The Gift of Years Paperback
Growing older gracefully
by Sister Joan D. Chittister;
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The Gift of Years
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The Gift of Years by Sister Joan D. Chittister was published by Darton Longman & Todd in September 2008 and is our 24168th best seller. The ISBN for The Gift of Years is 9780232527506.
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As more and more us live longer, the need to do so gracefully grows in importance. While life is not about age, it is about aging, and discovering its purpose. Chapters about Meaning, Transformation, Newness, Joy, Wisdom, and Productivity indicate Chittister’s view of that purpose. What about the negative? She does tackle it: Fear, Sadness, Loneliness, and Limitation, for example. But limitations are “boundaries not barriers”. We don’t have to succumb to them. “We are only as limited as we want to be”. “Old age is not a disease (though ageism is!), to be pitied, apologised for, feared, or resisted”. It is “a bright and vibrant place to be”, when the person you are takes precedence over what you do. It is the “softening season” in which everything in us is meant to achieve its “sweetest, richest, most unique self”. Chittister contrasts ‘passive’ aging (viewing old age just as time spent “in the throes of slow death”) with ‘active’ aging (a time to “live differently – and dauntlessly”). No prize for guessing which this book goes for! Are you bothered by the passage of time, or worried about aging loved ones? These stimulating reflections (“not meant to be read in one sitting”) will help you.
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|Page last updated||11th December 2016|
|Author / Artist||Sister Joan D. Chittister|
|Publisher||Darton Longman & Todd (September 2008)|
|Number of Pages||240|