Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Blessings of Growing Old

Old age doesn't have to be a frightening time. Many people as they age experience health problems, loss of loved ones, and loneliness. However, as Arnold points out, there are many ways to make a difference and fill your life with purpose. Even for the old, life can be rewarding.

The book is organized around a series of stories about how seniors handle the problems of aging. Arnold challenges us as we get older to become more joyful. Loss of independence, disease and loss of friends can lead to clinging to the past and feeling depressed about what is no longer possible. The people whose stories fill this book have gotten beyond that point. In spite of the circumstances they have learned to thank God for the gift of life and to give to others.

My favorite chapter is “Finding Peace.” As the possibility of death becomes a reality, many people look for peace, but peace can be illusory if we are burdened with old hurts and grudges. Arnold counsels facing these problems rather than letting them fester. Confronting problems can lead to a breakthrough that brings peace to our last days.

I loved this book. The stories of people aging with grace is very uplifting. In fact, the advice in this book could help people of all ages. I highly recommend it.

I reviewed this book for Handlebar Marketing.