achieved, loom before us - and we recognize they may never happen. We stand at a crossroads and ask, "Who have I become?" "How did I get here?" "Is this who I really am and want to be?" "How can I reinvent myself so the rest of my journey matters?" In Second Wind for the Second Half, Patrick Morley offers insight for men and women alike. Here is wisdom for all who have reached a turning point midway through life and wonder where to go to find a new and better journey. Raising issues common to all of us during the middle years, Second Wind for the Second Half offers practical ideas to make peace with the changes that occur, and shows readers how to pass through to a deeper, lasting sense of significance and joy. When life loses its zip and suddenly what was meaningful seems meaningless, it can become a golden opportunity to examine our assumptions about our own lives. Second Wind for the Second Half shows how this process of re-evaluation and reinvention of ourselves can spur us on to find new and promising pathways for a more fulfilling, joyous life. 


Stuck in Halftime by Bob Buford         

Stuck in Halftime: Reinvesting Your One and Only Life
By Bob Buford

Stuck in Halftime suggests that life's halftime is a time out; it's a time to think seriously about one's purpose in life and form a plan for moving forward. Many, however, have become stuck in halftime and need to get unstuck. Drawing on a lifetime of experience as a businessman, leader, friend, and mentor, Bob Buford shows you how to get past the barriers that stand between you and God's ultimate intentions for your life.