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The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefullyby Joan Chittister
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Not only accepting but also celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating book looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises. Central throughout is a call to cherish the blessing of aging as a natural part of life that is active, productive, and deeply rewarding. Perhaps the most important dimension revealed lies in the awareness that there is a purpose to aging and intention built into every stage of life. Chittister reflects on many key issues, including the temptation towards isolation, the need to stay involved, the importance of health and well-being, what happens when old relationships end or shift, the fear of tomorrow, and the mystery of forever. Readers are encouraged to surmount their fears of getting older and find beauty in aging well.
"Well-known in Catholic circles for her willingness to take on anybody-even the pope-in defense of women's rights, Chittister, now in her 70s, examines how it feels 'to be facing that time of life for which there is no career plan.' Clearly, getting older has not diminished the controversial nun, activist, lecturer and author of nearly 40 books on feminism, nonviolence and Benedictine wisdom. This collection of inspirational reflections, 'not meant to be read in one sitting, or even in order, but one topic at a time,' abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms: '"Act your age" can be useful advice when you're seventeen; it's a mistake when you're seventy-seven.' Beginning each short chapter with a trenchant quotation ('"It takes a long time," Pablo Picasso wrote, "to become young"'), she ponders topics such as fear, mystery, forgiveness and legacy. Old age is rich for those who choose to thrive, not wither: 'We can recreate ourselves in order to be creative in the world in a different way than the boundaries of our previous life allowed.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Not only accepting but celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating work looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises.
About the Author
Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. She is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Her books include The Friendship of Women, In the Heart of the Temple, and The Rule of Benedict. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.
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