Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?: The Path of Purposeful Aging


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$19.95  $18.55
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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5.2 X 6.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Richard J. Leider is the founder of Inventure--The Purpose Company, whose mission is to help people unlock the power of purpose. Widely viewed as a pioneer of the global purpose movement, Leider has written or cowritten eleven books, including three bestsellers, which have sold over one million copies. David A. Shapiro is a philosopher, educator, and writer whose work consistently explores matters of meaning, purpose, and equity in the lives of young people and adults. He is a tenured philosophy professor at Cascadia College, a community college in the Seattle area.


"In a culture that offers little guidance for growing old, but excels at pushing elders aside, here's a book that will help us age into the fullness of life. I've been reading Richard Leider and Dave Shapiro with gratitude for years, and once again they've offered grounded guidance for the fourth quarter of life. Life is always a gift beyond measure, and there's only one way to keep a gift alive: pass it along in growth and service as long as we have the chance. We who have reached old age are among the lucky ones, and this book will help us turn our good fortune into an asset for the world. I'm still a young man (81), but this book goes into my backpack as I journey on." --Parker J. Palmer, author of On the Brink of Everything, Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and Healing the Heart of Democracy

If we're lucky, we grow old. If we're wise, we grow whole. This powerful book is a poignant reminder that life is a crescendo. The plot thickens as life quickens toward the end. Richard and David help us make sense of this quickening to assure our life's path is purposeful. --Chip Conley, bestselling author and founder of the Modern Elder Academy

"The books by Richard Leider and David Shapiro gave me a road map to find my life's passions and purpose. With this book, they lead an exploration into powerful and meaningful aging with fresh perspectives from inspiring people. Enjoy!" -- Cathy Wurzer, author and Emmy award-winning public radio & television journalist

"This excellent book gets to the heart of what I believe is the heart of healthy aging well: purpose matters. It is a manifesto on how to age well. Please read and share." --Dan Buettner, National Geographic Explorer, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones