Dean Niewolny shares about a new book by Halftime Director of Global Coaching, Jeff Spadafora. 

Have you ever wondered why you’re not experiencing the joy and peace God promises?

I was staring face to face with this question in 2006. I remember looking out of the window of my corner office in downtown Chicago. I was a leader in the financial services sector, overseeing a thriving business of over $100M. I remember thinking, “I should be the happiest person in the world. By society’s standpoint, I have made it. What’s wrong?”

I began down a path to find the true and lasting joy that the Bible talks about. The journey has been incredible, and it has been a process of discovery and deep learning. Much of our transition through Halftime is a process of seeking and finding lasting joy.

If lasting joy is aluding you, you’re not alone. Everyone desires joy, though as humans we often struggle to find it. If we have found it, we often have difficulty living it daily. That’s why I am thrilled by the upcoming release of The Joy Model: A Step by Step Guide to Peace, Purpose, and Balance by Halftime Director of Global Coaching, Jeff Spadafora. Jeff was actually my Halftime Coach when I was enrolled at the Halftime Institute.

This book is a result of a decade of personal growth, life coaching, coach leadership and study Jeff has undergone.

At the Halftime Institute, we are dedicated to helping marketplace leaders channel their first-half achievement into a second half defined by joy, impact, and balance. Jeff has taken his findings from coaching and leading the global network of Halftime coaches over the past decade, along with a deep knowledge of scripture and has developed a model that can be easily understood and followed. For all of us seeking joy in our lives, this is a must read.

Halftime Institute Founder, Bob Buford, has written the foreward of The Joy Model. In it he says, “The work to discover your calling, it turns out, is just one important leg on your life journey toward joy. The Joy Model maps the full route, providing a fully integrated pathway to deep and lasting joy and to greater peace and freedom, regardless of your age, gender, or income.”

Here are 3 quick ways you can get a taste of The Joy Model:

1. Sample the Book: If you’d like to get a taste of the book before the release, you can download the first four chapters of the book for free.

2. Special Pre-Order Price: The Joy Model will be released on October 18th. It is temporarily available to be pre-ordered at a discounted price through Click here to pre-order The Joy Model.

3. Check out Jeff’s Blog: Jeff has been blogging on the subject of Joy, and his posts share his real-time reflections on joy during this season. Read The Joy Model Blog.

It’s our prayer that Jeff’s book touches countless individuals and allows them to live with more joy, peace, purpose, and balance.

Dean Niewolny
Dean Niewolny spent 23 years in executive roles with three of Wall Street’s largest financial firms, finishing his career in the financial sector as market manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Chicago, where he oversaw a $100mm market. While in Chicago, he and his wife, Lisa, traveled many times to Africa and, seeing the abject needs of widows and orphans, made life changes that enabled them to get involved, such as helping to complete an orphan home and a Hospice home in Durbin, South Africa.

In 2010, Dean traded his marketplace career for Halftime to help more people who, like him, wanted to expand their own “first half” success and skills into passion and purpose for meeting human needs and making a significant difference. Dean joined Halftime as Managing Director and in 2011 became Chief Executive Officer.

Dean speaks all over the world to marketplace leaders who desire to use their gifts and talents to serve others. His passion is to encourage business leaders to channel first-half achievement into a second half defined by joy, impact and balance. His first book, Trade Up: How to Move From Making Money to Making A Difference, was published by Baker Publishing and released in July 2017. Click here to buy Trade Up.

Having grown up playing sports—eventually in college and semi-professional baseball—Dean still enjoys coaching youth sports, especially his son’s little league teams. He and Lisa have two children and live in Southlake, Texas.