Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rich In Years

Rich in Years

Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life by Johann Christoph Arnold

Why shouldn’t growing older be rewarding? Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped over a million readers through life’s challenges, wants us to rediscover the spiritual riches that age has to offer. Now in his seventies, Arnold finds himself personally facing the trials that come with aging. But he knows, from decades of pastoral experience, what older people and their caregivers can do to make the most of the journey. In this book, he shares stories of people who, in growing older, have found both peace and purpose. (from the website)

My Review:  I do love the basic premise for the book---encouraging people to continue to find ways to serve others even as they near the end of their lifespan. I have long held the belief that the need to feel needed and useful are essential, and the author gives stories about people who never quit looking for ways to  be used. As a Christian, I also appreciate the use of Scripture and the demonstrations of lives dedicated to serving God. I would recommend the book to those who feel they (or an older relative) has reached a point that they are not essential. Depression and bitterness are not the way to spend the remainder of your time on earth.

However, as far as a book just to read, it was only ok. Each story told and the people involved were good as individual stories, but this is not a book to read in just one or sittings. This is more of a personal choice of reading material than a criticism toward the book itself, but it just wasn't one that kept my interest for long.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.

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