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.
Missy gives an overview of the book:
Missy Buchanan is the author of Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults (Upper Room Books) and also writes a monthly column, Aging Well, for the United Methodist Reporter. She is a popular speaker on topics of aging and faith, also...