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Book: The Winter of Life: Redeeming the Time
Author: Sewell Hall
Cover Designer: Bethany Hubartt
Publisher: Mount Bethel Publishing, 2019
Related website(s): http://www.MountBethelPublishing.com
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: Suitable for anyone but intended for senior citizens
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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Hall, Sewell. The Winter of Life: Redeeming the Time (Published in 2019 by Mount Bethel Publishing, P. O. Box 123, Port Murray, NJ 07865). “Lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12). I consider the author, formally Mr. Gardner Sewell Hall Jr., a good friend. His son and I were in college together. A gospel preacher for many years, Sewell himself is in his nineties and so is well qualified to address from a Biblical standpoint the topic of growing older and how to deal with the problems that advanced age can bring. There are thirteen chapters in the book. Chapter 1 begins, “Old age has been called the winter of life. Why? Most obviously, I suppose, because of the idea that old age comes at the end of life just as winter comes at the end of the year.”
After this opening chapter that discusses in general both the blessings and adversities of old age, with a look at some wrong ways and the right way to cope, eleven more chapters explore the lives of twelve aged saints who appear in Scriptures to discover suggestions for “redeeming the time”—Noah, Jacob, Moses, Caleb, Naomi, David, Barzillai, Jeremiah, Daniel, Simeon, Anna, and Paul. The closing chapter is about “Hope.” The Winter of Life describes situations that Christians face in their senior years and is a wonderful book on how God’s people should handle growing old. The author’s conclusion is that these can be years of renewal rather than retreat. Each chapter includes questions for thought or discussion, so it would be suitable for either individual study or use in classes.