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|Title: Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms|
By: Missy Buchanan
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Upper Room
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 6 ounces
Stock No: WW810166
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Missy Buchanan encourages older adults to maintain open dialogue with God. Through a series of personal poems and reflections, each coupled with a selection from Psalms, Buchanan presents heartfelt talks with God. She addresses topics such as the fear of falling, despair over feeling useless, and grief after the loss of a spouse. She also shares pleas for God to help her see the beauty of life and the world in the midst of these trials.
For professionals, friends, or family members seeking to understand an aging loved one, Talking with God in Old Age offers a glimpse into the thoughts and emotions of someone who speaks with candor and from experience. For seniors currently grappling with the aging process themselves, this book can serve as a daily devotional with a friend who is in the same place. Readers can join Missy Buchanan on the journey of faith as she shares with honesty both the heartaches and concerns of the elderly persons she has interacted with on a daily basis and the hope they reveal in old age.
ENDORSEMENTS: There are many books about the tough problems of aging, but precious few about the spiritual gifts of aging. Missy Buchanan is a rare voice of insight and inspiration in this natural and yet anxiety-producing phase of life. And, make no mistake! Despite the overwhelming emphasis on youth in popular media, America is aging. In her newest book, Missy connects our need for faithful, fresh reflections on growing older with the timeless wisdom of Psalms. It's a powerful gift to all of us.
- David Crumm
Editor, ReadTheSpirit Magazine
Missy Buchanan is a skillful writer with the gifts of compassion and love for aging and older persons. Such empathy is clearly exhibited in Talking with God in Old Age. While the book gives voice to various storytellers, Missy Buchanans insights readily apply to anyone who is coping with aging and later life issues. Her wisdom and clarity are a gift for us all.
Richard H. Gentzler Jr., DMin
Director, Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries
General Board of Discipleship, The United Methodist Church
In Talking with God in Old Age, Missy Buchanan captures the very essence of the journey of frailty. Her honest and inspiring meditations reflect the pain and frustration people often experience as they age into frailty. Yet within each reflection is the glimmer of hope and an acknowledgement of profound courage and strength that remains in each person no matter their abilities or disabilities. The clear messages of faith, love, and grace through Gods abiding presence shine through like a beacon of hope and understanding, and the words of the Psalms offer comfort and compassion.
Pastor of Silver Link Ministries
Director of the Center for Ministry with the Frail
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
Author: Missy Buchanan
Located in: Rockwall, TX
Submitted: April 05, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. My husband and I are empty-nesters who have raised three terrific young adult children. We love life and are still crazy about each other. I am also blessed to have a group of close friends who encourage me daily. In this second half of life, I became a caregiver for my own elderly parents. That's when God unleashed a new passion in me... encouraging older adults, particularly those who are vulnerable.
What was your motivation behind this project? My parents, now deceased, were the motivation behind both of my books, Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body and Talking with God in Old Age. As they neared their 90th birthdays, I realized that these faith-filled people were not being spiritually nourished. Unable to attend their home church, they needed devotions that pertained specifically to this season of their long lives. I began to write for them. At the same time, I also began to develop relationships with many other older adults at their senior residence where I went each day. The devotions of both books are taken from real-life experiences and conversations with these precious older adults.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Many older adult readers tell me that my books bring them comfort because they talk about real issues of aging. The devotions, much like many of the Psalms, are honest, heartfelt cries to God. Written from the perspective of older adults, they are authentic to the mindset of those who struggle with physical or emotion loss during their last earthly years. They do not sugarcoat life, yet they bring a word of hope. I have also found a secondary reading audience... family members and caregivers for older adults. And just recently I found that a youth minister is using both books for a youth program on developing compassionate hearts toward older adults. How great is that?
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? For me, writing, speaking and nurturing relationships with older adults are all rolled up into one ministry. I cannot separate them. Every week I visit residents and friends in several senior care centers. These older folks are dear to me and provide many topics for my books and for my monthly United Methodist Reporter column, Aging Well. I ask questions and listen carefully. I keep a notebook handy, too, when I travel across the country to speak to groups of older adults at churches or at senior residences. I love meeting older adults and hearing what is on their hearts. One thing I've learned is that aging typically brings great loss and great joy. It is important to acknowledge both.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Just this week I heard singer Amy Grant talk about her parents who now live in assisted living. I could almost hear my own words as I remembered my own parents who died at 89 and 92 years of age. Every day I draw inspiration from faith-filled older folks who are facing the challenges of aging with grace and courage.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have the cutest 17-month old grandson ever!
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