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Aging with Grace by the Power of the Gospel Whatever season of life you're in, God has equipped you to flourish--to live in the transforming power and beauty of his grace. As we age, we can easily lose sight of this message as cultural ideals glorifying youth take center stage. In this book, Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt offer present-day and biblical examples of women wh Aging with Grace by the Power of the Gospel Whatever season of life you're in, God has equipped you to flourish--to live in the transforming power and beauty of his grace. As we age, we can easily lose sight of this message as cultural ideals glorifying youth take center stage. In this book, Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt offer present-day and biblical examples of women who rediscovered gospel-rooted joy later in their lives. Equipped with a biblical view of aging, Aging with Grace will help you encounter afresh the gospel that "is big enough, good enough, and powerful enough to make every season of life significant and glorious."


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Aging with Grace by the Power of the Gospel Whatever season of life you're in, God has equipped you to flourish--to live in the transforming power and beauty of his grace. As we age, we can easily lose sight of this message as cultural ideals glorifying youth take center stage. In this book, Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt offer present-day and biblical examples of women wh Aging with Grace by the Power of the Gospel Whatever season of life you're in, God has equipped you to flourish--to live in the transforming power and beauty of his grace. As we age, we can easily lose sight of this message as cultural ideals glorifying youth take center stage. In this book, Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt offer present-day and biblical examples of women who rediscovered gospel-rooted joy later in their lives. Equipped with a biblical view of aging, Aging with Grace will help you encounter afresh the gospel that "is big enough, good enough, and powerful enough to make every season of life significant and glorious."

53 review for Aging with Grace: Flourishing in an Anti-Aging Culture

  1. 4 out of 5

    Glenna

    As a woman on the cusp of her 40’s, I’ve harbored a secret fear of aging. More than the changes of my physical appearance, I’ve feared becoming obsolete as I age. What kind of impact can I have on the kingdom of God when my body is worn down and I can’t run the race as quickly as I used to? I read Aging with Grace with a lot of tears and thankfulness as my fears were turned to praise. Sharon and Susan address the realities of aging with biblical encouragement to fix our gaze on our timeless God As a woman on the cusp of her 40’s, I’ve harbored a secret fear of aging. More than the changes of my physical appearance, I’ve feared becoming obsolete as I age. What kind of impact can I have on the kingdom of God when my body is worn down and I can’t run the race as quickly as I used to? I read Aging with Grace with a lot of tears and thankfulness as my fears were turned to praise. Sharon and Susan address the realities of aging with biblical encouragement to fix our gaze on our timeless God who will finish the work He started in us. Because God is faithful, our growth in Christ will continue as we age. This is a book I will return to over and over again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Lieder

    As I closed this book, I’m not sure if the tears streaming down were because of all the stories of faithful women who have finished well or the hope that it is possible to finish well or seeing God’s kindness even in suffering. My faith was strengthened reading about a God who sees us even as we grow old, weak, and others stop seeing us. I may still be in my mid-thirties, but I encourage women of every age to pick up this book and read it, then reread it as you grow older. Hunt and Betters did a As I closed this book, I’m not sure if the tears streaming down were because of all the stories of faithful women who have finished well or the hope that it is possible to finish well or seeing God’s kindness even in suffering. My faith was strengthened reading about a God who sees us even as we grow old, weak, and others stop seeing us. I may still be in my mid-thirties, but I encourage women of every age to pick up this book and read it, then reread it as you grow older. Hunt and Betters did a great job of making it an easy read with lots of real-life stories of those who have gone before us as well as Biblical models of older women who loved the Lord. It is actually doable to not become a bitter old lady! The book has study questions at the end of each chapter, so great to read with other women. Super easy to read, helpful, and challenging. I'm thankful for having older women to write a book like this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Tue worship puts character into our lives, humility into our bearing, strength and confidence into our witness... Let us learn to worship God, with the faithfulness and joy. This text is so gospel saturated that reading would bless anyone. That is the high bar of Christian books for me. Especially if they are designated for a special group as this one. Young women, married women, single women can gleam from this text along with any man. The purpose is outlined in the beginning that life doesn't Tue worship puts character into our lives, humility into our bearing, strength and confidence into our witness... Let us learn to worship God, with the faithfulness and joy. This text is so gospel saturated that reading would bless anyone. That is the high bar of Christian books for me. Especially if they are designated for a special group as this one. Young women, married women, single women can gleam from this text along with any man. The purpose is outlined in the beginning that life doesn't not end when we are on the 2nd half of living. When our bodies and minds start to breakdown, we can still be used by God by living in his grace. Each chapter brings a story of such women that have left legacy and with overwhelming circumstances continue looking to Christ. God has created us to flourish with joy and in His grace. This text will bless you and keep you in His loving care. Highly recommend. A special thank you to Crossway Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber Thiessen

    To help guide our perspective on aging, Sharon Betters and Susan Hunt write, “Aging with Grace: Flourishing in an Angi-Aging Culture.” In 8 chapters, they share their own stories with vulnerability, along with those of other women, and women of the Bible, teaching us to think through what Scripture teaches about aging. They tell us that, “aging with grace, or what the Bible calls growing in grace, is impossible apart from God’s grace.” This book is “not a list of ideas to become a gracious older w To help guide our perspective on aging, Sharon Betters and Susan Hunt write, “Aging with Grace: Flourishing in an Angi-Aging Culture.” In 8 chapters, they share their own stories with vulnerability, along with those of other women, and women of the Bible, teaching us to think through what Scripture teaches about aging. They tell us that, “aging with grace, or what the Bible calls growing in grace, is impossible apart from God’s grace.” This book is “not a list of ideas to become a gracious older woman. It’s about the life-long adventure of God giving his children the desire and ability to do all things – even aging with grace – through him who strengthens us.” When we face illness, the new role of caregiving, and shifts in how we serve the Lord, we learn that just as before, the gospel is before us, inviting us to traverse the depths of scripture to discover our purpose and identity, for “there are many things we can no longer do as we age, but age does not keep us from fulfilling our purpose to glorify and enjoy God.” This is no skin deep issue, it's a matter of the heart. They encourage us that, “this is not wasted time. It is growing time, because my physical weakness and pain push me to trust Jesus more.” Our resolve and trust in the Lord can grow as we face weakness and change. We may feel like our suffering doesn't have a purpose, but it puts us closer to the feet of Jesus. “Old age, when life becomes quieter and slower, is prime time to reflect on the power of the gospel to change us. It is also a time when we are tempted to think small – to think about our aches and pains, our disappointments and unrealized expectations. Will we be good stewards of our old age? Even as physical strength diminishes, will we pursue our destiny – knowing God? We are never too old to look up and be transformed from beast to beauty, without Botox or anti-aging cream.” I love that! We are never too old to be transformed, never too old to pursue our destiny of knowing him more, never too old to grow in the beauty of our Savior! This is an important book for Christian women, to help us assess what we believe about age, beauty and purpose in a world that gives us all manner of other definitions; rooting ourselves in the Word is the place we can find the answer. This book helps us to do that. In the same way, after you've put your pickles through the canner, you don’t eat them the next day, you leave them in the pantry to sit for a few months, because they taste better after time. We get older each day, but every one is filled with new mercies from the Lord, new steps of obedience to take, and new ways to grow, by grace, in love and faithfulness. If you are a woman curious about what it means to flourish with age, this one is for you! I give it 5 stars! “It is at the end of life, not only at the beginning, that Christians are most different from the rest of the world. Then the true beauty of a woman, the true character of a man, is seen for what it really is.” May the Lord give us courage as we age, to continue becoming women who glorify and enjoy him. *Thank you to Netgalley and Crossway for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Weston

    With no children of my own, one thing I think about often is what life will look like as I age and become more dependent on others for survival. As a very independent woman, who’s gifted in helping others, and enjoys helping others, accepting help is hard for me. This book is very Biblically based, and full of examples in scripture of women who have kept God as their companion. And it is brought home over and over again in this book that no matter what, you can find purpose in Christ alone as th With no children of my own, one thing I think about often is what life will look like as I age and become more dependent on others for survival. As a very independent woman, who’s gifted in helping others, and enjoys helping others, accepting help is hard for me. This book is very Biblically based, and full of examples in scripture of women who have kept God as their companion. And it is brought home over and over again in this book that no matter what, you can find purpose in Christ alone as there “is always more grace to experience and more to know of Christ’s love.” And this one statement directly from the book pretty much sums up what to expect from this book. “The purpose of this book is not to share clever strategies that will equip you to become a better, older version of yourself. Instead, it’s about what God is committed to do in the lives of his justified ones – women just like you. It’s about reversals he accomplishes by his grace.” I feel this book is written more in the line of a commentary than anything. There are some personal insights from the authors and also from others the authors know. So if you are looking for a book full of tips and tricks on how to grow old gracefully, this isn’t the book for you. But if you are interested in learning about historical Biblical people and how God used them as they aged, and how He used them to affect the people around them as well as future generations, read this book. And if you want to learn about the choice you have as a child of God, to become a spirit lifter and not a grouch, read this book. I am giving this book 4 stars because I had issues at the very beginning of the book, the first chapter or so. It was confusing at times and seemed to jump around from thought to thought a lot. I am not sure if this was just an issue with the kindle version of this book or just me getting in tune with how the book was structured. This book didn't take long to read, but I read it as a book and not a Bible study book. If read as a Bible study, it would take longer to really dwell on the topics and answer the great questions at the end of each chapter. All in all, this was a great book, and I would recommend this to others.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Aging with Grace by Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt was such a timely book for me and I'm so thankful to have started the new year off with this book. With the honest realization that I've got more years on the back end than I do on the front end, this book was such an encouragement in how to view the future as I desire to live my days for Christ. The authors' quote Tim Keller who says, "Our character and daily life are shaped by what we believe about our future." And I would add to that how we Aging with Grace by Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt was such a timely book for me and I'm so thankful to have started the new year off with this book. With the honest realization that I've got more years on the back end than I do on the front end, this book was such an encouragement in how to view the future as I desire to live my days for Christ. The authors' quote Tim Keller who says, "Our character and daily life are shaped by what we believe about our future." And I would add to that how we think that God can use us as our energetic younger years are starting to fade away. Obviously, there is still a lot going on in our home, but things are shifting as I no longer have babies, or even young elementary students anymore. The first one will graduated high school in about 18 months and I'm closer to an empty nest than a full one. How do I see myself in those years and my relationship with the Lord? And, if 2020 has taught us nothing else, life is hard and it is going to stay that way no matter the date on the calendar. And as years pass, there will be even more sickness, relationship trouble, and dreams that don't pan out like I think they should. In those moments, how will I handle them? Will I be bitter and resent the circumstances of those years or trusting and abiding in the one walking through them with me? "We have all experienced some form of barrenness in our relationships and situations, those times where grief or disappointment cut a devastating swath of death through our lives. Those times are our opportunities to cling in hope to the promise that God can do the impossible and make our patched lives flourish." (p. 125-6) Only the Lord can sustain and even in those aging years. He does not forget his own. "When a rope of many strands is used to pull a heavy load, the weight of the load stretches the strings, pulling them tighter together. The harder the job, the more tightly would the strings become. Wait is an action word. Isaiah explains that waiting with hope, a sometimes exhausting journey, means twisting, ourselves around the Lord and binding ourselves to him." (p. 117) Whether I am waiting for situations to resolve, for answered prayer, for renewed health for loved ones, or for Christ to return, I want to be like that rope, tightly wrapped around the Lord in those circumstances.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen McG

    In a world that worships beauty and youth, it’s tough to even admit we are getting older. We are made to feel that becoming older takes away from who we are and that we are no longer wanted. “Aging with Grace” is a breath of fresh air. It was a comfort hearing from older women who have gone through the good and bad of life and still stand tall in their faith and embrace their age. Authors Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt teach us that our first purpose is to worship God and then take care of oth In a world that worships beauty and youth, it’s tough to even admit we are getting older. We are made to feel that becoming older takes away from who we are and that we are no longer wanted. “Aging with Grace” is a breath of fresh air. It was a comfort hearing from older women who have gone through the good and bad of life and still stand tall in their faith and embrace their age. Authors Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt teach us that our first purpose is to worship God and then take care of others to glorify Him. Some of us are blessed to live long full lives, but shining our light for others should be our goal. These woman became my mentors, letting me see their grateful, happy attitudes and kind hearts. As a woman in her 40s, and somewhat fearful of the aging process and lost dreams, I am reminded that God still wants me to be fruitful and dream at any age. Your purpose isn’t over once you hit a certain age. God has a plan, He has relationships for you to grow, people to care for, and a legacy to leave. No amount of makeup, hair products or clothes can help you find who you are. You are who you are in Christ. He is our love, hope, strength and salvation. He makes us new every single day and that is better than any fountain of youth! The trials, storms, and heartaches of life can either make us bitter unable to bear fruit for future generations or we can decide to flourish showing that all things God will make good. Reading in this book about women of the Bible and stories of every day women will inspire you to know that you can make it through. Keep trusting, keep flourishing, keep loving, keep praying and most importantly keep worshipping and God will use your entire story. ( I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for my honest review. Thank you #Crossway !) #AgingwithGrace #netgalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Flora

    The authors themselves make sure the readers know that this is not a book about strategies and methods on how to live life when we are older. It is more about how God sees us who are older and how he will see us through the road ahead, not just surviving but also thriving and flourishing. We go through several relevant passages in the Bible, learning from biblical women as well as hearing stories from the authors and other contributors. I felt the warmth and kindness from the authors and could hea The authors themselves make sure the readers know that this is not a book about strategies and methods on how to live life when we are older. It is more about how God sees us who are older and how he will see us through the road ahead, not just surviving but also thriving and flourishing. We go through several relevant passages in the Bible, learning from biblical women as well as hearing stories from the authors and other contributors. I felt the warmth and kindness from the authors and could hear their voices of wisdom and experience. Perhaps because we live in such unusual times with the pandemic causing a lot of havoc, I found many of the stories shared in the book somewhat depressing and had to put the book down many times and opt for more cheerful reading. I did not want to be reminded that there will definitely be more rough bumps on the road ahead. So, not a book for me for the time being. But when things get better, maybe I will pick it up again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

    What a blessing it is to hear from the older generations about what aging gracefully has meant to them. I really appreciated the multiple perspectives, the personal stories showing both good and hard things, and the continual return to Scripture. This book is written to Christian women of any age. A note on one detail: Although I am not Presbyterian, I value their perspective as fellow believers in Christ. With that in mind the continual reference to covenant theology was repetitive enough to dr What a blessing it is to hear from the older generations about what aging gracefully has meant to them. I really appreciated the multiple perspectives, the personal stories showing both good and hard things, and the continual return to Scripture. This book is written to Christian women of any age. A note on one detail: Although I am not Presbyterian, I value their perspective as fellow believers in Christ. With that in mind the continual reference to covenant theology was repetitive enough to draw my attention as I read. It did not detract from the main message of the book but is worth mentioning for other non-covenantal readers. I will leave you with this quote, "The purpose of this book is not to share clever strategies that will equip you to become a better, older version of yourself. Instead, it's about what God is committed to do in the lives of his justified ones--women just like you. It's about the reversals he accomplishes by his grace."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Reyna

    I absolutely love Susan Hunt, I didn´t know Sharon till this book and you will love her too. To be old is forbidden in our culture, that is why I find this book so relatable. When I was young I used to long for old ladies in my life, but none of them wanted to be or to look "old" I promised myself I was going to give that gift to my generation and me. I want them to look at me and find a woman who thanks God for her age and her looks. This book is full of wisdom and I wish many women would be ab I absolutely love Susan Hunt, I didn´t know Sharon till this book and you will love her too. To be old is forbidden in our culture, that is why I find this book so relatable. When I was young I used to long for old ladies in my life, but none of them wanted to be or to look "old" I promised myself I was going to give that gift to my generation and me. I want them to look at me and find a woman who thanks God for her age and her looks. This book is full of wisdom and I wish many women would be able to read it and be encouraged by this message. It gives me hope to know that this resource is out there to bless many. I really like Crossway and their content. I wish I could meet these ladies and give them a great hug I kind of need it so much. I´ve read all of Susan Hunt´s books and I couldn´t miss this one. My prayer is to be at least a little bit like these wise ladies when I get older.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    In their new book, “Aging with Grace: Flourishing in an Anti-Aging Culture,”Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt create a solid and informative backdrop for their beautiful love letter to the Lord. Biblically based text, combined with spiritual anecdotes and real stories of those aging gracefully, create a helpful and earnest guide for those of us entering the golden years. Thank you ladies for sharing your stories and holding our hands as we enter these glorious days ahead.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Brown

    Such Timely Wisdom I am fifty-one and want to be a woman who is growing and flourishing toward old age in an anti-aging culture. This book is full of wealth and wisdom for growing into wise, godly older women focused more on the inner beauty of godly and holy characteristics and growing deep roots in our relationship with God.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaymee Pilarta

    As counterintuitive as it sounds, flourishing is a slow and progressive death that brings abundant life.

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