Rich in Years: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life By Johann Christoph Arnold

There may be more books on the subject of aging, but I haven’t seen them. I was so excited to read this one. I haven’t ever found many seniors that talk openly about growing older. I am 60 years old and I want to have an idea about what’s ahead; the unvarnished truth!
In many other societies, the aged members are respected and admired. They are viewed as an important part of the families and the culture. The youth worshipping society of the United States views aging as something to avoid at all costs. No wonder so many elderly people speak of feeling useless and not needed. I know God’s Word says that growing old is an honor and a blessing. Every year we are alive means God still has a purpose for us here on earth.
I liked the fact this was written by a senior. The many scriptures throughout the book are a guide to seeing growing old from God’s point of view. The author doesn’t sugar coat anything but addresses issues of aging head on: failing health, loneliness, the death of family and loved ones, dependency on others, and more. Mr. Arnold helps one see that these are not the enemies of old age, but our attitude toward them. Yes there are things we will lose as we leave younger years behind, but there is much to gain. Is the glass half empty or half full? There is still much to be enjoyed and savored, only not in the way we did in the past.
He even addresses facing death. Death is as much a part of life as living, and as Christians, the Lord is with us every step of the way, even to our last breath. As we trusted Him to care for us in our life, we can trust Him when it is our time to die.
The individual stories he shared about seniors who face their challenges with courage and joy were very inspiring. This was made even more personal by pictures of those people. This book is filled with hope and encouragement. It was beautifully and sensitively written. People of all ages need to read it.
I received this book free from Handlebar Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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