Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults  -     By: Missy Buchanan
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Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults

Upper Room / 2008 / Paperback

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Living With Purpose In A Worn-Out Body is an exploration of the inner life shared by many persons in nursing homes and retirement centers. With compassion and honesty, Buchanan gives voice to mingled feelings of loss, gratitude, resignation, courage, loneliness, and love. Buchanan lets readers know the difficult feelings of those living an assisted life: the ambivalence about being alive so long, the struggle against self-pity, the frustrations of limited strength and movement. She also mines the joys of living: laughter among friends, seeing grandchildren grow up, sifting through happy memories. Well chosen passages from the Psalms and New Testament stir feelings of hope and a trust in God's will, allowing the reader to respond with the joy and fortitude of faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Upper Room
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 083589942X
ISBN-13: 9780835899420

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  1. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Respect for the Elderly
    April 23, 2011
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have a mother who is in assisted living, so I find this book very practical and definitely appropriate and real for the elderly living in the different facilities or even at home alone. For the Christian elderly, the chapter on "What purpose, God?" would resonate for them at this advanced age. I have a niece, who dotes on her grandmother, so the "Granddaughter" chapter would aptly apply. Mail. We all look for mail. Especially us women! Even more so for the elderly, thus the chapter, "Mail."

    Who can't relate to the "Power chair" when you think of the elderly getting around? The "Late-in-life friends" is lived out daily, as some pass away quickly. Yes, and even some days they, like us, tend to have a "Pity party." These are but a few of the devotional headings. All are terrific reminders of how to care for the physical and spiritual needs of the elderly.

    Each chapter in Living With Purpose in a Worn-out Body applies somewhere in the life of an elderly person. It's a book of realities of living in a worn-out body and still wanting to serve God and do His will amidst the trials of aching, slow, and aging bodies. The daily devotional comments come from actual people who shared their struggles and joy, and were put to pen by Missy Buchanan. The additional Scripture added at the end are great for additional meditation.

    When I started reading this book, I felt like I was reading the "The Psalms of the Elderly." Like King David, they candidly voiced their concerns, but praised God in the end.

    As I wrote the author, I would love to see this book put into the hands of every senior who goes into an assisted living, a nursing home, or are still living alone in their homes. It's real, yet encouraging. I so hope I have this when I get to that age! A great book to recommend to your church to give to the elderly.

    This book was provided by Audra Jennings at The B&B Media Groups, Inc., in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Tampa, FL
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Understanding the Aging
    February 12, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    This slim booklet, written in first-person, accurately reflects the fears and concerns of those who are nearing the summit of their lives. Bible verses follow each topic to positively encourage the reader.

    Some of the topics are: "Power chair," "Late-in-life friends," "Good night's sleep," "Sensible shoes," and "Breathing." Most elderly will easily connect to the truths contained in this small volume.

    Thank you to Audra Jennings at B&B Media Group for my copy.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Book!
    October 8, 2010
    Deborah Duke
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In large print, this book is ideal as a gift of encouragement for individuals who are no longer able to do all of the things they have always done for themselves. As we age, those things we took for granted ~ driving, walking, reading, etc. ~ may diminish, taking with them our independence. We begin to question God's purpose in our lives; we feel useless and a burden to others. This book acknowledges our feelings but helps us not to focus inward to ourselves, but to focus outward to God and others. Yes, we are aging, no, we can't do everything as we did before, but we are children of God and He created each of us for a purpose. Read this book; you will be Blessed!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 13, 2010
    Gale L. Player
    As we become older, many changes will take place in our lives. For example, we may find ourselves outliving some who are younger than we are, former long-time friends may no longer be there for us, once-simple tasks may now become a challenge, our lives consist of reflections of what once was, and now but a memory. The list of the implications of aging is endless. Missy Buchanan has presented a book of spiritual encouragement...words that will bring a tear to each of us as we enter into the very thoughts of those who are living in their latter years. Well-written and thought-provoking, this is a "must read" for those of all ages and stages.
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