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Johann Christoph Arnold, admired by such prominent spiritual and inspirational leaders as Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Cardinal Dolan, Pete Seeger, and many more, offers answers to the question: Why shouldn't growing older be rewarding?

Arnold, whose books have helped over a million readers through life's challenges, shows us the spiritual riches that age has to offer. Now in his seventies, Arnold finds himself personally facing the challenges of aging with grace.

With a foreword by Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Rich in Years covers the significant topics facing the aging, the elderly, and their family and caregivers: accepting changes, combatting loneliness, and continuing on with purpose and hope. Going beyond mere inspiration, Arnold does not shy away from such difficult topics as coping with dementia, the prospect of dying, and enduring with dignity. Through faith and a true spirituality, he says, we can find acceptance and serenity.

Johann Christoph Arnold knows, from decades of pastoral experience, what older people and their caregivers can do to make the most of the journey of aging. In this book, he shares stories of people who, in growing older, have found both peace and purpose. Praising Rich in Years, Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, writes, In simple language, Arnold gives hope-filled insights into the trials of aging for people of all ages. Pastor Arnold's book challenges those rich in years to also remain rich in faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874868975
Publisher: Plough Publishing House, The
Publication date: 09/09/2013
Pages: 183
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages.

A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter.

Arnold's message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, César Chavez, and John Paul II. Together with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, working with students at hundreds of public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. This work has also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he serves as chaplain for the local sheriff's department.

Born in Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, 42 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Cardinal Seán O’Malley
Preface by Rolland G. Smith
1. Growing Older
2. Accepting Changes
3. Combatting Loneliness
4. Finding Purpose
5. Keeping Faith
6. Living with Dementia
7. Moving Forward
8. Finding Peace
9. Saying Goodbye
10. Continuing On
11. Beginning Anew

What People are Saying About This

Pete Seeger

On these pages are wonderful words of hope. Savor them. --Pete Seeger, musician

Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Compact yet compelling… A wealth of personal stories and hope-filled insights. --Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

J. I. Packer

Unassuming yet outstanding, this is the best book I know on aging. Wonderfully invigorating. --J.I. Packer, Regent College

von Hildebrand

This book is bound to enrich all who read it. Arnold squarely faces the challenges of old age, teaching us how they can become meaningful when seen in the light of eternity. --Alice von Hildebrand, professor emerita, Hunter College

Marva J. Dawn

Using profound and stimulating stories, Johann Christoph Arnold welcomes us into an elegant fabric of elderly life, abundant with significance and relationships. I know you will find this book spiritually enriching. --Marva J. Dawn, author, Being Well When We're Ill

Eugene H. Peterson

A symphony of voices of men and women willing to talk about aging. The author weaves their stories together as a pastor who knows how to listen. There is much beauty here and not a trace of sentimentality. --Eugene H. Peterson, author and scholar, The Message Bible

Richard J. Foster

Rich in Years is rich in wisdom, rich in courage, rich in hope. The people we meet in these pages and the stories they tell all build in us a confident assurance that God is with us every step of our journey. --Richard J. Foster, author, Celebration of Discipline

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