How Did I Get to be 70 when I'm 35 Inside?: Spiritual Surprises of Later Life

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2011 - Religion - 183 pages
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Have the courage and curiosity to face the inner changes of aging--and learn how they can help you find meaning in your later years.

"I used to think that age sixty-five was the start of a slippery downward slope to the cemetery. But inside, I felt a surge of enormous energy, with the potential to approach aging as an uncharted adventure instead of a prison sentence."
--from the Introduction

Unlike other authors, spiritual director Linda Douty discusses the challenges and surprises of aging by talking about how you actually feel, not what you're supposed to feel. In a warm, down-to-earth voice, she offers a spiritually grounded method to adjust to the unexpected as you grow older. There is no one-size-fits-all here, but a variety of responses to the inner and outer transformations of aging and new ways of looking at them. She looks at surprises, welcome and unwelcome, concerning:
* Self-image * The physical body * Relationships * Spiritual life

Questions for reflecting on who you are in this period of your life--or who you would like to be--will help you live each day more purposefully and joyfully.

 

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Contents

Surprises of the Self
25
Surprises of the Body
47
Surprises in Relationships
71
Surprises of the Sacred
93
Surprising Challenges
113
Surprising Gifts
137
Surprising Wisdom
157
Epilogue
177
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Linda Douty , a leading speaker on the topics of meaningful aging, personal growth and spiritual formation, is author of How Can I Let Go If I Don't Know I'm Holding On? and How Can I See the Light When It's So Dark? She is a spiritual director, a contributor to Presence (the journal of Spiritual Directors International) and a dynamic retreat leader. She is on the faculty at the Academy for Spiritual Formation.

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