The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully (paperback)
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Joan Chittister, OSB
"It’s the best book I have read on the subject of aging. A dazzling work radiant with gems of insight on every page. It is a book only for those of us who grow older every day. —Andrew Greeley
Joan Chittister illuminates the gift of growing older. Read an excerpt.
Life is not about age, about the length of years we manage to eke out of it. It is about living into the values offered every day, about growing older with grace.
FROM ONE OF OUR READERS:
Sister– I want to thank you for your book on aging gracefully (The Gift of Years) ...and I will read your others now that I have become acquainted with you.
I am a 77-year-old retired psychiatric nurse practitioner. I grew up in and lived in Chicago until we (married at the time) adventured to Alaska in 1963.I converted to Catholicism in 1977, although I attended Mass on and off before that. Since then, I have become influenced by aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism. I have a life partner, Tom, who is Irish and 100% Catholic!
All this is in relation to your book because I found out myself about aging by being challenged in some positive ways.
My work was very satisfying and I felt I helped—but I wore out, and on retirement, sold my home in Anchorage and moved to Hope. I had to learn an entirely new way of life! I turned my cabin into a one-room cottage with a bathroom. I split my own wood for the woodstove, deal with wild animals (which I love), live in a small community of about 130 people, and do all the tasks that must be performed when living in rural Alaska.
I get help, for sure, and Tom helps when he can (medical problems). It is a close and pretty loving community and I never feel LEFT alone, but there is silence, space, the beauty of nature, and no one gets in anyone else's way. It has peace. And so, I adjusted to aging quite well, and still am I think. I do have some sorrows, but through prayer and caring for Tom, helping his family in Anchorage, being with my pets—cats and dogs—volunteering at the Library and reading widely and always, life moves along well.
I think you are a very wise woman. Tom is deep into your book now—and we both thank you.
–G.D., Hope, Alaska
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