Even if you are not elderly, there is something to love in the book Rich in Years by Johann Christoph Arnold. While some of the chapters address specific issues (nearly) exclusive to the elderly, most of the topics discuss things that all of us will face at some point in our lives. If you or a loved one are facing a serious or life-limiting illness, or if you’ve lost a loved one, you will find wisdom and encouragement in this easy-to-read book.
Mr. Arnold addresses issues without demographic boundaries such as “Accepting Changes,” “Finding Purpose,” and “Keeping Faith”. Topics that are pertinent to individuals and families faced with serious or terminal illnesses include “Living With Dementia,” “Moving Forward,” “Finding Peace,” “Saying Goodbye,” “Continuing On” and “Beginning Anew”. Topics aimed at anyone who is advanced in years include “Growing Older,” “Accepting Changes” and “Combating Loneliness.”
I am living with a disabling and life-limiting illness and I found Mr. Arnold’s words to be quite encouraging:
It is only when we dwell in our past, using our old measure of self-worth, that our bodies seem decrepit in comparison. If we look at what we can give, rather than our limitations, we will be able to accept our new role.
When I was diagnosed I was still relatively physically functional and able to continue in my career. Eventually, the disabling effects of my illness made it impossible for me to continue and I had to leave the job that I loved and that had, to a large extent, defined me for nearly two decades. Changing that role has been the hardest part of my illness. I felt lost and extremely depressed for quite some time. I have come to the point now where I can accept my new role, but it was extremely difficult. There is wisdom to “letting go” without “giving up.”
If you are elderly, or have an elderly loved one, I encourage you to read this book and share it with them. I’d also recommend the book for anyone facing a serious, life-altering illness or injury. There is much wisdom here!
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Across the globe, people make New Year’s resolutions. Loose weight. Read more. Spend more time with the family… What? Spend more time with the family?! That’s a great goal! If you’re looking for some practical help to guide you with achieving this goal, “Love at Last Sight” is a wonderful tool.
Throughout the book, the authors (Kerry and Chris Shook) lay out practical strategies for improving the QUALITY of your closest relationships. Spanning 30-days, their suggestions could truly change lives. The first week is dedicated to “Being All There”. The second, “Acting Intentionally,” refines the premise of the first week. Week three confronts the fear of “Confronting Awkwardness” and the fourth is focused on “The Art of Letting Go”.
Contrary to what we see in movies and on TV, real love doesn’t just “happen” and lasting relationships are hard work. With the concrete steps outlined in this book, along with a willing heart, your valued relationships can be enriched.
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