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Title:
Winter's graces : the surprising gifts of later life
ISBN:
9781631523793
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2018.
Physical Description:
324 pages ; 23 cm
Contents:
The grace of authenticity -- The grace of self-transcending generosity -- The grace of courage -- The grace of creativity -- The grace of contentment -- The grace of compassion -- The grace of necessary fierceness -- The grace of simplicity -- The grace of remembrance -- The grace of agelessness -- The grace of wisdom.
Summary:
"Filled with unexpected good news about growing older, Winter's Graces highlights eleven qualities that ripen with age--including audacious authenticity, creative ingenuity, necessary fierceness, self-transcending generosity, and a growing capacity to savor life and to ride its ups and downs with humor and grace. Decades of research have established that the catastrophic conditions often associated with late life, such as severe dementia and debilitating frailty, are the exception, not the rule. Still, the mistaken idea that aging equals devastating decline persists, causing enormous and unnecessary suffering, especially for women. Drawing on decades of experience as a psychology professor and psychotherapist, Susan Stewart, PhD, weaves together inspiring folk stories that illustrate the graces of winter and recent research that validates them, along with a wealth of user-friendly tools and practices for amplifying these graces and bringing them to life. Written primarily for women over 50 seeking good news about growing older, Winter's Graces offers adults of all ages a compelling vision of aging that celebrates its many gifts, acknowledges its challenges, and reveals how the last season of life can be the most fulfilling of all."--Amazon.com.
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Filled with unexpected good news about growing older, Winter's Graces highlights eleven qualities that ripen with age--including audacious authenticity, creative ingenuity, necessary fierceness, self-transcending generosity, and a growing capacity to savor life and to ride its ups and downs with humor and grace.Decades of research have established that the catastrophic conditions often associated with late life, such as severe dementia and debilitating frailty, are the exception, not the rule. Still, the mistaken idea that aging equals devastating decline persists, causing enormous and unnecessary suffering, especially for women. Drawing on decades of experience as a psychology professor and psychotherapist, Susan Stewart, PhD, weaves together inspiring folk stories that illustrate the graces of winter and recent research that validates them, along with a wealth of user-friendly tools and practices for amplifying these graces and bringing them to life. Written primarily for women over 50 seeking good news about growing older, Winter's Graces offers adults of all ages a compelling vision of aging that celebrates its many gifts, acknowledges its challenges, and reveals how the last season of life can be the most fulfilling of all.


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Booklist Review

In her thoughtful, inspirational look at aging, Stewart, an educator and therapist, uses folklore and professional insights to explore the 11 graces that bring fulfillment to our later years. She begins each chapter by describing the characteristics of the grace, sharing a folktale that illustrates the trait, then listing questions to ponder, along with her own reflections on the story. In "Authenticity," she writes about being at home in our own skin; in "Self-Transcending Generosity," she touts human interconnectedness. In "Courage," she describes integrity in the face of fear; in "Creativity," she encourages a return to playfulness. In "Contentment," Stewart talks of mellowing emotions; "Compassion" involves openheartedness. In Necessary Fierceness, she urges ferociousness when needed; in "Simplicity," she counsels letting go. In "Remembrance," she addresses coming to terms with life; in "Agelessness," she celebrates our not being defined by age. And, finally, in "Wisdom," she brings the graces together. Each chapter concludes with a list of books that further explore the theme. This beautifully written treatment of aging is suitable for both private contemplation and small study groups.--Candace Smith Copyright 2019 Booklist


Library Journal Review

In rebuttal to all the negative press about the adversities of aging, psychotherapist Stewart focuses on the many encouraging trends among older people, such as increased self-acceptance and tolerance toward others and the ability to ride life's ups and downs with equanimity and humor. Intended as a celebration of late-life adulthood and of older women, this work zeroes in on the gifts, or graces, that can accompany this period. The author points to audacious authenticity, necessary fierceness, and self-transcending generosity, describing all in detail and how readers can refine and develop these traits. VERDICT A joyous, optimistic addition to works about aging. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.