When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife

by Jennifer Grant
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When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Doreen-renewing-strength 8 months ago
I received this book from Handlebar for the purpose of writing an honest review. Jennifer Grant's subtitle says it well: indignities, compromises and the unexpected grace of midlife. If at 46 I am at midlife, will I live to 92? My husband defines midlife as 10 years older than I am. So, midlife is 80? Jennifer defines midlife as, "the beginning of life's compelling third act-not just as a time of chin hairs and disappointment." Our roots deeper and trunks stronger than when we were young, we can stand tall, poised to help the rest of the first thrive. With humor she chronicles the journey and I found the book enjoyable from the standpoint of honesty and transparency. However, I do not agree with her picture of Christianity, the Bible and what the Bible says about death and heaven. It has all the potential of being a very relatable book for especially ladies as they approach the middle age stage and how they relate to teens, parents, life and friends. But the confusion of the last chapter: The Bridesmaids and the Oil left me sad. I feel she has misunderstood the account in scripture and thereby missed the value of a personal relationship with the Bridegroom, the precious Son of God, Jesus.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I received a copy of WHEN DID EVERYBODY ELSE GET SO OLD?: INDIGNITIES, COMPROMISES, AND THE UNEXPECTED GRACE OF MIDLIFE by Jennifer Grant from Herald Press in exchange for an honest review. I am a few years away from middle age, but I am an eclectic reader and enjoy religious novels. I sat down with this book thinking to spend a half-hour on a few chapters…and I breezed right through it. Jennifer Grant’s writing is catchy and heart-felt. She isn’t afraid to show her fault and she revels in life’s joys. That reveling is contagious! I recommend this book and will be sharing it with my middle-aged friends and family members. This would make a great gift for the upcoming holidays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Grant did it again. She made me cry and laugh at the same time. Her writing style (somewhere between Anne Lamott and Elizabeth Lesser but somehow completely her own) is touching and effective, and made me sad to finish the book. Write more Jennifer Grant! Transitioning from parenting to empty nest is an emotionally volatile phase—it is nice to know I am not the only one to have such complex, wildly volatile, and paradoxical views on this stage of life. Buy it. Read it. Give it as a gift. Every middle aged woman in America needs this.
Suzannie More than 1 year ago
A beautifully woven tale of growth, loss, fear, release, and love. I took it on a walk with me as I neared the last chapters. I read it on foot, so sad was I to end this walk with a friend.