Marietta author and retired healthcare CEO shares his perspectives on how to continue making the most of life, even in the final years with his book, "Purpose in the Fourth Quarter: Finishing the Game of Life Victoriously." - Special photo
COVINGTON — Newton Medical Center’s Auxiliary is hosting a book signing Friday for a Marietta author who has written a book that is both timely and inspirational for those who have begun to feel they have less time ahead of them than behind them.
“Purpose in the Fourth Quarter — Finishing the Game of Life Victoriously,” by Bernie Brown isn’t about dying, but about living and sharing every treasured minute of the gift of life.
“His purpose in writing this is for people to finish life with the same vigor that they started life,” said Kathy Collins, manager of the Wishing Well Gift Shop located in the hospital lobby.
“We do a lot of book signings and usually just do them in-house, but this one is so appealing and the book is priced so well. It’s a Christian book and it makes a comparison between a football game and the game of life.”
The public is invited to stop by and meet Brown in the main lobby of the hospital from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Copies of his book are available from the gift shop for $9.99 during normal business hours.
Brown, a preacher’s kid, began his career as a bag boy in a grocery store and retired as the CEO of one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country.
He said two experiences led him to write “Purpose in the Fourth Quarter.”
The first was a nearly devastating and potentially fatal accident two months prior to his retirement that changed his retirement plans. The second was watching his mother during the final two years of her life as she made the progression from living independently to staying in an assisted living facility and, ultimately, a nursing home.
“These final years proved to be some of her most purposeful,” Brown said.
In the book Brown recounts an episode when, well into her 90s, his mother was in a nursing home and while he was there visiting, another woman entered the room pushing a wheelchair. His mother introduced her as “one of my neighbors,” as neither his mother nor the lady could remember the other’s name.
Brown’s mother was reclined in a chair and the woman put her foot up on his mother’s chair and his mother asked Brown to tie the woman’s shoe. No intelligible words were uttered between them, but Brown’s mother knew what the woman needed and responded.
Months earlier his mother had told him she was still living her life with purpose, despite severe physical limitations.
“I can still love and encourage others for the glory of God,” she told him.
Brown is a Christian and an active member of First United Methodist Church in Marietta. He is married to Snookie and they have three children and six grandchildren.
He has served on various boards of business, professional, educational and civic organizations and is the recipient of numerous personal, professional and community honors. He now volunteers, writes, teaches, speaks, consults and mentors.
Funds generated from the sale of Brown’s book by the Wishing Well Gift Shop will go into the Auxiliary’s general fund.
“I think everybody knows our objective right now is to raise the money to get the emergency room redone,” Collins said. “That is the Auxiliary’s entire focus right now.”