5 Stars Out Of 5
Worth a Look
June 1, 2016
Practical. Biblically-sound. Insightful. Pleasant and humorous in tone, broken into easily-read chapters, reflecting on the author's experiences, suggestions, and anecdotes as they relate to aging. The topics apply broadly to any individual, male or female, rich or poor, active or disabled, with or without any family.
I bought this for my church and read it quickly. I am ordering a personal copy now because Kalas offers so many interesting ideas about the benefits and challenges of adapting to old age, using such a breezy & memorable style, that I want to be able to excerpt quotations from his book to share with others or copy and memorize for my own reference.
Told in the first-person, the book reads like a winsome conversation with someone who has some positive ideas to contribute to the discussion of how we should deal with the process of aging. Kalas observes, for example, that experience charges high tuition, that we can deepen our Christian walk by praying for each person we email, and that "how old are you, anyway?" ranks right up there with "how much do you weigh?" or "how much do you earn?" as questions we shouldn't ask.
Organized clearly into logical points, the book offers such ideas as four things to focus on as we age: relationships, travel, reading, and thinking. The antidote to loneliness? Become an engaged listener. Kalas points out that when his thoughts turn negative, he checks himself by referring to happy memories and blessings -- portraying a fine embodiment of Philippians 4.8. I felt sad to learn that Kalas died in 2015, regretting that I won't hear more from him, but I feel grateful for his little volume of lively, helpful philosophy.