Launch Your Encore

Finding Adventure and Purpose Later in Life

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Discover how to make the next years the best years

For you and the seventy-six million other Americans reaching age sixty and beyond, one all-important question is likely on your mind: What will I do when my main act career is over? One thing is certain--you want your later years to be meaningful and fulfilling.

Launch Your Encore is your game plan for what comes next. Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks show you how to enter this new stage of life poised for personal satisfaction and ready to make your own unique contributions to society. With real-life examples of people who have made the transition from their main careers to mentoring, volunteering, ministry, or even second careers, Launch Your Encore shows you how to make an impact later in life.


"Navigating the waters of post-career life can be challenging. Finzel and Hicks give great guidance on how to pass the rapids successfully. Your best years may well be ahead. I highly recommend this book for all who are retired or contemplating finding new adventure later in life."--Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages

"Rarely do I find a 'must-read' book, but this is one! Hans and Rick speak to every boomer in a way that both confronts the reality of this stage and includes biblical insight, help, and encouragement."--H. Norman Wright, author of What's Next?: Navigating Transitions to Make the Rest of Your Life Count

"Whether you're feeling well prepared or overwhelmed and unprepared to do life well in the '60-80 Window' of life, you could not have two better guides than these authors."--John Trent, author of LifeMapping and The Blessing; Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family Ministry and Therapy, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago


Hans Finzel (DMiss, Fuller Graduate School) is an author, a highly sought-after speaker, a podcaster, and a trusted authority in the field of leadership. He recently completed twenty years as president and CEO of nonprofit WorldVenture. Hans is the author of eight books, including the bestselling The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make. He and his wife, Donna, live in Colorado.

Rick Hicks (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is an author, an international speaker, and a consultant. He served as president of OM USA for fourteen years and is currently the North American area leader for OM (Operation Mobilization). Rick is coauthor of Seeking Solid Ground and Boomers, Xers, and Other Strangers. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Southern California.


Endorsements

"Navigating the waters of post-career life can be challenging. In Launch Your Encore, Finzel and Hicks give great guidance on how to pass the rapids successfully. Your best years may well be ahead. I highly recommend this book for all who are retired or contemplating finding new adventure later in life."

Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages

"Rarely do I find a 'must-read' book, but this is one! Hans and Rick speak to every boomer in a way that both confronts the reality of this stage and includes biblical insight, help, and encouragement. Yes, it is a 'must-read,' and before you turn fifty!"

H. Norman Wright, author of What's Next: Navigating Transitions to Make the Rest of Your Life Count

"Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks tell boomers, 'retirement should not be an exit sign, but a door into something fresh, new, and exciting.' But for the many of the people I meet with and counsel, retirement stands for 'fear, uncertainty, and stress.' That is exactly why I highly recommend you read this book--now! Whether you're feeling well prepared or overwhelmed and unprepared to do life well in the '60-80 Window' of life, you could not have two better guides than these authors whom I know well and respect greatly. This is now my 'read first' book for those wanting to walk well with the Lord in life, with their family, and all through this crucial period of life."

John Trent, author of LifeMapping and The Blessing; Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family Ministry and Therapy, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago

"At seventy-six years of age I can testify that the senior years can be some of the best years and here is a book that can help make it happen. I fear that the people who need this book the most will never even see it, so please get extra copies to give away."

George Verwer, founder of OM

"A great look into the why and how of energizing our later years with purpose and meaning--with plenty of inspirational, relevant stories and tools for self-assessment and planning."

Harold Myra, former CEO of Christianity Today International

"Launch Your Encore is a brief, energizing, life-changing read. The authors, both long-time executives of frontline missions organizations, provide fellow boomers with a sure blueprint for finishing well--as did the original 'Old Dog,' Caleb (his name actually means dog), an octogenarian who led God's people in the capture of Hebron. This book is sure to have a wide appeal and influence because of its broad trans-cultural principles, compelling personal anecdotes and testimony, clear scriptural basis, and next-step wisdom. Certain to launch many glorious sunsets!"

R. Kent Hughes, senior pastor emeritus, College Church in Wheaton

"Baby boomers are living longer lives and living healthier lives. Hans and Rick have provided a practical and inspiring guide to help baby boomers live better lives and more fulfilling lives."

Dan Bolin, international director of Christian Camping International

"An encore means your audience wants more--from you. Don't exit your stage--embrace it! Launch Your Encore shows you how to engage life's new stages. Warm and practical, this book helps you choose and create realistic expectations for your future. Begin to compose new melodies and write fresh lyrics to your life's song--then present them with all you've got! Inspire your expanding audience to create and perform songs of their own design. There is no 'fine' (ending) to these melodies."

Glen Aubrey, professional musician and publisher, www.glenaubrey.com


The Authors

  1. Hans Finzel

    Hans Finzel

    Hans Finzel (DMiss, Fuller Graduate School) is an author, a highly sought-after speaker, a podcaster, and a leader among leaders. He recently completed twenty years as president and CEO of international nonprofit WorldVenture. Hans is the author of eight...

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  2. Rick Hicks

    Rick Hicks

    Rick Hicks (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is an author, an international speaker, and a consultant. He served as president of OM USA for fourteen years and is currently the North American area leader for OM. Rick is coauthor of Seeking Solid Ground...

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