Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms

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The so-called golden years have arrived, and you hate to admit it, but you often wonder what is so golden about them after all. You re concerned about your health, your finances, and all the changes you face.
As a person of faith, how are you to cope with the challenges and find purpose for the rest of your life? Missy Buchanan knows first-hand what it s like. She addresses such heartfelt topics as the fear of falling, despair over feeling useless, and grief after the loss of a spouse. She pleads with God to help her see the beauty of life and the world in the midst of these trials. As you read this series of poems paired with selections from Psalms, take comfort in the company of a friend who is in the same place. Share the journey with Missy Buchanan as she faces the heartache and finds hope in the process of aging.

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Missy Buchanan is an award-winning author, speaker, and nationally recognized older adult advocate. She is a former creativity educator and prolific writers whose articles have appeared in numerous publications including "Good Morning America's Weekly Inspirations," "Presbyterians Today," "Mature Years," "Mature Living," and more. For more information, visit www.missybuchanan.com.

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Columnist Buchanan (Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body) has a terrific ear and eye for older people. This slim book of short meditations, accompanied by excerpts from the Psalms, is itself a psalter. Like the psalms, the readings give voice to a range of feelings: joy, lament, frustration, loneliness, acceptance, grumpiness. It's said that old age ain't for sissies, and Buchanan's reflections serve to convey an emotional strength developed over a lifetime. The language is direct, simple, and moving, like the language of good poetry. The author won't win big-time recognition-old age ain't sexy, either-but she should win many readers, who will recognize their own words, thoughts, and laments. This lovely volume addresses a growing need for books that explore the spirituality of aging.
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