Tuesday, May 16, 2017

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? by Jennifer Grant

Midlife is a period of transition. It can be a troubled time or one full of opportunity. Grant shares her thoughts on her experiences and the lessons she has learned. Some of her stories are about ordinary events while others are life altering.

I enjoyed Grant's thoughts on getting old. I could identify with many of her examples and emotions. Midlife is a crazy time for many women and reading her stories helps us know what we are experiencing is not so abnormal. Her insights are good and range from marriage and parenting issues to the danger of comparing ourselves with others.

My favorite part of her book was actually the beginning where she explores the whole concept of memories. She reminds us we are not merely the sum of our life events. Memories help us see how we've grown and help us appreciate the blessings we have today that we might otherwise overlook.

A note for evangelical readers: Grant is uncomfortable with the concept of God sending some to heaven and others to hell. “I am hopeful that all things and all of humankind and all of creation will ultimately be renewed by, and reconciled to, God.” (Loc. 1921/2194)

I recommend this book to readers who are looking for some insight into the experience of midlife. You'll have a few laughs and get some help in making it through this time of transition.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Jennifer Grant is a writer, editor and speaker. A former health and family columnist for the Chicago Tribune, she is the author of five previous books. She is a graduate of Wheaton College and Southern Methodist University. She is a longtime member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and lives in the Chicago area with her husband and their four children. You can find out more at http://www.jennifergrant.com/.

Herald Press, 192 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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