Nearing Home written by Billy Graham, published by Thomas Nelson Inc., 2011.
Do you ever think about when or how your life will end? What about this idea: How often do you think about finishing your life well? That is exactly what this book is about. Famed evangelist Billy Graham shares his thoughts on aging and nearing the time when he will pass from his earthly home to his heavenly home.
At the age of 93 years, Graham continues his ministry by sharing the trials and opportunities of advanced age. There are everyday challenges that come with diminished physical abilities. There are emotional issues as friends and family members become seriously ill or die. Yet, Rev. Graham keeps readers looking forward. He reminds us that the best is yet to come and each day that goes by brings us closer to that best.
As one would expect, there are many biblical references throughout the book. What I really enjoyed was the way those ancient stories are interwined with human experiences of today. Graham talks about what he learned from his wife about dying well, as he watched her suffer with dignity and humor. Graham talks about the joys and responsibility of grandparenting. He provides ideas for retirement planning; planning to live an active life filled with hope. He also discusses the very real struggles of aging; diminishing skills, fearfulness, depression.
The stories are told and lessons are offered as if author and reader are sitting across the kitchen table, engaging in conversation over a cup of coffee. I could hear the quiet voice of wisdom from a man sharing what his life and faith have taught him.
Chapter seven begins with this quote:
Wise counsel to the young is the duty of the aged. -unknown
If that is the case, Reverend Graham has fulfilled his duty, and then some.
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