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Stop Thinking of Aging as a Problem. Start Thinking About Spiritual Gifts!
on March 16, 2010
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.