The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength

The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength

The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength

The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength


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Start embracing the wonder of life after 40

We're all getting older. How do we make the second half of our lives the best half? Forty incredible women of faith from 40 to 85 tackle aging anxieties head-on—and upend them with compelling first-person stories full of humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom. Including:

Elisa Morgan on Dogs and Belonging
Elisabeth Elliot on Sacrifice and Offering
Jennifer Dukes Lee on Drinking in God’s Love
Jennifer Grant on Diving In
Jen Pollock Michel on Facing the End
Joni Eareckson Tada on Pain and Provision
Kay Warren on Joy and Holy Fun
Kendra Smiley on the Freedom of Fun
Lauren Winner on Living with Intention
Luci Shaw on Embracing Adventure
Lynne Hybels on the Necessity of Pleasure
Madeleine L'Engle on Honoring Touch
Patricia Raybon on Answering the Phone
Paula Huston on Living Outdoors
Shannon Ethridge on the Miracles in Mistakes
Sheila Wise Rowe on Following God's Lead
Vina Mogg on the Beauty of Mess
And many more

In three thematic sections—Firsts, Lasts, and Always— these women provide much-needed role models for aging honestly, beautifully, and faithfully, with surprises all along the way. These are indeed the Wonder Years.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825445224
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 553,147
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

When you see her, Leslie may be wearing a silk dress and fishnets or wearing XtraTuf boots and carrying fishing nets, depending on whether she's at her fish camp in the Alaska wilderness or on a speaking tour "outside." She's happy in both places talking about the books, places, and topics that move her most. Her eleven books include The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength; Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year in Christian living; The Spirit of Food; Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers; and Surviving the Island of Grace: A Life on the Wild Edge of America. Her essays, appearing in The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Beliefnet, and Orion, take on an uncommon diversity of interests: wilderness, theology of the body, culture-making, motherhood, narrative theology, and points between and beyond.

"As much as I love words on the page, I'm not fully satisfied until I get to speak them in person with others," Leslie adds. She's honored to travel and share from her passions nationally and internationally at conferences, universities, churches, and retreats. With three master's degrees, she has taught collegiate classes for many years, including six years in Seattle Pacific University's MFA program. If she can't see her audience, radio is a good second. She has appeared on more than 150 radio shows including Family Life Today, Prime Time America, Focus on the Family, and Chris Fabry Live!

She conducts writing workshops around the country and is the founder of the Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop, a writing and spiritual retreat center on the Alaskan island where her family lives and fishes commercially. Recent guest writers have included Philip Yancey, Ann Voskamp, Luci Shaw, and Bret Lott. Find out more at

Leslie lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska, with her family and her Yorkie, Sophie, who thinks she's a sled dog. She can be reached at

Kay y su esposo Rick Warren fundaron la congregación Saddleback Church, en Lake Forest, California. Kay es una apasionada maestra de la Biblia y defensora infatigable de los que padecen enfermedades mentales, VIH y SIDA, así como también de los niños huérfanos y vulnerables que son abandonados. Además, creó la fundación Saddleback's HIV & AIDS Initiative. Sus hijos son Amy, Josh y Matthew, que está en el cielo; además tiene cinco nietos: Kaylie, Cassidy, Caleb, Cole y Claire.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7


Cupped Hands Jennifer Dukes Lee 15

Cultivating Creativity Brené Brown 21

Of Bodies and Birds Michelle Novak 27

Turning Jill Kandel 31

Where Have All the Hearing Aids Cone? Laura Lynn Brown 37

Forty Lauren Winner 41

Rowing into the Wild Luci Shaw 47

Merging Branches Amy R. Buckley 53

This Is My Body Charity Singleton Craig 57

The Whole New World of Horses Heather MacLaren Johnson 61

Something BIG Elisa Morgan 67

Awakened to Adventure Sheila Wise Rowe 71

My Body, My Fixer-Upper Amy K. Sorrells 75

My First Padded Bra Leslie Leyland Fields 79


Never Again-Period! Shelly Wildman 89

Leaving the Night Behind Julie Owens 95

I Renounce Snap Judgments-Again Jeanne Murray Walker 101

Make No Mistake Shannon Ethridge 107

The Fetters and Freedom of Family Amy F. Davis Abdallah 111

No More Comparing Andrea Stephens 115

The Gift of Regret Michelle Van Loon 119

Learn When to Stop Luci Swindoll 125

Skin Blotches and Jiggly Thighs Margot Starbuck 129

Life in High Def Nancy Stafford 135

I Lay Down My Doubts, I Take Up My Pen Leslie Leyland Fields 139

Pay Attention to What Makes You Cry Jennifer Grant 145

Enough of Not Enough Suanne Camfield 149

The Grace to Be Diminished Win Couchman 153


What Do You Love to Do? Lynne Hybels 159

Answer the Phone Patricia Raybon 165

Three Turns of the Ramp Joni Eareckson Tada 169

How Can I Not Keep Reaching Out? Ann Voskamp 173

Make Me a Cake Elisabeth Elliot 179

Messy Edges Vina Mogg 183

Joy Is a Choice Kay Warren 187

The Freedom of Fun Kendra Smiley 191

The Good Earth Paula Huston 195

Building A Stone Wall K. Martha Levitt 199

The Flesh Is to Be Honored Madeleine L'Engle 205

A Pilgrim in Progress Gina Ochsner 209

This Is Forty Jen Pollock Michel 215

Naked/Came Jill Kandel 219

Epilogue: The Book of Wondering 225

Acknowledgments 231

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