I found myself befuddled in my 50th year of life. As I looked within myself and without to the lives of others, I realized I was in mid-life crisis. I shared that with my Pastor, and he gave me this book. What a treasure! I found myself on every page, and when I looked at the friends and families (many from our church) who had "slipped away", I realized that they were "lost in the middle" as well. This book gets to the heart of what real faith is and what God is doing in our lives, even when (and especially when) we feel we are getting toasted and roasted in the oven of life, when our bodies are failing, our children are floundering and our faith is fleeting. I am going to give copies to as many people as I can, with discernment and sensitivity.
What a great book! I read it, loved it and preached through it one Sunday evening a month. It gets to the heart of what Christianity is all about. I find myself going back to this book again and again in almost every counseling situation. It applies to way more than midlife; it applies to all of life. Our source of happiness, identity, purpose and worship is to be found in our relationship with Christ and not in our health, wealth, career, marriage, children or even being a pastor. When we place anything ahead of God, it becomes an idol and we set ourselves up for great disappointment which generally begins to manifest itself during midlife. Great book for all age groups. I'm buying copies for friends and other pastors.