The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
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. 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Changed my life
    As an older person struggling with aging, I find this book the most helpful I have read on this subject. Ms. Chittister hits the nail on the head in articulating how we feel and how to meet the challenges we face. Beautifully written and easy to understand and read. A blessing!...more info
  • Growing Old gracefully
    Joan Chittister is an excellant writer,who approaches the problems and joys of aging, leaving the reader to chose ways to solve, accept and enjoy each new opportunity that the reader faces. Chittister presents life as a choice to those over 70 years. A book study group must....more info
  • The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
    For anyone who may be retiring or celebrating a birthday over 50, this is a perfect gift. I myself have been thanked profusely by the many people to whom I gave this book and they in turn have often chosen to do the same for their friends and family. I have been a fan of Joan Chittister's writing for some time now and this is one of her best books in my estimation....more info
  • The Gift of Years
    This book has been chosen by our Book Club.(eight members) We first read three chapters for discussion. Were only able to cover two when we met. Now are reading only two chapters for each meeting (once a month).

    It will probaby take a year to complete the book.

    We run in age late 50's to late 70's and all are very active and sometimes have to remind ourselves that we are growing older even though we do not feel as though we are. Age is only a number.

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  • Coming to Terms with Aging
    I opened this book with some trepedation. I am not getting any younger although I am not ready to stop living. I don't like to think of myself as old, outdated or useless. Joan Chittister brushes all these fears aside for me and helps me concentrate on what I have learned, how to use it and what place there is for me now in the world. She also reminded me that I no longer have the obligations I once did and am now free to live life as I choose without so many repercussions. I found it a very liberating book and would recommend it to anyone faced with what to make of their later years. Brava, Joan!
    Joe Langen, Author of Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage....more info
  • travesty
    Chittister is more interested in her liberal politics and her renunciations of Catholicism than anything of Christianity. She disguises herself as a valid voice when she is not....more info
  • Not up to Joan's best standards
    I have read many of Joan Chittister's writings and found them both interesting and inspiring.
    This book is formulaic and not either interesting or inspiring. And it is a subject worthy of attention. It seems as though she churned it out to keep the community alive.
    I am a geriatric nurse who prays so the subject is one I know about, in addition, I am 72, so it is a subject close to my heart.
    Sorry, Joan....more info
  • The Gift of Years Growing Old Gracefully
    The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister
    Wonderfully written and full of thought provoking advise. Perfect for all "baby boomers" who are becoming the older generation.
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  • A very thought-provoking book on aging
    Joan Chittister writes that there are plenty of guidelines for how to live the early and middle years of our lives, but the road for the older population is largely uncharted. She helps to rectify that by tackling a series of subjects in short chapters relating to growing old gracefully. Her subjects include topics such as Regret, Fear, Fulfillment, Letting Go, Loneliness, and Productivity. For every disadvantage of age, Chittister argues that there is a corresponding advantage. Without the tyranny of a day dominated by gainful employment, the elderly person is able to reflect on life, smell the roses, and use their time to help others. This is an inspiring book in which the author shows the advantages of aging and the active life that is possible during one's later years....more info
  • Almost Perfect
    I am preparing to speak at a retreat for an older population in our church. This book is without question the best reference for looking at aging in a positive and uplifting manner. Well written, comprehensive - a must read for those of any age. I am also a chaplain at a hospital, and I will incorporate many of these principles and insights in my ministry. I am also 66 years old, and perhaps most importantly, it speaks to my heart....more info


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