4 Stars Out Of 5
August 28, 2014
This is a MUCH more worthwhile book than one might think, even though a bit dated, since written before the 2008 crash. Of the 3 realities ... caring for parents, adult children moving back (with kids), and retiring to a fixed income with underfunded social security, medicare, and personal funds ... only the third is especially relevant (or so I believe).
Yet, even though the first two may not bear on my life, the writing is insightful and rewarding.
As to the third, I was born in 1947, so am in the vanguard. Terry argues that I should work as long as possible. Can I shoot the messenger? I guess that does not help with unpleasant truths. He did score points with me for suggesting using a bike as real transportation. I've done this in Anchorage for over 25 years (year round), but now arthritis in hip and knee has brought changes. Now we actually own two cars. As he suggests, we are working on changing our spending habits. I wish me lots of luck.
There are two things not covered. The first is the importance of doing all you can to stay healthy ... well, if mentioned it is not emphasized. The second is making sure your wills are in order; another thing for us to do.
This is fundamentally a Christian-oriented book in that scripture comes up either as support or illustration of his points. For those of you who would be as likely to join the Islamic State as ever to become a Christian, you should still read the book. Terry does not beat the reader up in an evangelistic frenzy. It's just not on his program. That ancient cultures might have worthwhile things to say should not offend you, nor should his own obvious reverence for our Creator. We are all in this together.