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The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

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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. Review Quotes: "A prophetic voice that is desperately needed in our troubled time." --Karen Armstrong, author, "The Great Transformation" Review Quotes:...

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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.
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"A prophetic voice that is desperately needed in our troubled time." --Karen Armstrong, author, "The Great Transformation"

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"We can all draw strength from Chittister's essays on regret, nostalgia, and forgiveness. She reminds readers of all generations that aging doesn't have to be a depressing series of losses." --"School Library Journal"

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"Perhaps you have to be in the second half of life to know how truthfully and helpfully Joan Chittister speaks. We live in a first-half-of-life culture, which makes this wisdom all the more necessary--and all the more wonderful." --Richard Rohr, author, "The Naked Now"

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"This collection of inspirational reflections . . . abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms." --"Publishers Weekly"

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"Chittister beautifully downplays regrets and accents the rewards of a mature life." --"Library Journal", "starred review"

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"It's the best book I have read on the subject of aging, a dazzling work radiant with gems of insight on every page. It will be my spiritual reading in the days ahead." --Andrew Greeley, author, "The Great Mysteries"

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"Brims with insight, pluck, verve and courage. . . . It shows us both the joys and the challenges of growing older, and encourages us to discover the deep spiritual meaning that can come with older age." --Helen Prejean, author, "Dead Man Walking"

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"An amazing compendium of wisdom not only for people facing aging or providing support, but for everyone who wants to live a spiritually centered and balanced life." --Michael Lerner, editor, "Tikkun Magazine"

Biographical Note:
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.
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.

Review Citations:
Library Journal 05/15/2008 pg. 112 (EAN 9781933346106, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
Christian Century 09/23/2008 pg. 50 (EAN 9781933346106, Hardcover)
LJ Best Books of Year 12/15/2008 pg. 64 (EAN 9781933346106, Hardcover)
LJ Best Books of Year 12/01/2008 pg. 64 (EAN 9781933346106, Hardcover)
Wilson Public Library Catalog 01/01/2009 pg. 8 (EAN 9781933346106, Hardcover)
Foreword 11/14/2008 (EAN 9781933346106, Hardcover)
Wilson Public Library Catalog 01/01/2013 pg. 93 (EAN 9781933346106, Hardcover)
Contributor Bio: Chittister, Joan
Joan Chittister, OSB, is an international lecturer and award-winning author of more than thirty-five books, including The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. She is founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality located in Erie, Pennsylvania. She serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

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