Book Review: The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

Chittister, a Benedictine sister brings her wisdom and considerable insight to a topic that typically strikes fear in the hearts of youth obsessed Baby Boomers; growing old. Instead of viewing advancing years with trepidation, Chittister encourages us to celebrate the many gifts that come with time and overcome the challenges of retirement. In her early seventies, she writes about the disparity between chronological age and how old we feel on the inside from the viewpoint of one has been there. She knows how it feels to wake up one morning and realize someone crept in during the night and replaced your face with that wrinkled visage staring back at you. What is important is how we choose to view and live out this new life stage. Chittister’s thoughtful observations on a broad range of topics including transformation, fulfillment, religion, relationships, memories and forgiveness, approach age related spiritual issues with rare sensitivity and compassion.  Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.