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Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully

Author(s): Joan Chittister

ISBN13: 9780232527506

ISBN10: 0232527504


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  • The world glorifies youth and degrades old age. The Gift of Years flies in the face of this conventional wisdom. It is a wonderful celebration of the blessings of growing older, clear-eyed and unsentimental about the reality of the ageing process but showing us that our later years are gift, not burden. It is time for us, Joan Chittister says, to let go of both our fantasies of eternal youth and our fears of getting older.

  • Joan Chittister


    Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She serves as cochair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders. Her books include The Gift of Years, The Monastery of the Heart, and Uncommon Gratitude (with the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams). She is past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was prioress of her community, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, for twelve years.



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    Getting older has not diminished the controversial nun, activist, lecturer and author of nearly 40 books on feminism, non-violence and Benedictine wisdom. This collection of inspirational reflections abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms.

    - Publishers Weekly

    A prophetic voice that is desperately needed in our troubled times

    - Karen Armstrong, author of The History of God PUBLISHING 22nd SEPTEMBER 2008

    Brims with insight, pluck, verve and courage. . . . It shows us both the joys and the challenges of growing older, and encourages us to discover the deep spiritual meaning that can come with older age.

    - Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking

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