Wine at the End of the Feast: Embracing Spiritual Change As You Age

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Spirituality and prayer change with age. In this book, author Kristen Johnson Ingram explores these changes and offers a Catholic perspective on the aging process. Ingram analyzes the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of aging and explains how these issues affect a person's relationship with God.

As a woman in her seventies, Ingram knows firsthand the joy and sadness of getting older. Candid discussions about love and loss, fear and faith, and death and dignity offer ...

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Overview

Spirituality and prayer change with age. In this book, author Kristen Johnson Ingram explores these changes and offers a Catholic perspective on the aging process. Ingram analyzes the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of aging and explains how these issues affect a person's relationship with God.

As a woman in her seventies, Ingram knows firsthand the joy and sadness of getting older. Candid discussions about love and loss, fear and faith, and death and dignity offer profound insight into the changing relationship with faith that occurs in old age. Ingram also provides encouragement that gaining years deepens a person's spirituality and brings peace. This book provides a springboard for reflection on one's own aging and allows those close to the elderly to better understand their problems. Relevant Scripture passages and quotes on aging introduce each chapter.

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This passionate collection of essays by Ingram, author of 18 books, argues that "aging gracefully" is really about growing in God's grace. The book is more descriptive than prescriptive; this is not a how-to manual but a keen observation of how the aging process opens people to spiritual growth. Various chapters explore topics such as friendship and community, creativity, loss, sleeplessness, death and resurrection. Ingram writes honestly about some of the drawbacks of growing old (such as being called an "old fart" in the grocery store), while also pointing to the increased spiritual awareness that comes with understanding the inevitability of death. She writes from a Roman Catholic perspective, but also casts her net wide, drawing upon Buddhism, Christian history and the arts--even extolling the wisdom of Ravel and David Bowie in the same sentence. Opinionated and personal, discerning and candid, this book adds a luster of insight to the golden years. (Aug. 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829419368
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,042,655
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. I Changes and Chances
1 A the Heart of Aging 3
2 Learning Death, Choosing Life 13
3 Prayer and the Aging Process 31
4 Losses 43
5 Turn Back 59
Pt. II Looking Inward
6 The Night 73
7 Pleasure 87
8 Can Older Be Holier? 103
9 Creativity and Your Spirit 119
10 How Shall We Live, Now? 127
Pt. III Steps in the Journey
11 Friends and Counselors 145
12 Cleaning Out the Heart 161
13 To Follow Thee More Nearly 175
14 The Contribution 197
15 Overcoming Death 207
Pt. IV To See Thee Face to Face
16 Letting Go 217
17 Longing 229
18 The Bread of Life 239
19 Resurrection 249
20 The Sacrament of Time 261
Suggested Reading 275
Scriptures for Lectio Divina 279
Index 283
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