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Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
For all the thousands of books about aging--usually regarded as a problem to solved--there are precious few writers exploring the spiritual gifts of aging. One of those rare and important writers is Missy Buchanan and her newest offering, published by Upper Room Books, is well worth buying.

Why dwell on aging? Let's face it: As a nation, we are aging! As much as our Baby Boom generation wants to envision our lives as an endless, youthful adventure--the deep truths of global religious traditions involve aging. Many of our greatest ancient stories don't make sense without an understanding of maturity and advanced years.

What Missy points out, over and over again in this new book, is that the ancient Psalmists often were touching on these truths. For this new book, she has written her own contemporary Psalm-like meditations--each one connected with a relevant Psalm from the Bible. And here's evidence that Missy and her publishers both are thinking wisely about these themes: The book is printed in large type. It's great if you're a family member caring for someone who is older--and it's also a great gift for an older person you love.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Another straight-to-the-heart project from Missy Buchanan written with genuine reflection and honesty."

There are those who share their heart openly and honestly. In Talking With God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms by Missy Buchanan, there are 42 conversations, reflections, poems, and on-point messages for those approaching their golden years.

These are topics that are not openly discussed with children or other family members but only among deep friends.

Issues like loosing privacy and independence, pain from an aging body, and coming to grips with new titles like `shut-in.' All these issues pass through the minds of the elderly but are not openly admitted in general conversation with friends and family.

But here, in this grouping of meditations, the reader can identify with the topics and find hope and comfort from God's word. I recently began assisting in our ministry to the elderly by doing visits to our shut-ins and was happy to offer them this book as well another of Missy Buchanan's' books, Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults.

This is a wonderful resource for anyone who has an elderly loved one or a perfect gift from the ministry of a Church. I recommend it highly.

Disclaimer:
Review copy provided free of charge by the author and donated to the library of Westwood Baptist Church.

Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: Missy Buchanan
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As we become older, many changes will take place in our lives. For example, we will wonder if our finances will be there for us when needed the most; we will find ourselves becoming frustrated by the many physical and mental processes of aging itself; there will be times of intense loneliness...when our thoughts may turn toward God, asking Him why He is allowing all of these things to take place; there are moments of picturing unfulfilled goals and dreams - against the background of the limited span of life itself. The list of the effects and implications of aging is endless. Missy Buchanan has once again presented a book of spiritual encouragement...words that will bring a tear to each of our eyes as we enter into the very thoughts of those who are living in their latter years. Well-written and thought-provoking, this is a "must-read" for those of all ages and stages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2011
This thin booklet contains a first-person account of a nursing home resident, talking to God. Each thought is followed by a selection from Psalms, reassuring of God's unchanging love and presence.

Many of the fears and concerns of the aging are accurately presented, which can make it depressing reading. Only by focusing on the final thoughts of each meditation is the reader encouraged.

Thank you to Audra Jennings at B&B Media Group for my copy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2010
God knows no age. "Talking with God in Old Age" is a Christian inspirational book aimed at seniors who wish to understand God's plan for them even as they go into old age. Drawing much inspiration from Psalms, presented in large print for easier reading, Missy Buchanan does well in reminding seniors that even at an advanced age, you can do well inspiring others. "Talking with God in Old Age" is a treasure trove of knowledge, recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
This book was purchased after watching Good Morning america's interview with the author. I gifted the book to my feisty 87 year old mother with some reservation, not knowing how she would respond. She called me and said, "The large print book was easy to read and was right on the mark about how I feel some days. I felt like some of my 'getting older' frustration was taken off my shoulders." She then asked if she could share the book with some of her friends. Absolutely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2011
I thought this book was simply wonderful and so sad. It brought back so many memories of my mother who passed away March 2009. She was in a retirement home..not by choice but out of necessity. Now I know how she must have felt being away from her own home and having to go someplace where you do not know anyone. It's like putting an animal out to pasture. The book broke my heart and made me feel so quilty. I will keep it forever and read it when I get into the same situation as my mother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
As I read this book, I kept saying to myself "my gosh, this is me". What a great book to let you know you are not alone or the only one who has "those feelings about getting old". I loved this book and have collected several others by Missy Buchanan because she hits the nail on the head.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2011
TALKING WITH GOD IN OLD AGE starts out with a meditation where they discuss the normalness of cornflakes, about being frugal, about pain, grumpy moments, dignity (or other problems) and how the older person feels about them after living a full life. It is followed by a Psalm that relates to the passage somewhat. The print is large, making it easier for the older person to see.

Seniors that are struggling with aging and the situations that come along with it (such as diagnosis of disease, eye-sight, money issues, etc will find comfort in discovering that they are not alone and the Bible does address these issues in the most loved book of the Bible, the Psalms.

If you are an older adult, minister to them, or work with them, then you will find TALKING WITH GOD IN OLD AGE to be a beneficial guide. It captures the essence of the journey of frailty, yet with a glimpse of hope. I think this book would be beneficial to health care providers (to enable them to sympathize), to libraries in both churches and nursing homes, and to anyone who ministers specifically to the elderly (the senior saints in churches, nursing home ministries, etc.) An easy read, this book is sure to be some comfort to the hurting. This is not a devotional, and not meant to be one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I am very satisfied with the quality and delivery of this book.
My dissatisfaction comes from the tone of the content so far. I was hoping for more of an uplifting experience.To be fair to the author, I will write again after getting further into the book. We all experience aging differently, so there is no wrong or right way to portray the subject.
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