Talking With God In Old Age: Meditations and Psalms

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In Talking with God in Old Age, Missy Buchanan sensitively addresses the worries, fears, and frustrations of older adults and extends hope, encouraging them to maintain an open dialogue with God. Each reading features:

a candid conversation with God

a related passage from Psalms

easy-to-read print

Seniors grappling with the aging process will readily identify with these ...

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Overview

In Talking with God in Old Age, Missy Buchanan sensitively addresses the worries, fears, and frustrations of older adults and extends hope, encouraging them to maintain an open dialogue with God. Each reading features:

a candid conversation with God

a related passage from Psalms

easy-to-read print

Seniors grappling with the aging process will readily identify with these reflections and will find reassurance of God's presence. Caregivers, family members, and others seeking to understand aging loved ones will gain insight into the thoughts and emotions of the elderly frail.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Columnist Buchanan (Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body) has a terrific ear and eye for older people. This slim book of short meditations, accompanied by excerpts from the Psalms, is itself a psalter. Like the psalms, the readings give voice to a range of feelings: joy, lament, frustration, loneliness, acceptance, grumpiness. It's said that old age ain't for sissies, and Buchanan's reflections serve to convey an emotional strength developed over a lifetime. The language is direct, simple, and moving, like the language of good poetry. The author won't win big-time recognition-old age ain't sexy, either-but she should win many readers, who will recognize their own words, thoughts, and laments. This lovely volume addresses a growing need for books that explore the spirituality of aging.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835810166
  • Publisher: Upper Room Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 447,794
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Cornflakes 11

Frugal 13

Rehab 16

Once upon a Time 18

Toss and Turn 20

Swimming in the Dark 22

My Plot of Sky 24

Do-over 26

My Little Room 28

In the Mirror 30

Pain 32

Naps 34

Grumpy Moments 36

I Haven't Always Been Old 38

With One Eye Open 40

Dignity 42

Falling 44

Surprise Me Today 46

Alone 48

Kleenex in My Sleeve 50

My Mind Seems Small 52

Obituary 54

Shut In, Shut Out 56

Tears 58

Good Good-bye 60

Hearing Aid 62

Real Person on the Phone 64

Butterfly 66

Standing on the Edge 68

Waiting Rooms 70

Thick Ankles and Varicose Veins 72

Brighter Side 74

What's for Dessert? 76

Funerals and Such 78

Still Kickin' 80

Broken Dreams 82

Sometimes Life Stinks 84

My Time, Your Time 86

A Piece of Me 88

Be Still 90

I Don't Like Change 92

Surely 94

About the Author 96

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

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    Encouragement for Seniors

    For anyone who is elderly and living alone, they are probably lonely. No matter how many friends and family members they have, they still spend countless hours alone. This great devotional book is designed specifically for the journey that so many of our seniors find themselves in. Missy Buchanan has beautifully captured the emotions, fears and worries of the elderly. The meditations and psalms are transparent in a way I have never seen before. Losing a spouse, moving out of your house, and losing independence must be devastating. There are so many that also lose their dignity as their body functions fail and frail bodies prevent them from getting around on their own. So many changes, that it must be really hard to cope at times. If someone in your life needs encouragement and understanding in their golden years, please consider getting a copy of this book to share with them. Tailored specifically to extend hope and encouragement to seniors, this book is also an invaluable tool for anyone who cares for seniors, either personally or professionally. It helps to understand the worries, fears and frustrations that seniors are dealing with on a daily basis.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    Old Age Devotions

    This thin booklet contains a first-person account of a nursing home resident, talking to God. Each thought is followed by a selection from Psalms, reassuring of God's unchanging love and presence.

    Many of the fears and concerns of the aging are accurately presented, which can make it depressing reading. Only by focusing on the final thoughts of each meditation is the reader encouraged.

    Thank you to Audra Jennings at B&B Media Group for my copy.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    A Blessing!

    Talking With God In Old Age, Meditations and Psalms by Missy Buchanan arrived in this morning's mail. I spent part of the afternoon reading it in preparation for this review. It is simplistic, yet sensitively bold in the topics of each devotional. This book is written for and to those in their senior years, but it would benefit so many others. Missy Buchanan writes about those issues the elderly face on a daily basis, yet always ends with encouragement and Scripture from God's Word. This book was delightful in its presentation, sometimes humorous, but often reflecting the pain and frailty of the elderly.

    The book is printed in large, easy to read type. The wording is such that a child could understand. I would like to recommend this book especially to those aging, but would also encourage you to purchase a copy if you minister to the elderly, an aging parent, or to read to your children if you have an older relative residing in your home

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2010

    This Book Is About As Genuine And Honest About One's Faith In Their Later Years!

    Missy Buchanan has provided us with another book filled with spiritual encouragement for those of any age that will help us understand that the best years are still ahead of our older loved ones. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. It's a great book with a timeless message.

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