In short chapters with titles like “Regret,” “Freedom,” “Possibility” and “Limitation,” Chittister considers the challenges and mysteries of aging. Her goal is to prompt meditation and lead readers to explore their own experiences of joy and loss, rather than offer lessons in growing older. Each chapter ends by balancing the burden and the blessing of aging. “A burden of these years is the possibility that we might succumb to our limitations,” Chittister says. “A blessing is that we know at last what really matters.”


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