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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: BlueBridge (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933346337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933346335
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"A prophetic voice that is desperately needed in our troubled time." --Karen Armstrong, author, "The Great Transformation"

"We can all draw strength from Chittister's essays on regret, nostalgia, and forgiveness. She reminds readers of all generations that aging doesn't have to be a depressing series of losses." --"School Library Journal"

"Perhaps you have to be in the second half of life to know how truthfully and helpfully Joan Chittister speaks. We live in a first-half-of-life culture, which makes this wisdom all the more necessary--and all the more wonderful." --Richard Rohr, author, "The Naked Now"

"This collection of inspirational reflections . . . abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Chittister beautifully downplays regrets and accents the rewards of a mature life." --"Library Journal", "starred review"

"It's the best book I have read on the subject of aging, a dazzling work radiant with gems of insight on every page. It will be my spiritual reading in the days ahead." --Andrew Greeley, author, "The Great Mysteries"

"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"

"An amazing compendium of wisdom not only for people facing aging or providing support, but for everyone who wants to live a spiritually centered and balanced life." --Michael Lerner, editor, "Tikkun Magazine"

About the Author

Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. She is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Her books include "The Friendship of Women," "In the Heart of the Temple," and "The Rule of Benedict." She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.


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I'm approaching my eighth decade, I found this illuminating.
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The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
The six copies of the book were purcahsed by my wife as a present for each of our six children on the celebration of our 50th wedding annivesary. Our children are all 40+ yrs old!!!
I have not read it yet but have received late night snippets from my wife as she read herself to sleep while reading it for the third time. Seemed to reflect and add to our own Spirituality. We are part of an Ignatian Outreach Team.
One disappointment the American cover is not as cheerful as the English edition but I could not see enough volumes of the English edition on sale at the time of purchase!!!! Purchased from/or through Amazon.
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The Author has opened up for us a new perspective in the ageing process which helps us to live life to the full building on what has gone before us
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A Christian book ,full of good insights into aging and meeting the challenge of retirement. Well researched and an enjoyable read.
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