The Gift Of Years by Joan Chittister
My friends and I joke about the myth we have heard all our lives about the “golden years.” The writer of this book, Joan Chittister, has written about the gift we have of the years we have been given. She says it is not we have one life to live, but an accumulation of the lives we have lived. We are born and learn to walk, run, read, write, love, work, retire, and then what. Each of these is really a different life to be lived as it comes. Now that the end of life may be approaching, how do we blend the fabric we have created into the life we have now. “These are the capstone years, the time in which a whole new life is in the making again.” This gift is about “becoming more fully alive than ever.” Chittister writes beautifully with a spiritual approach to whatever topic she tackles. Now that she is “seventyish,” she talks about things many of us “olderish” probably think about: regret [a blessing the shows why we are who we are and to move on to becoming;] meaning [older people have seen so much, learned so much, they have the ability to share that enrichment with others.] There are 30 plus other topics with a 2-3-page discussion and each showing the burden and the blessing that each has for us. Chittister is one of those blessings.
If you want to read this book now and can’t order it, our library will gladly loan it to you. Simply come by the church during office hours and we can leave the book out for you to pick up.
When Restrictions are lifted, Walk right in to McCabe/Kesler Library and pick and choose!
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