About The Book


This is an amazing story. I knew Bob Epperly long before he was fifty, and reading the depth and extent of his exploration is stunning. — Peter Block, bestselling author

A memoir of strenuous soul-searching by a former Exxon executive who failed to find fulfillment in a successful corporate career…….Insightful and refreshingly honest….. — Kirkus Review

What if a career of great accomplishment still leaves you…unfulfilled?

Bob Epperly achieved a lot in his career. Eventually he rose to General Manager of Exxon Corporate Research. Later he was CEO of a successful environmental startup. But at age 55, it hit him: there was a big hole of self-deficiency inside him, and corporate success hadn’t filled it. Not even close.

This is the story of what happened next. Whatever your age, if you’re sitting in a corner office, or even a cubicle, wondering what’s wrong inside and what’s going to make it right—Growing Up After Fifty: From Exxon Executive to Spiritual Seeker is for you!

News & Notes

More Reflections on Teachings of Teilhard de Chardin

See my latest reflections on Teilhard’s instruction to re-examine all theories, hypotheses, and systems. A second blog relates to Teilhard image that we all are climbing Jacob’s ladder and the importance of the intention that motivates our actions. These can be found under “Recent Posts”. Earlier blogs on Teilhard are under “Blog Archive”.

Reflections on Teachings of Teilhard de Chardin

Recently I have been studying the teachings of Teilhard de Chardin, stimulated by the experience of a Wisdom School workshop with Cynthia Bourgeault. As part of this study, I agreed to write a series of eight blogs for the Wisdom School page of Facebook with my reflections on quotations from Teilhard’s writings. I find myself resonating with Teilhard’s thoughts as I also marvel at his foresight in seeing trends roughly 75 years ago that have become so important today. Thus, I am sharing these blogs on this site in hopes of stimulating others to read and absorb what this Jesuit priest had to say about issues that we face today. You can find them under “Recent Posts”.

Has an Employer’s Market Further Skewed Work-Life Balance?

An article with this title has now appeared in Reuters and about 50 other online publications including Yahoo Finance, NewsOK.com, Boston.com, Beliefnet.com, and NewsObserver.com. It includes five tips for a ensuring desirable lifestyle.

Five Strategies for Improving Your Work Experience

On February 27, my son Bill Epperly and I had another program in the teleseries, “The Monk and the CEO,” and in it we developed five strategies for improving your work experience.  I have summarized those strategies in a post on this page.

An audio recording of the program from which these strategies were taken can be found here.

Free Five-Minute Spiritual Assessment

If you are uncertain about whether this book is right for you, answer these eleven questions with a “yes” or “no”. Then, see my comments on what “yes” answers indicate about you.

What Others are Saying

Bob Epperly’s Growing Up After Fifty could well become a classic — and deserves to. His story demonstrates that for a seasoned, successful executive to become a spiritually conscious, wise, sensitive man is not a cop-out or a flip-out but a direct path to greater human maturity.  — Saniel Bonder, author, Healing the Spirit/Matter Split, founder of Waking Down in Mutuality

Bob Epperly has written a much needed current iteration of the Hero’s Journey tracing his personal transformation from corporate executive to spiritual seeker.  A wonderful companion for any seeker wondering who has gone before and how dark nights are endured.   — Alexis Johnson, PhD, Co-director, Center for Intentional Living

Bob Epperly’s book, Growing Up After Fifty, does a superb job of describing one man’s journey out of old paradigms into an expanding universe of possibilities. His candor and critical self-disclosure will be a help to all who follow his story. — Rev. Dr. Douglass T. Lind, psychoanalyst, management consultant and Episcopal priest

If you read this journey with an open heart, it will pierce you and help you face your own truth. — Sharon A. Lundberg, CMP, BCC, SVP, Consultant & Executive Coach

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