The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully

by Joan Chittister, Joan D. Chittister
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The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister, Joan D. Chittister


Not only accepting but celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating work looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933346106
Publisher: BlueBridge
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 204,487
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author


JOAN CHITTISTER is an internationally known writer and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. She currrently serves as co-chair of the UN-sponsored Global Peace Initiative of Women. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Noel612 More than 1 year ago
I think the Gift of Years has valuable information for anyone over the age of 60 who is comtemplating retirement and what to do with the remaining years. Joan Chittester has obviously reflected on many aspects of life after 60: mystery, joy, meaning, adjustment, relationships, learning, etc. All these topics are in the form of short 4-5 page essays which end with a summary based on the "burden" and the "blessing" of these years. It's easy to skip around and pick the topics that most interest you. I think it is a remarkable book!
penguinJK More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read & read again. As you travel through the many aspects of life, this book can give you many things to consider and then reconsider. I would suggest you look at it at least every few years or so.
Chimmi More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Sr. Joan's writing, but never more than her work in this book. The book is organized into short chapters headed by thoughtful quotations and concluding with paragraphs to prompt additional reflection. Easy to read, but enormously provocative in its content, the book warrants accolades for its keen insights and perceptive views on aging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a terrific book for anyone over 60 or anyone who has grown older prematurely because of illness or accident. It is a must for the new retiree to set one on a positive path for the later years of life. The chapters are short, and each one is packed full of inspiration. Short chapters make it good one-chapter-a-day reading. I may even read the book more than once on this one-a-day basis. I need to be reminded often of the things it says. I especially like the little capsules of burden or blessing that conclude each chapter. I think it would also be a good book for a senior discussion group or to read aloud to one another. Because of the age for which it is intended, I think it would be advisable for the publishers to produce a large-print edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of short essays about how one can age gracefully. Great to read on a day when the advantages of aging are not evident. Good book for a significant birthday.
happyharry More than 1 year ago
Although the Gift of Years is directed towards "senior citizens", the reflections are appropriate for people of all ages. It will help to examine whether we are using the time now beneficially. As the saying goes "it is called the "present" because it is a gift." This is book is a gift for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a gift to older folks - as they review the events and decisions of their lives so far... and anticipate the ending of their lives. It will be read and re-read, as life points to certain topics. I treasure this book!
MimiMA More than 1 year ago
Sr. Joan offers so many words of encouragement and challenges to anyone over 50 and thinks it's now a downhill slide. She points out the burdens and benefits to so many aspects of life offering the challenge to be aware and live the benefits/ blessings of our years.
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je40 More than 1 year ago
This is a self help book for the older among us. Several of the ideas were new to me and really helpful - haven't finished it yet but definitely will.
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