Preparing for retirement


Approaching retirement is bittersweet.  On the one hand, as you imagine the blissful days beyond the challenges and fast pace of work life, you may daydream about the hammock by the lake as it beckons each day for an afternoon nap.  On the other hand, your practical side may kick in, leaving you asking, “How can I afford to retire?” or “What will I do with my time?  Will I be fulfilled?”

Below is a list of books we have come across on the subject of planning financially, emotionally, and spiritually for retirement.

Clergy, Retirement and Wholeness: Looking Forward to the Third Age by Gwen Halaas

Called for Life: Finding Meaning in Retirement by Paul C. Clayton

Out of the Pulpit, into the Pew: A Pastor’s Guide to Meaningful Service after Retirement by Gene Williams

Open the Clergy Parachute: Soft Landings for Church Leaders Who Are Seeking a Change by Christopher Moore

What Color is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Health, and Happy Future by John E. Nelson and Richard N. Bolles

Let us know if there are others that you would recommend.

-Katie Huffman

(photo by Noah Huffman)

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About Katie Huffman

Katie is a Wellness Advocate with the Clergy Health Initiative. She has an undergraduate degree in History and French and a Masters degree in Gerontology; prior to her current position, Katie worked as a social worker in a retirement community in Chapel Hill. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, baking, and hanging out with her husband, Noah, their daughter, Ada, and two kitties, Grady and Gracie.

3 thoughts on “Preparing for retirement

  1. Katie,

    Great post. Thank you for finding some books. I have been reading an interesting book titled, Courage and Calling by Gordon Smith. Although it isn’t explicitly about retirement it asks important questions about what it means to have a Christian vocation, especially through transition.

    Hope it can be helpful to some folks,

  2. I have read so many books about finance and retirement, and the only one out of that list I recognized was “What Color is Your Parachute?” Thanks for the recommendations and I will check those titles out. I always need some good book recommendations.

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