The author shares his moving and inspirational thoughts on what aging can mean to all of us. It is a warm, caring book that shows us how to make the later years a source of hope rather than a time of loneliness.
B & W photographs throughout.
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A couple of days ago, a high school senior wrote on Facebook that she didn't want to burden people with her troubles. I tried to assure her that those of us who truly care for her would never feel burdened.
That is the heart of Nouwen and Gaffney's book. They advocate being present with the aging and allowing the aging to be present with us, for are we not all aging? Therefore it behooves us all to be transparent. Caring isn't the momentary, superficial visit or entertainment. Caring isn't trying to fix their problems. Caring is being present and listening. After all, Job's friends did well when they sat in silence and they did well when Job began to speak and they listened to him speak. They only went astray when they tried to fix him.
Nouwen and Gaffney make the point of university students being segregated from the population at large as they receive their eduction and what a mistake that is. There is application besides the topic of aging, for example application for the church.
Likewise, the being present and transparent is true for relationships with people of all ages, not just for the aging.
Review: Aging: The Fulfillment of LifeUser Review - Goodreads
Amazing book! Unique insight on restoring the connection between the older aging and the younger aging.