Living with Purpose in a Worn-out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults

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Upper Room Books, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 96 pages
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"Why am I still here? Why is God letting me suffer so long?"

Frailty, dependence, and constant pain can lead to spiritual hopelessness in older adults. While we're inspired by occasional news about an extraordinary centenarian who swims every day, it's more common to grieve and wonder as loved ones grow feeble.

With compassion and honesty, Buchanan gives voice to the those who have to depend on others for assistance with daily tasks. She leads caregivers and those in their care to see that living with purpose in old age is an extension of the challenges lived all along:

  • learning to offer our will to God's
  • trusting God's grace
  • continuing to respond with the joy and fortitude of faith

Buchanan fosters empathy for the frail elderly and expresses their deepest concerns without tap-dancing around the tough issues. Forty-two short, comforting devotions offer spiritual encouragement to those who now cope with daily limitations and failing health.

The devotions are written in the first person, allowing readers to speak directly to God about their concerns. Supporting scriptures from the New Testament and Psalms are included with each meditation. Buchanan writes to the experiences of lifelong Christians as well as elderly non-believers who are thinking anew about God.

Help someone you love find a reason and way to live out God's purpose in spite of their limitations.

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About the author (2008)

Missy Buchanan, a nationally recognized older adult advocate, has appeared on Good Morning America (GMA) and several other television and radio shows. She coauthored, with Lucimarian Roberts and Robin Roberts, the 2012 bestseller My Story My Song. Missy is the author of Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, Talking with God in Old Age, Don't Write My Obituary Just Yet, Joy Boosters, and Aging Faithfully. In addition to her busy writing and speaking schedule, Missy enjoys visiting older adult friends in three senior care centers weekly.

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