Living With Purpose in a Worn Out Body
Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults
On Sale: May 1, 1998
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"Why am I still here? Why does God require such prolonged
suffering?" Frailty, dependence and constant pain can lead
to a spiritual hopelessness in this increasingly "gray"
society. While we're inspired by occasional news about an
extraordinary centenarian who swims every day, it's more
common to grieve and wonder as loved ones grow feeble. With
compassion and honesty, Buchanan gives voice to the those
living an assisted life. Through the painful-to-consider
feelings of loss, self pity, resignation and loneliness, she
leads caregivers and those in their care to see that living
with purpose in old age is an extension of the challenges
lived all along: learning to offer one's will to God's,
trusting God's grace and continuing to respond with the joy
and fortitude of faith. Buchanan fosters empathy for and
expresses the deepest concerns of the frail elderly without
tap-dancing around the tough issues. Forty-two short,
comforting devotionals offer much-needed spiritual
encouragement to the once-vibrant who now cope with daily
limitations and failing health. The devotions are written in
the first person, allowing readers to speak directly to God
about the pills they take, the walkers they need to be
mobile, the ambulances that take away their friends.
Supporting scriptures from the New Testament and Psalms are
included with each meditation. Buchanan writes to the
experiences of lifelong Christians as well as elderly
non-believers who are thinking anew about God. "Though we
may experience fear and discouragement, this book invites us
to remember that God's energies are at work silently but
powerfully throughout all of life," writes one reviewer.
LIVING WITH PURPOSE IN A WORN-OUT BODY is elder-friendly:
large-print text and wide margins for easier handling by
arthritic hands. Help someone you love find a reason and way
to live out God's purpose in spite of their limitations.
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