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How Did I Get to Be 70 When I'm 35 Inside? : Spiritual Surprises of Later Life
by Linda Douty


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Have the courage and curiosity to face the inner changes of aging and learn how they can help you find meaning in your later years.

"I used to think that age sixty-five was the start of a slippery downward slope to the cemetery.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Have the courage and curiosity to face the inner changes of aging and learn how they can help you find meaning in your later years.

"I used to think that age sixty-five was the start of a slippery downward slope to the cemetery. But inside, I felt a surge of enormous energy, with the potential to approach aging as an uncharted adventure instead of a prison sentence."
from the Introduction

Unlike other authors, spiritual director Linda Douty discusses the challenges and surprises of aging by talking about how you actually feel, not what you're supposed to feel. In a warm, down-to-earth voice, she offers a spiritually grounded method to adjust to the unexpected as you grow older. There is no one-size-fits-all here, but a variety of responses to the inner and outer transformations of aging and new ways of looking at them. She looks at surprises, welcome and unwelcome, concerning:
Self-image The physical body Relationships Spiritual life

Questions for reflecting on who you are in this period of your life or who you would like to be will help you live each day more purposefully and joyfully.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781594732973
  • ISBN-10: 1594732973
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publish Date: April 2011
  • Page Count: 183


Related Categories

Books > Self-Help > Aging
Books > Self-Help > Spiritual

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-05-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Yiddish speakers often accompany the word emes with the hand over the heart to emphasize its meaning as "absolute, clear truth." Emes best describes Douty's third entry in her "How..." series (How Can I Let Go If I Don't Know I'm Holding On?). Douty, 65, a spiritual director, interviewed more than 50 elders ages 70 through 99; she rose above platitudes by asking about self-discovery, outside versus inside age, and the changing image of God. "These folks... kept giving me answers that I didn't expect," she writes. "Surprise," the operative word in the interviews, defines Douty's eight chapters, including surprising gifts, challenges, wisdom, the body, and the sacred. To be open to surprise, Douty notes, is to grow, not resist, and to nurture souls and skills. Although Douty quotes experts from Benedictine nun Joan Chittister to Jungian analyst James Hollis, this is not a how-to book: it is about ways old people have plowed through pain—the physical inseparable from the spiritual—toward "winnowed wisdom," paying homage to the holy in everything to leave a legacy of true love in something. (June)

 
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