The Gift of Years looks at the many dimensions of aging, the purposes and concerns, struggles and surprises, the potential and joys, and invites us to embrace older age as a natural part of life that is deeply rewarding.
About the Author
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 the Heart of the Temple," and "The Rule of Benedict." She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.
"A prophetic voice that is desperately needed in our troubled time." --Karen Armstrong, author, "The Great Transformation" "We can all draw strength from Chittister's essays on regret, nostalgia, and forgiveness. She reminds readers of all generations that aging doesn't have to be a depressing series of losses." --"School Library Journal" "Perhaps you have to be in the second half of life to know how truthfully and helpfully Joan Chittister speaks. We live in a first-half-of-life culture, which makes this wisdom all the more necessary--and all the more wonderful." --Richard Rohr, author, "The Naked Now" "This collection of inspirational reflections . . . abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms." --"Publishers Weekly" "Chittister beautifully downplays regrets and accents the rewards of a mature life." --"Library Journal", "starred review" "It's the best book I have read on the subject of aging, a dazzling work radiant with gems of insight on every page. It will be my spiritual reading in the days ahead." --Andrew Greeley, author, "The Great Mysteries" "Brims with insight, pluck, verve and courage. . . . It shows us both the joys and the challenges of growing older, and encourages us to discover the deep spiritual meaning that can come with older age." --Helen Prejean, author, "Dead Man Walking" "An amazing compendium of wisdom not only for people facing aging or providing support, but for everyone who wants to live a spiritually centered and balanced life." --Michael Lerner, editor, "Tikkun Magazine"