Gift of Years
Growing Older Gracefully
Chittister, one of our most celebrated spiritual writers, invites
us to embrace older age as a natural part of life that is both
active and contempaltive, productive and reflective, and deeply
rewarding. She enourages us to cherish the blessings of aging
and to overcome its challenges, and shows us that this is a special
period of life - maybe the most speical of them all. Older age
gives us wisdom, freedom, and prosperity of another kind. Older
age enlightens - not simply ourselves, but also those around us.
To live these years well, we need to look at every one of them
heads up and alive. Life is not about the length of years we manage
to eke out of it. It is about living into the values offered every
day, about growing older with grace.
Gift of Years relects on many aspects of aging, the purposes and
concerns, the struggles and surprises, the potential and joys.
It is a panoply of central issues that emerge with age to bring
us to the fullness of life. And perhaps the most important dimenstion
of older age, Joan Chittister illuminates, is to become aware
of its profound purpose: These are the capstone years, the time
in which a whole new life is in the making again. The gift of
thse years is not merely being alive, it is the gift of becoming
more fully alive than ever.
978-1933346335 * BlueBridge, 2010 * 222 pages * $21.95