The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

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Darton, Longman & Todd, Limited, 2008 - Aging - 222 pages
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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.

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Chittister is a graceful and insightful writer. - Goodreads
The chapters are short with easy to read print. - Goodreads
Lots of sage advice and reflections. - Goodreads
I like her writing style. - Goodreads

Review: The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

Chittister offers meditations on various themes affecting everyone's life but with a view towards how we can approach them in as people moving into and through late life. On the ladder of concrete ... Read full review

Review: The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

User Review  - Sheila Pritchard - Goodreads

Very good, sensible reflections on different aspects of growing older. Short chapters each with its own theme. I like the fact that she was "only" 70 when she wrote this! Read full review

About the author (2008)

Joan Chittister is a member and former prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and currently the executive director of the Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM). She is the author of Psalm Journal, Winds of Change, and WomanStrength: Modern Church, Modern Women.

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