We live in a culture that tells us there are few things worse than aging, that we should avoid aging at all costs, and that we must shun death. And yet, no matter how much money we spend on health supplements, no matter how many gurus we consult, the fact remains unchanged: We will grow old.
In A Season of Mystery, 60-year-old Paula Hustona grandmother, and also a caretaker for her own mother and for her in-lawsshares with readers a far more fulfilling way to approach how we live and how we think about the second half of life. Each chapter offers a spiritual practice that is particularly suited to nurturing us in ways we would never have recognized in our younger lives. For example, the practice of "listening" helps us quit superimposing our own take on every situation before we have a chance to hear and see what is truly there; the practice of "delighting" encourages us to notice and be thankful for what is small and seemingly insignificant. Each of the 10 practices serves as an antidote to the classic afflictions of old age, such as close-mindedness, complaining, and fear of change.
A Season of Mystery is not intended to be a selection of self-improvement secrets; the goal of Hustons work is to encourage people in the second half of life to become "ordinary mystics" who are no longer bound by the worlds false ideas on aging but instead be freed by Gods grace to embrace the riches that come only with growing older.
Paula Huston, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, has published fiction and essays for more than 20 years. She is the "cement" between generations, watching her own daughter parent while watching her mother face end-of-life issues. She lives in Arroyo Grande, California.
"In this timely and refreshing paperback, Huston shares 10 spiritual practices which she believes can usher people into a deeper and more fulfilling second half of life."
-- Spirituality & Practice
"I am grateful for finding this book, and will recommend to others in my age group without hesitation!"
- Elizabeth Nordquist, A Musing Mama
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