A Guide for Aging Heroes

30 Days to Owning the Second Half of Life

Non-Fiction - Self Help
187 Pages
Reviewed on 04/03/2023
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Author Biography

Randolph Harrison is a celebrated educator, member of the American Psychological Association, and former counseling therapist. He is a recipient of the prestigious Roston Endowed Teaching Chair and the WPCC Excellence in Teaching Award. Randolph has lectured on psychology and education topics in cities across the US. He is energized by exploring ideas with others. Harrison is a writer, musician, motorcyclist, sailor, fitness geek, and avid outdoor adventurer.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite

How many of you want to give the mid-life crisis the boot? If you want to join me in fighting society’s images of aging, then pick up A Guide for Aging Heroes: 30 Days to Owning the Second Half of Life by Randolph Harrison, M.Ed., with Erica Schwarting. The authors offer those of us who have left youth behind a comprehensive guide to living our best life despite the successes and failures that have defined us to date. This guide is written in a daily devotional style that addresses every area of life, from health and wellness to relationships, as well as establishing personal meaning and creativity.

Few of us visualize what I call the “sagging middle” of life. We graduate from school, pursue our goals, and then work toward retirement. What about your 40’s and 50’s? I’m convinced that the depression that leads to crises in these middle years stems from a lack of vision and purpose in this season in life, combined with the failures that have sidetracked us from our youthful goals. We don’t take failure into account when developing long-range vision, but Randolph Harrison and Erica Schwarting give sound advice based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, science, research, and personal experience to guide readers through the confusion and into a new vision for the future. A Guide for Aging Heroes is a great devotional guide that’s short, easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to relate to. I think this should be a required to gift for everybody on their 40th birthday – and required reading to conquer life when it matters the most.

Luwi Nyakansaila

A Guide for Aging Heroes: 30 Days to Owning the Second Half of Life by Randolph Harrison, M.Ed., co-created with Erica Schwarting, is a self-improvement manual for people over the age of 40. The guide aims to break the stereotypes of aging and advises patience and boldness in reaching your goals. The author encourages readers to involve their loved ones in the journey because they can help you through the process. He also gives the characteristics of an aging hero and explains the mental, spiritual, and physical transformation exercises a person needs to undergo to become one. When applied correctly, you will find that the strategies provided will break down the barriers created by past childhood and relationship trauma. Discover the benefits of living a joyful life, investing in experiences, and becoming an aging hero.

Well-researched and scientifically tested, A Guide for Aging Heroes is what you need right now to brighten your life. Randolph Harrison, M.Ed., uses life experiences including depression, bullying, family, and love to explain his theories. His honesty helps the reader to relate to him. I appreciated that he worked on this project with his wife, Erica Schwarting, because she gives a different perspective to the book. We have different lives and traumas, but one thing is for sure, we all want to be happy. This guide is aimed at people over the age of 40, but I think it can still apply to readers below this age. It is never too earlier to make a positive change in your life. Apart from the enlightening quotes, the book also contains diagrams and provides practical steps, which makes it easy to understand and execute. Begin your journey to a happier and more fulfilled life by reading this book today.

Lois Henderson

A Guide for Aging Heroes: 30 Days to Owning the Second Half of Life is by husband-and-wife team Randolph C. Harrison and Erica Schwarting, who define themselves as being “on the back end of middle age.” Viewing themselves as aging heroes, Harrison and Schwarting wish to encourage others heading on in years to become just as enthusiastic about life as they are, creating “emotional prosperity” for themselves by embarking on a meaningful journey of becoming emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical heroes. By viewing life as “a terrific, life-affirming adventure,” they wish us to lose any negativities regarding our aging existence and to become renewed and affirmed within ourselves. In short, they challenge us to live more and more authentically, day by day.

I love the practical and extremely positive approach of Randolph C. Harrison’s and Erica Schwarting’s A Guide for Aging Heroes, which is full of pointers as to how we can improve our lifestyle and behavior to maximize the potential that each day offers us. Harrison’s recovery from a diagnosis of COPD required his adopting various helpful strategies, which he shares with us in an overwhelmingly supportive and motivational way. In showing us how “generativity is the hallmark of success in mid-life,” he encourages us to be empathetic and kind to one another. The quotations of other positive and proactive people included throughout the text reinforce the approach taken by Harrison and Schwarting, so that, in grasping the significance of this work, we are led almost inevitably to realize that this is the approach that we should adopt to access a fulfilling and satisfying future. A well-written and inspiring text, filled with mature insights garnered from a lifetime of experience, A Guide for Aging Heroes is well worth consideration by anyone heading into the second half of their lives.