Rich in Years (Paperback)

Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life

By Johann Christoph Arnold, Sean O'Malley (Foreword by)

Plough Publishing House, 9780874868975, 183pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2014

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Compact Disc (1/2/2014)
Paperback, Spanish (5/25/2014)

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Johann Christoph Arnold, admired by such prominent spiritual and inspirational leaders as Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Cardinal Dolan, Pete Seeger, and many more, offers answers to the question: Why shouldn't growing older be rewarding?

Arnold, whose books have helped over a million readers through life's challenges, shows us the spiritual riches that age has to offer. Now in his seventies, Arnold finds himself personally facing the challenges of aging with grace.

With a foreword by Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Rich in Years covers the significant topics facing the aging, the elderly, and their family and caregivers: accepting changes, combatting loneliness, and continuing on with purpose and hope. Going beyond mere inspiration, Arnold does not shy away from such difficult topics as coping with dementia, the prospect of dying, and enduring with dignity. Through faith and a true spirituality, he says, we can find acceptance and serenity.

Johann Christoph Arnold knows, from decades of pastoral experience, what older people and their caregivers can do to make the most of the journey of aging. In this book, he shares stories of people who, in growing older, have found both peace and purpose. Praising Rich in Years, Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, writes, In simple language, Arnold gives hope-filled insights into the trials of aging for people of all ages. Pastor Arnold's book challenges those rich in years to also remain rich in faith.

Praise For Rich in Years: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life

This gentle book [offers] comfort, guidance, and hope. With faith in God, Arnold argues, peace, joy, and new purpose are indeed possible, even in the face of devastating losses, mental decline, regrets, and loss of independence. Keen insights from friends, family, and others demonstrate that the passage of time can bring true wisdom to all, not only to famous spiritual leaders.…This graceful field guide to life’s last journeys is deeply rooted in a love for Jesus and the Bible’s “good news.”

-– Publishers Weekly

In this compact yet compelling book, Johann Christoph Arnold brings the reader a wealth of personal stories about growing older - a time when opportunities flourish for living with purpose in union with Jesus. In simple language, he gives hope-filled insights into the trials of aging for people of all ages. Pastor Arnold's book challenges those rich in years to also remain rich in faith.

--Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

On these pages are wonderful words of hope. Savor them. As I sing in a recent song, What we do now, you and me, will affect eternity - God's counting on me, God's counting on you.

--Pete Seeger, musician

Using profound and stimulating stories, Johann Christoph Arnold welcomes us into an elegant fabric of elderly life, abundant with significance and relationships. I know you will find this book spiritually enriching.

--Marva J. Dawn, author, Being Well When We're Ill

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.

--Eugene H. Peterson, author and scholar, The Message Bible

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.

--Alice von Hildebrand, professor emerita, Hunter College

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.

--Richard J. Foster - author, Celebration of Discipline