I bought two copies of this book for Christmas presents to give to some older family members, but ended up reading quite a bit of the book before I wrapped it up. The book is written for everyone, no matter how old you are in physical years. I wish I had something like this book to read when I was in my 30's. Billy Graham tells it like it is..some very humorous stories, some are very touching..it's a good read, worth the time and it just might help to change the way you look at life, to live life well, to finish strong in God.
Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well by Billy Graham
Billy Graham makes a plea to an older generation not to retire from life in the book Nearing Home. He talks about his own personal revelations and struggles as he grows older and encourages others to use their golden years to honor the Lord. He touches on everything from influencing the impressionable around you to addressing your fading strength and building roots.
Seniors deal with a myriad of trials and struggles and Billy Graham addresses most of them in his book. He talks about depression and how feeling sick can turn you into a selfish person if you choose to focus on the circumstances in your life that are less than desirable. On the issue of money he tells them to make sure and not let their fears allow finances to become their master. On every issue he speaks as someone with personal experience. He opens up about his own personal struggles and what the Lord has taught him through them all.
I really appreciated the subject matter of Nearing Home. If the older generation quits serving then the generations to follow have no example to follow and what a shame that would be. There is just something beautiful about an older Christian leading by example. It is something special that cannot be found elsewhere!
My only criticism of this book is that each chapter seemed to go on a little to long. The format was confusing. It would seem like a chapter was summing up to a conclusion and then there would be a whole segment more on the issue. I eventually found it hard to get through a chapter due to this frustrating format. Other readers may not find the same to be true. I will say the content of this book is much needed and I have a great deal of respect for the author for not only addressing the subject but for using his own life as an example.
Billy Graham writes with such love for Christ, and such encouragement for those who are ageing, and can't do all the things that they used to-he affirms that there is still such value and influence that can be passed on to others. Look ahead to what is to come-truly the best!!