Nearing Home by Billy Graham, is good for all ages
August 3, 2012
In this easy-to-read book, which is part memoir and part instruction, Billy Graham shares brief stories from his fascinating life, as well as insights about growing old, dealing with loss, and living out one's latter years. Chapter titles like "Fading strength but standing strong" and "The impact of hope" reflect the positive encouragement shared by Graham in this, his 9th decade of life.
My favorite part of Nearing Home is the key scripture and often whimsical quote at the beginning of each short chapter, which includes such gems as "Don't resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege." Graham backs up his points with relevant Bible verses, interesting research, and helpful anecdotes.
I think anyone can benefit from reading this wise and enjoyable book, but especially those who need an extra boost as they begin to slow down and struggle with the aging process. I was definitely challenged to face each decade with hope, humility, and a hunger to learn more and live a life full of faith and service to the very end.
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith." -Col 2:6-7
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well, by Billy Graham, is a book written for those in the "later years"of life, yet the recommendations and encouraging words are ones that are meant for anyone. While I have just reached "middle age" I read this book and found a good number of truths in it. My favorite quote which reminded me of my grandmother as well was: "We should never get too old to learn or too old to laugh.". I also found comfort in Graham's reminder that our greatest victory is yet to come when we triumph over death and enter into the eternal presence of our Savior Jesus Christ. Graham begins the book with a chapter about "running toward home" with the reminder to keep our eyes focused on our future with Christ. He then gives advice for retirement and planning and a warning to not retire from life. He continues by admitting that growing older does mean a loss of health and strength but not necessary a loss of hope. He encourages readers to continue to nurture our youth and pass on the wisdom that only comes with age and experience. He ends with a chapter on heaven and the reminder that it is our final home and thus our journey is "nearing home." I highly recommend this book not just to those who are in their golden years but to all of those who need a reminder of what is to come and the hope that we all have of heaven. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
My recommending this book to several others prompted one to have me order it for her to take to her family as she wants them to realize what "aging" is all about and Billy Graham said it all so well. CBD price was the best we found for ordering it. My book was a gift from a younger friend!