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Older Man Younger Man: A Love Story

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  70 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
"Older Man/Younger Man" is a memoir of the relationship between a middle-aged man and a man thirty years his junior, from their first meeting, through the challenges of living together across a wide age-gap, to a climactic confession of shame and regret, the terror of loss from a life-threatening disease—and, ultimately, the triumph of love. This is a passionate, bitterswe ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Createspace
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Eva Hunter
Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story is a book for everyone. Don't make the mistake of seeing it as gay genre, although it is an amazingly beautiful love story about two men. It is this, and so much more. Women will LOVE this story. Straight men will find the story provocative and thought-provoking. This book is a book about the state of being a human being; of being someone who loves and gives and wants to be loved.

Once a Catholic monk, Joseph Dispenza leaves the order to find his true nature a
Bruce Sarte
Jan 09, 2012 Bruce Sarte rated it it was amazing
Some words that come to mind when I think about Older Man Younger Man: A Love Story: Honest, Touching, Revealing, Genuine, Empowering. This book is all of these things and so much more.

Older Man Younger Man is nothing less than a compelling, honest and heartstring tugging love story. One of the greatest things about Dispenza’s style in this book is that you don’t feel like whom it is matters. There is no unnecessary flaunting of the fact that this is a homosexual relationship – it is a love stor
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This book is a memoir. This is one man's story from his point of view. A unique personal view. This story transcends time and space and gender. Dispenza does shares points in his life that are unique for a gay man but most of this story is a universal love story. Dispenza vividly recalls his life's ups and downs and records them for us to read and experience right along with him. Though I might not have the same story, I can relate to many of the same fears and tribulations Dispenza shared.

Meg Amor
Oct 02, 2014 Meg Amor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have just finished this book. I couldn't put it down. What an extraordinary story of deep love and beauty. I loved the way it was written in the two time periods and they were brought together by the author.

What a journey he and his husband Mike have been on. This is probably one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read.

I loved hearing about their healing processes and watching the emotional medicine of it unfold with each of them. I felt relief when they finally used progressive i
S.M. Johnson
Aug 23, 2012 S.M. Johnson rated it really liked it
Non-fiction memoirs aren't always my favorite choice, because they're often spare on the dreamy, poetic language that I appreciate. But Older Man/Younger Man is a bit of a compilation of 3 stories and 2 distinctly different writing styles.

I'll break down the 3 stories. 1) Joseph's life before Michael and the beginning of his relationship with Michael. 2) The recent past/present of Joseph and Michael's relationship. 3) The mystical, through-the-ages-concept that soul-mates have known one another
Jun 14, 2013 Asetwesir rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most heart-warming stories I have ever read.
It's really focus on romance and the meaning of true love, and that it doesn't matter how old you are love is love.

This a book you must read.
A pretty decent story. It portrays a real may-december relationship. 30-year age difference which is unsual and odd. Apparently, the relationship works for them. They have been together with each other for ten years. Both of them have some medical/health problems and help each other in that area. Using natural medicine instead of medical treatment did not make any sense to me. Also, it was very difficult for me to understand reasons(why) they have been attracted to each other in the first place ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok
Author Joseph Dispenza’s candid memoir, "Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story," invites the reader to witness first-hand the emotional and spiritual journey of his relationship with Dr. Mike Herbert, a man thirty years his junior.

Dispenza is a spiritual counselor who has written several books on the subject of personal growth and wellness. As a younger man, the author spent eight years in a monastery as a Catholic monk, an experience that helped shape and alter his perception of his place in the
Jun 25, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it
Older Man Younger Man was a free download from Amazon.
It is a journey on its own, its a mix of philosophy, spiritual search, religion, sexual identity.
I have to be honest and say that I skipped parts, at points was slow but always very insightful.
I marked as non-fiction, the author speaks of his life, as a healer and as a spiritual advisor.
After I finished reading the book I went searching for the Life Path website.
The book is about the Older Man, Joseph who falls in love with a Younger Man, Mik
Mar 15, 2012 Alina rated it it was amazing

"Have you ever been properly in love?" CNN host Piers Morgan's question is being asked quite often these days. Yet, to answer the question... properly, one may first have to define "proper love."
It sounds funny, right? But the few lucky enough to experience it may agree that proper love can be the kind that conquers all. Is that possible? Just ask author Joseph Dispenza.
Love is the protagonist in his memoir, Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story, which recounts the author's relationship with a m
Casee Marie
Sep 25, 2012 Casee Marie rated it really liked it
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My full review on Literary Inklings

his is, in all, a brave work not just in the context of the unconventionalities of the relationship, but in the selflessly honest voice with which Joseph welcomes the reader into the most personal part of himself. I was moved and endeared to the author by his courage in documenting what is surely the most intimate part of anyone’s life: one’s spirituality, sexuality, the acceptance and beauty of age, and the determined pursuit of happiness. When you take away a
Nancy Carbajal
Apr 16, 2014 Nancy Carbajal rated it it was amazing
Lovely. No sexual details, just a love story between two men who are thirty years apart. A reality story for our time...I loved it. I love it for it's real emotions and work that goes into a relationship and how the author shares his fears and dreams.
Laura of Lurking
Dec 10, 2013 Laura of Lurking rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this, following the track of a man when he was young, hiding from his sexuality, interspersed with his later life with a male partner. I felt this book made the genders in question unimportant, these were trials and worries, candidly laid out on the page before me, that we can all suffer.

In the relationship there were ups and downs, trials, triumphs, and a good deal of worry, no different t any other couple. The spirituality side at first threw me, but I felt by the end of t
A finely-crafted and poignant love story, and much more. Dispenza artfully looks at the mechanics of all relationships through the lens of his personal story: the trust, the doubts, the role and baggage of our personal histories, the insecurities and challenges that make our need to connect both human and flawed and necessary. As the reader follows the chronology of Dispenza's romance with a younger man, we are led into the archetypal, exploring the threads that weave our stories and connections ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Manuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, just wasn't in the mood to read all of it. The emotional parts of the Older Man, his entries in an imaginary diary where just not for me at that moment, but this is a book I will get back to, to read it from front to back with everything within. Very sweet, very guilt ridden considering of the time it is set in. Amazing interaction between the MCs.
Nov 01, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book. I enjoyed it.
May 24, 2012 Ekta rated it it was amazing
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“I would like to thank everyone who is mentioned in this book for being part of the story of our relationship, particularly Mike’s parents, Sharron and Bill Herbert. I am grateful, as well, to Toby Johnson for his insightful comments” 1 likes
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