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Aging (Pastoring for Life: Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well) Paperback – April 21, 2020
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"Will Willimon looks aging full in the face, understanding that it is, most predictably, a season of loss. But Willimon also knows that, for the Christian, aging permits honesty, gratitude, and most of all a durable sense of agency that is rooted in an embrace of vocation. I am glad, in my aging, that I have been instructed by this book. Many other readers--those aging and those who love an aging person--will welcome this book."
--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Besides his thoughtful theology, Willimon offers practical suggestions for what Christian churches can do for aging people and their caregivers, and prompts the aging with ways they can serve. Older Christians, those who attend to the elderly, and congregations in general will find this to be a valuable pastoral resource."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Willimon has carried the faith throughout his entire life, and here he offers an incredibly touching, poignant, and compelling account of growing old, experiencing God in new ways, and finding hope in the life that Jesus offers. A must-read for Christians of any age."
--Jim Wallis, New York Times bestselling author, president of Sojourners, and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine
"Willimon has written many wise books, but this may be his wisest. He gently teaches us how growing old in faith is so dramatically different from simply growing old. For those of us at the end of our days, this is more than a book; it's a companion along the way."
--Thomas G. Long, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
"I am one for whom Willimon wrote Aging, and I am grateful that he did. The book is remarkably honest, without a whiff of sentimentality or denial, and yet sincerely and substantively hopeful. It offers wise guidance and concrete advice for both individuals and churches."
--Craig C. Hill, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
"Willimon offers practical and biblical reflections for those who want their last years to draw them more deeply into the life of the church--reflections that in different ways may be just as helpful for those who are (for now) young."
--Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University
About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1540960811
- ISBN-13 : 978-1540960818
- Paperback : 192 pages
- Publisher : Baker Academic (April 21, 2020)
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.44 x 8.5 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #140,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this volume, both pastor and congregant are challenged to be prepared and grow old gracefully but don’t give up! There are plenty of ways to continue to make a difference and serve in the church. He gathers inspiration from the Bible and well known “wisdomers” thru the ages to encourage the readers.
Willimon’s book is not only a pastoral resource but will be a valuable tool for nursing homes, extended care facilities, hospices and anyone reaching out to the growing senior population📚
I read and reviewed an ARC
Whether the reader is directly working with an elderly population (as this reviewer has for the last 15+ years) or merely has them as a member of their congregation, the book is a must-read. It could be assigned reading for those ministering to seniors - whether just entering that age group or nearing death doorstep. It is a practical book including explaining the needs of the elderly at each stage of the aging process and practical tips on how to meet those needs.
I would recommend it sit on every pastor’s bookshelf (after being read) and in the library of every local church. Students studying social work would find this to be a supportive guide for those who are working with this population.
<i>This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.</i>