My son rolled his eyes in disdain as he vented his outrage. “Doesn’t she know she’s a grown up? There’s nothing cool about an old person trying to act like a kid!”
Leave it to youth to give us the straight and unvarnished story.
We’ve all witnessed the desperate measures of the middle-aged, stuck in the past and refusing to move on. Jesus’s half-brother Jude wrote compellingly and ominously about “late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots,” a disappointment in their barrenness. In fruit trees and in human beings, there’s an expectation that fruit should arrive in season, a sense that the passing of time should not be wasted. Since I have to grow old anyway, I want to deliver a bountiful crop in the process!
Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality in Midlife
Michelle Van Loon has spent over a decade thinking and writing about the feasting and the fasting, the challenges and the rewards of the second half of life, and has observed that “chronological age does not automatically translate into spiritual maturity.” Becoming Sage: Cultivating Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality in Midlife is her response to autumn fruitlessness, but even more, it’s a call to put down deep roots in the truth, to cultivate meaning, purpose, and spirituality in midlife. At a time when the temptation is strong to put ourselves out to pasture, Becoming Sage is a field guide for breaking up our fallow ground and pressing into true biblical maturity through a healthy relationship with God, his church, our families, our friends, and ourselves.
It’s a great gift to be able to share Michelle’s good work at The Perennial Gen’s website. As she launches this book into the world TODAY, thank you for praying for its impact and influence in the lives of men and women who are in or approaching the second half of life–and I hope you’ll join me over at The Perennial Gen to continue reading more about Becoming Sage.
Many thanks to Moody Publishers for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
Grace and peace to you,
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