Moving From Midlife Crisis To ‘Half Time’ (Book Review)

418s0cO2dZLIf you’re going to have a midlife crisis anyway, you’d better make the best of it.

Recently I learned that there is such a thing as a midlife crisis–it’s a psychological phenomenon that all men go through, usually as they approach 40 years old, where they re-evaluate their life, find it devoid of meaning, and then…

The ‘…and then’ is what Half Time is about. What most men need to do is look at their life and transform it from one focused on success to one focused on significance. At some point we all decide that what we do has to have meaning–lasting significance beyond the end of our life–or we give up in one way or another. This book encourages you to re-evaluate your life by asking, ‘what’s in your box?’ In other words, what is the most important thing to you? Business or Christ? And if Christ, what then?

This is a very challenging book, partly because it asks a lot of uncomfortable questions, and partly because the writer is frustratingly hard to relate with at times. He says that it doesn’t matter how much success we had in our first half–while he goes on to say that he has several cars and houses, and I look at my much-less-affluent situation and cringe. I wish the man no lack of prosperity, I just find it difficult to relate with someone who has apparently always been rich and successful.

The best and worst part is the questions. This book demands a lot out of you, writing vision statements, thinking about your next demands, running plans past mentors. If you do what the book says, I think it’ll be very helpful. When I’m not throwing the book across the room, I’m picking it up and gleaning a good bit out of it. Perhaps those are the best kind of books: the ones that make you a little angry, so the point where you must respond. The author, Bob Buford, greatly succeeds here.

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