The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
Growing Older Gracefully

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Not only accepting but celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating work looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises. Central throughout is a call to cherish the blessing of aging as a natural part of life that is active, productive, and deeply rewarding. Perhaps the most important dimension revealed lies in the awareness that there is a purpose to aging and intention built into every stage of life. Chittister reflects on many key issues, including the temptation towards isolation, the need to stay involved, the importance of health and well-being, what happens when old relationships end or shift, the fear of tomorrow, and the mystery of forever. Readers are encouraged to surmount their fears of getting older and find beauty in aging well.

About Joan Chittister

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Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. She is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Her books include The Friendship of Women, In Search of Belief, In the Heart of the Temple, and Wisdom Distilled from the Daily. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Published May 1, 2008 by BlueBridge. 241 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Well-known in Catholic circles for her willingness to take on anybody-even the pope-in defense of women's rights, Chittister, now in her 70s, examines how it feels ""to be facing that time of life for which there is no career plan."" Clearly, getting older has not diminished the controversial nun...

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Monsters and Critics

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;

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Spirituality & Practice

If elders do not make their old age a productive time, they risk wasting a good 25 - 35 percent of their lives.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

"The thing most wrong about this book," Joan Chittister tells us in this vibrant collection of essays on growing old, "is that I may be too young to write it.

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St. Cloud Visitor

In the chapter titled “Outreach” Chittister states that “Generativity--the act of giving ourselves to the needs of the rest of the world--is the single most important function of old age.” She states that we need to reach out to the rest of the world, instead of waiting for the world to come to us.

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