HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Joy of Growing Old in Christ
Author: Dee Bowman
Publisher: Harwell/Lewis Publishing Company, 2019
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Everyone probably should read it, but it is especially intended for those over 50
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bowman, Dee. The Joy Of Growing Old In Christ (published in 2019 by Harwell/Lewis Publishing Company, P. O. Box 3385, Lakeland, FL 33802). This little book’s title captured my attention for three reasons. First, no matter what one’s age is, everybody is growing older. We often say that getting old isn’t for wimps, but consider that the alternative is not all that desirable either. Second, the author is my friend Dee Bowman, and anything that he writes is worth reading. And third, I just turned 65 earlier this year, so I am now officially considered a “senior citizen.” Of course, Dee is a little older than I am, perhaps by around twenty years, so he has a slight head start on me for wisdom. The nine short chapters provide a basis for finding joy in life as we grow older and offer suggestions on how to achieve that joy, even in the marriage relationship. Bowman writes, “When you are young, you go together; when you are old, you grow together. It’s as simple as that.”
The theme of the book is encapsulated by the following statement. “Aging often produces some limitations as to what a person might do. But aging does not mean that a person cannot do anything.”
Believe me, I know about the limitations. In just the last few years, I have been told that I am a diabetic, been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and undergone open heart surgery. As a result of these difficulties, I am simply not able to do some of the same things that I used to do. But I refuse to throw up my hands and quit. As I said in a recent report, I currently have no plans to “retire.” It is my intention to keep on preaching as long as the good Lord lets me be able and the good brethren at Elm Grove are willing to endure me. The Joy Of Growing Old In Christ encourages those of us who are older to keep on doing the best that we can with what we have. Thanks, brother Dee, I needed that.