Second Half Living
Tony Horsfall, British author and spiritual trainer, says that midlife “…can be some of the most important years of our lives in spiritual terms. They are times of change, which can include turbulent emotional transitions as we encounter a range of personal issues.”
Well-known pastor and author, Gordon MacDonald says: “I am disappointed by the number of Christians who … slowly empty their spiritual tank of yesterday’s zeal and vision, and now merely go through the motions of a fantasy faith that makes no sense in the streets of the real world.”
However the Bible says, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree…planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” (Psalm 92:12-14 NIV)
Clearly a positive and satisfying later life is possible! So how can we help one another to navigate these potentially stormy seas? Second Half Living, pioneered by Martin and Marion Cooper (Southampton), aims to help people enjoy and flourish in the ‘second half’ of their lives.
Currently, Second Half Living consists of four workshops introduced by a taster presentation. These sessions begin to explain what is going on in the midlife stage, provide an opportunity to review the past, assess the present and consider the future. Four key areas are introduced: change and transition, anxiety and fear, work and rest, and leaving a spiritual legacy.
If, following the workshop series, participants want to discuss topics further, the Second Half Living team would support them in establishing and running autonomous groups in their social context.
Second Half Living is led by Phil Watson (Cardiff) so if you’d like to find out more about it please get in touch.
 Horsfall, T. (2016) Spiritual Growth in a Time of Change: following God in midlife. Abingdon: Bible Reading Fellowship, back cover.
 MacDonald, G. (2004) A Resilient Life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
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