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Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement

R. Jack Hansen, Jerry P. Haas • July 2010

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This retirement book focuses on the personal dimensions of the move from full-time work to partial or full retirement. Drawing upon conversations with retired professionals from around the country, it identifies some of the key transitions in the first years of retirement, the unique opportunities for personal growth in this phase of life, and the real challenges we must face. Retired engineer Jack Hansen and spiritual formation leader Jerry Haas explore the transitions, opportunities, and challenges of facing retirement through a series of interviews with persons facing and in retirement. It is about the more personal dimensions of the transition from working full time to retirement, including relationships, feelings of self-worth and purpose, and spiritual and intellectual growth.

Taken as a whole, the conversations and interactions with retirees suggest an exciting and challenging picture of retirement. This time of life can be one of significant personal growth. It can also be an opportunity for further contribution to one's professional field or the investment of one's talents and experience in volunteer capacities. It is also clear that moving from full-time work to retirement involves important and sometimes painful adjustments in key relationships and in sources of self worth. With some attention and effort, however, these are usually worked through successfully in early retirement years.


Categories: Older Adults
Jack Hansen is mostly retired from a career in research and research leadership. He still works part-time for the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Congnition and consults for the NASA Ames Research Center. He became particularly interested in the personal dimensiond of transition from full-time work as he was making his own tranisistion. He and his wife, Pat, reside in Greenville, South Carolina.

Jerry P. Haas is executive director of Border Community Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising cross-border awareness and fostering binational relations along the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico border. Before assuming this role, he served as director of the Academy for Spiritual Formation and spiritual director of The Upper Room (1999–2012). He pastored churches in California and Arizona for 25 years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee. Jerry is the coauthor of The Cycle of Grace: Living in Sacred Balance (with Trevor Hudson) and Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement (with Jack Hansen). He was project coordinator for Upper Room Worshipbook: Music and Liturgies for Spiritual Formation. Jerry and his wife, Donna, live in the Tucscon, Arizona, area.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1025-8

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1286-3

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1287-0

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20100701

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.234 in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Adult

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*Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement** is a thought-provoking guide to help individuals make the important and sometimes difficult transition into a new phase of life. This book provides current and future retirees with the tools necessary to make a normally uncertain transition a little smoother. I plan to give this book to all my currently retired clients and those preparing to do so. --John L. Peacock Jr., CFP, CRPC, Financial Advisor

*Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement** is a must read for all approaching retirement, in its early stages, or having lived there for a while. Through solid research, Jack Hansen and Jerry Haas lead us into living in retirement. Through life stories we feel the pulse of men and women struggling with issues of personal identity and meaning, family relationships, friendships, spiritual and intellectual challenges, caregiving, physical decline, and money. Rising above uncertainty and stress, they tell of courage and hope. --Thomas O. Buford Louis G. Forgione Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus Furman University

Books by Jerry P. Haas