Book Review | The Second-Half Adventure by Kay Marshall Strom

The Second-Half Adventure: Don’t Just Retire-Use Your Time, Skills, and Resources to Change the World by Kay Marshall Strom

About the Book:

Whoever you are, whatever your skills and experiences, you can use what you have gained in life to help change the world. In connection with The Finishers Project, The Second-Half Adventure will enable you to analyze where you have been, where you want to go in the second-half of your life, and how to start preparing today.

Through the stories of individuals and couples who have found meaningful involvement from business people to housewives, from engineers to artists this book will help you infuse your special God-given years with purpose and eternal significance. The best adventure is yet to come!

My Review: 
There is only one word that can adequately describe The Second-Half Adventure: inspirational. Kay Marshall Strom’s book is a provocative and resourceful tool to help retiring adults channel their talent and energy into something meaningful.
It is written from (and, for the most part, for) a Christian perspective, with quite a few Scripture quotes sprinkled throughout. A few statements and generalizations, however, don’t quite ring true such as the assumption that the negative world opinion of Americans is a result of chase-and-shoot movies and self-important singers (this is, at best, an over-simplified view of the world) but they don’t do much harm to the overall message. The one issue that doesn’t get addressed adequately, and probably should, is the recession and its effects on retirement and financial security, not to mention volunteerism efforts. In Chapter 5, A Solution Waiting to Happen, Strom poses ten questions for volunteers-in-waiting, in an effort to assess their calling. Do you have an adequate support system? What is your passion? Do you have physical limitations? These questions are part of her practical exercise that helps guide readers into a successful volunteer experience.The Second-Half Adventure does a lot of cheerleading and persuading, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You can’t help but get the impression that Strom is trying to talk you into this calling. As the book notes, the #1 regret of individuals 95 and older is not doing more things that live on after I’m dead. This is the opportunity that Strom is encouraging, which makes this book so uplifting and full of positive reinforcement. The most important theme throughout this book is the value of service  on any scale for everyone involved. You will walk away from The Second-Half Adventure with a good attitude and, just maybe, the resolution to give back.
About Kay Marshall Strom:
Kay Marshall Strom has written thirty-six published books, numerous magazine articles, and two screenplays. Four of her books have been chosen as book club selections, eleven have been translated into foreign languages, and one was optioned for a movie. Her writing is also included in numerous volumes and compilations, including the bestselling Conversations on Purpose for Women (Zondervan 2005) and various editions of the NIV Devotional Bibles.In addition to her writing, Kay taught writing classes through the California State University system for ten years, and still teaches at writers conferences around the country. In 2008, she was invited to India to teach writing in order to give a voice to those not normally heard.

A sought-after speaker, Kay is in demand for retreats and special events throughout the US and around the world.

Kay and her husband Dan Kline make their home in the Pacific Northwest.

You can visit her website at

Thank you to Pump Up Your Book for providing me with a free book for my review. Opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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