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As My Parents Age: Reflections on Life, Love, and Change Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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About the Author
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She's the award-winning author of more than eighteen books and a frequent speaker for women's ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin. Visit her online at CynthiaRuchti.com.
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Oh, my word! This book is so good! The author, in short, almost devotional styled chapters addresses challenges that may arise in our relationships with parents.
My parents have already passed yet I discovered personal guidance to apply in the aging process that will unfold for my husband and myself; reflections and lessons learned as I helped care for my sister in her final months of her earthly journey; and insights that will be helpful in relationships with my elderly neighbors and friends. There were so many blessings in these pages! I plan on keeping this sweet little book handy.
Please consider reading this even if your parents have already passed, as mine have. Read it for your own selves. Read it for the wisdom pressed into these chapters. You might find, as I did, an opportunity to reflect and even heal past hurts.
There are powerful insights woven into incredibly moving prose that I read…re-read and then re-read again. Many thoughts are now written in my prayer journal. So, my advice is to have your highlighter and journal handy. Buy a copy for yourself and one to have on hand for gifting. The opportunity for me to do so has already arisen and this little book was made to bless others.
If you are facing aging parents, you will be glad you have this book to help you walk that Valley most of us eventually find ourselves in.
This book is a lovely little companion to help you through this very difficult time.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK LIKE?
This book is a handy little book. It is easy to carry and store, easy to take with you due to its pocket book size. The chapters are very short and broken down into small quick bites that don't take too long to read, but can lift you up when you feel alone.
This book has a Christian focus in it. It has uplifting prayers, Bible Scriptures, or thoughts about God that the author uses as a grounding factor in her approach to this difficult world of aging. If you do not like Christianity, then you might not like this. However, it is not preachy nor is it like a drive-by scripture launch. I found the balance to be very approachable and encouraging without being offensive or overboard at all.
HOW USEFUL IS THIS BOOK?
I really have found this book a nice encouragement. I have experienced a lot of sadness and loss with my relatives and am entering a difficult time with my father who is now struggling to maintain his memory and skills he used to be strong in, but now don't come so easily. I don't have too many friends that I can talk to about this as either they have been through it long ago and are too busy, or they just can not relate or process it right now.
This book is sort of like having that friend who has gone through it and is even going through it with you. It is an understanding look, a quiet cup of tea, and yes, even figurative a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes knowing that you are not going through something alone can do a lot to release the pressure of all of this stuff you really don't want to deal with being thrown at you. You have no choice but to cope with it.
THE BOTTOM LINE
If you are going through a time with aging parents, relatives, or friends, this book is like a quiet gentle friend who will share in your experience with you. With a gentle leading to trust God when all seems to be too much, this book is uplifting, encouraging, and helps you to keep your focus when your world is spinning around you. I highly recommend it if you need an extra boost in dealing with the problems of aging. I also want to say that this has helped me encourage others who are having a hard time coping with the same aging situations in my family too.
FIVE STARS for this book. It is just what I needed at the perfect time.