I Love Growing Older, But I'll Never Grow Old  -     By: J. Ellsworth Kalas
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I Love Growing Older, But I'll Never Grow Old

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From the time we're born, we age--but that doesn't mean we have to get old! Viewing life's journey as a process, Kalas offers a fresh perspective on how to mature with joy, grace, and contentment. Discover how to learn from the past; make peace where you are now; continue to develop personally, emotionally, and spiritually; and more.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426755929
ISBN-13: 9781426755927

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Growing older is a process. Growing old is a conclusion. If you’re growing older you see some hope because you have perspective and you keep learning. If you’ve grown old, you may cynically think that times have never been as bad as they are now, and that they can only get worse.

This book is about learning how to "make peace with where you are right now." It’s about learning from the past and then moving past it. It’s about growing—personally, spiritually, and in our relationships with God and with others. If we think properly about growing older we’ll never have to grow old.

Author Bio

J. Ellsworth Kalas (1923-2015) was the author of over 35 books, including the popular Back Side series, A Faith of Her Own: Women of the Old Testament, Strong Was Her Faith: Women of the New Testament, I Bought a House on Gratitude Street, and the Christian Believer study, and was a presenter on DISCIPLE videos. He was part of the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary since 1993, formerly serving as president and then as senior professor of homiletics. He was a United Methodist pastor for 38 years and also served five years in evangelism with the World Methodist Council.  John D. Schroeder is a freelance writer and has written more than fifteen study guides for small groups, including the Leaders Guides for Sisters: Bible Study for Women. He has also coauthored four books, including How to Start and Sustain a Faith-Based Small Group, How to Start and Sustain a Faith-Based Young Adult Group, Dear Lord! They Want Me to Give the Devotions, and Dear Lord! They Want Me to Give the Devotion Again. John has been a newspaper reporter, and a copy editor and director of communications for several corporations. He currently lives in Minneapolis.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    June 1, 2016
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    Practical. Biblically-sound. Insightful. Pleasant and humorous in tone, broken into easily-read chapters, reflecting on the author's experiences, suggestions, and anecdotes as they relate to aging. The topics apply broadly to any individual, male or female, rich or poor, active or disabled, with or without any family.

    I bought this for my church and read it quickly. I am ordering a personal copy now because Kalas offers so many interesting ideas about the benefits and challenges of adapting to old age, using such a breezy & memorable style, that I want to be able to excerpt quotations from his book to share with others or copy and memorize for my own reference.

    Told in the first-person, the book reads like a winsome conversation with someone who has some positive ideas to contribute to the discussion of how we should deal with the process of aging. Kalas observes, for example, that experience charges high tuition, that we can deepen our Christian walk by praying for each person we email, and that "how old are you, anyway?" ranks right up there with "how much do you weigh?" or "how much do you earn?" as questions we shouldn't ask.

    Organized clearly into logical points, the book offers such ideas as four things to focus on as we age: relationships, travel, reading, and thinking. The antidote to loneliness? Become an engaged listener. Kalas points out that when his thoughts turn negative, he checks himself by referring to happy memories and blessings -- portraying a fine embodiment of Philippians 4.8. I felt sad to learn that Kalas died in 2015, regretting that I won't hear more from him, but I feel grateful for his little volume of lively, helpful philosophy.
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    I Love Growing Older, But I'll Never Grow Old
    March 24, 2016
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    I enjoy reading books by J. Ellsworth Kalas. He has a very down to earth style. His words are not flamboyant but he makes you sit back and think. As I am now considered a senior citizen myself (although I don't feel like one) this book has given me new ways of thinking about my situations. Always speaking from a Christian perspective the author shows patience and love as he speaks about the realities and the problems related to growing older. I have recommended this book to several of my friends and I have encouraged my children to read the book as a way to get a little insight into how some of us 'old folks' think.
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