Monday, September 29, 2014

Books on Aging & Spiritual Growth

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After spending decades journeying through life, many people end up gaining great spiritual insight. The cliche about elders being wise holds true for many older adults.

Because the generations are more isolated from each other in industrialized nations than they are in traditional cultures, this hard-won wisdom isn't always present in every home.

Fortunately, a number of insightful people in midlife and late life are writing books that offer thought-provoking commentary on how to respond to life's challenges--including challenges that are often correlated with late life: illness, death of loved ones, loss of employment. 

But advanced age is not all decay.  Our youth-obsessed culture often reads it as such, missing out on the strengths of a half-century-plus view of life. 

Here are a few books that I have read that contain insight found after 50--listed in reverse chronology by publication date. 




Singh, Kathleen Dowling (2014).  Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older.   Review





Rohr, Richard (2011). Falling Upwards: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.  Review




Chittister, Joan (2008). The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. Review






Plotkin, Bill (2007). Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. Review







Thomas, Bill. (2004). What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World. Review





Dass, Ram (2000). Still Here: Embracing Changing, Aging and Dying. Review





Carter, Jimmy (1998). Virtues of Aging. Review








Albom, Mitch (1997). Tuesdays with Morrie. Review





Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman and Ronald S. Miller. (1995) From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older. Review




Question to my readers: After I composed this list, I realized that only ONE (Chittister) of these eight authors is a woman who writes about wisdom. I need to read/add more women's voices.

Updated 11/12/14 to add Singh's book.

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