Rich in Years
Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life
Why shouldn’t growing older be rewarding? Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped over a million readers through life’s challenges, wants us to rediscover the spiritual riches that age has to offer. Now in his seventies, Arnold finds himself personally facing the trials that come with aging. But he knows, from decades of pastoral experience, what older people and their caregivers can do to make the most of the journey. In this book, he shares stories of people who, in growing older, have found both peace and purpose.
Softcover, 183 pp., ISBN:978-0-87486-897-5
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In this gentle book, Christian elders are offered comfort, guidance, and hope for their last decades… Keen insights from friends, family, and others demonstrate that the passage of time can bring true wisdom to all… A welcome change from the flood of media attention on baby boomers uncomfortably hitting their mid-60s, this graceful field guide to life’s last journeys is deeply rooted in a love for Jesus and the Bible’s “good news.”
Rich in Years offers homespun advice to seniors. Arnold makes a countercultural call to live for others, practice forgiveness, and live – even as we grow frail – in the hope of eternity. He says that those who “have reached old age can be a source of wisdom, hope, and inspiration for others”…
Arnold upends the notion that aging should be combatted. Instead, he urges that it be recognized as part of a lifespan. And that indeed, there are joy, passion, friendship and purpose to be found even among the difficulties often encountered as one ages…
Richard J. Foster, author, Celebration of Discipline
Rich in Years is rich in wisdom, rich in courage, rich in hope. The people we meet in these pages and the stories they tell all build in us a confident assurance that God is with us every step of our journey.
Eugene H. Peterson, author and scholar, The Message Bible
A symphony of voices of men and women willing to talk about aging. The author weaves their stories together as a pastor who knows how to listen. There is much beauty here and not a trace of sentimentality.
Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO, Catholic Health Association of the United States
This book gently invites us to reflect on the gift of aging more than the challenge of aging, and reminds us in a wonderfully consoling way that we age in the care of our gracious God.
Alice von Hildebrand, professor emerita, Hunter College
This book is bound to enrich all who read it. Arnold squarely faces the challenges of old age, teaching us how they can become meaningful when seen in the light of eternity.