Review – “The Second-Half Adventure” by Kay Marshall Strom

Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Moody Publishers (October 1, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0802478751

ISBN-13: 978-0802478757

Whoever you are, the skills and experiences that you’ve gained in your life can be used to help change the world. Author Kay Marshall Strom encourages the reader to explore the possibility of using those skills to better not only the world around you, but all over the world.

Working with The Finishers Project, the The Second-Half Adventure will help you to analyze where you’ve been, and where you want to go in the second-half of your life. You’ll also learn how to start preparing today for where you want to go tomorrow. This book isn’t only for people who want to do this full time, it encourages people from all walks of life and with all types of commitments to explore this type of retirement activity.

I have been really searching for what I want to do with my time and energy since I am back at home and this book gave me some excellent ideas! I’ve been struggling to not just fill my time, but to fill my time with something of substance. By using examples of other people who have followed this path, the book helps you to spark your ‘second-half’ years with purpose and significance.

This book was an eye opener as to how many opportunities there are for those who are entering the ‘second-half’ of our lives. While the book is definitely written from a Christian perspective, there are any number of activities that would appeal to anyone looking for a way to go out and change the world even in a small way. I’ve already gone to The Finishers Project ( ) and filled out the questionnaire and I encourage all of you to do the same. We all have skills and passions that could be put to use in ways we can’t imagine!

Please consider this book as a gift to everyone you know that is approaching that ‘second-half’ of their life…and even those who have been in it for a time. It would also make a wonderful addition to the library of every Pastor, both for himself and to aid in counseling others.

This is a great resource for planning your ‘second-half adventure’!

The Hilarious First Adventure of Don Quixote De La Mancha

Miguel de Cervantes wrote the highly popular Spanish novel, “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha” which was published in 1605. In academic circles, this book satirized chivalry through the protagonist, Don Alonso Quixano, who consumes his time reading old medieval books of chivalry. His mind becomes so saturated with the Medieval adventures of knights and their heroic deeds that he wants to become one himself – 400 years after chivalry slowly became a passing fancy in Europe.

The 50-year-old, gaunt Alonso Quixano decides to dress like a knight by going through his great grandfather’s armor, and rides away from his home to pursue lofty adventures by becoming a “knight-errant” and he rides out on his old nag, he names, “Rocinante”.

His first adventure begins when he leaves his home and comes to an inn, which he believes is a castle. As he approaches, he hears a goatherd blowing his horn to round up his pigs whom Quixote believes to be a dwarf who sounds a trumpet upon his arrival. He spots prostitutes whom he believes are virgin princesses. He quotes lofty old poetry to them, which they can’t help but laugh at him. Also when Don Quixote sits down to eat a meal, he cannot take off his helmet from his head. So he has to be given a straw that fits in his visor that he uses to suck up his meal.

Don Quixote wants to become a legitimate knight, so he asks the innkeeper, who he thinks is the keeper of the castle to officially dub him a knight so that he may go off on adventures where he makes right the wrongs of people who are in distress. However, when Quixote takes off his armor as was customary for knights to put them in a chapel to “keep vigil” or watch over his armor throughout the night, Quixote thinks he is doing the same and puts his arms around a well he believes to be a chapel outside the inn. But when two men come to gather water from the well, Quixote becomes furious when he sees them moving his armor. Don Quixote quickly runs out and beats them severely.

On his first adventure, Don Quixote reveals his antiquated, flowery Spanish language, which sounds out of date. If this knight’s first language were English, and he lived today in England, Australia or the United States, his speech might sound like outdated quotations from William Shakespeare’s plays or the King James Version Bible. He also uses this old language style when he addresses an imaginary lady to whom he dedicates the battles he wins.

Throughout the novel, the strange knight orders everyone he meets to proclaim his ladylove, named “Dulcinea del Toboso” that she is the most beautiful woman in the land. Of course, this act is ridiculous, but this “worshipping” a woman is only reserved for God.

So much plot happens in this first adventure of Alonso Quixano becoming “Don Quixote de la Mancha”. Such an adventure keeps the reader up all night, devouring the book, engaged in all of the frivolity created by the “knight” as well as his “squire” Sancho Panza, who later seeks to serve him on his adventures.