A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life
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A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life

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We live in a culture that tells us there are few things worse than aging, that we should avoid aging at all costs, and that we must shun death. And yet, no matter how much money we spend on health supplements, no matter how many gurus we consult, the fact remains unchanged: We will grow old.

In A Season of Mystery, 60-year-old Paula Huston—a grandmother, and also a caretake...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Loyola Press
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A few months ago, as my new pregnancy companion book was launching, my mother-in-law approached me and made a request she’s never made of me.

She asked me to write a book.

It’s hard entering the second half of life, she explained. Her kids are all adults, and some of her grandkids have started having babies.

She feels unprepared. She feels unsure. She feels like having a book to walk with her would be helpful at the very least.

I agreed.

But I didn’t think I was the person to write it. For one thing,...more
Julie Davis
Transcending the endless cycle of want-satisfaction also gets us ready for death and what follows. My friend Betty, age eighty-five, sums it up like this: "Getting old is about preparing for the next life. But nobody these days is thinking about that anymore." ...

So how shall we face old age and dying? We can set aside the comforting myths that tell us we can indefinitely postpone what's coming next. We can cease the frantic efforts to achieve all our unfulfilled goals before we die. Then we can
Dottie Parish
I purchased this book after reading a prior very profound book by the same author titled Forgiveness. This one is also excellent though quite different. Huston reveals more of her own background prior to returning to her Catholic faith and then becoming an oblate. She struggles now with the issues of aging and tells how we can avoid becoming a crotchety old person. The disciplines she describes include practices helpful to all: listening, delighting, lightening, settling, confronting, accepting,...more
Ten practices which encourage not just a 'happier' second half of life, but developing spiritual maturity. Paula Huston is a fabulous writer, and her spirituality is perceptive and rich. Among the spiritual tasks for the second half of life that she identifies are: Listening, Accepting, Confronting, and Blessing.
I got this off of a friend's to-read list, with a vague interest in reading about life after 50. Ended up skimming it, finding it very heavy on lives of saints (it’s published by Jesuit Press, after all) and only a couple of insights. A little validating to read that yes, other people are mystified by the fact of knowing more and more dead people and by the mountain of stuff rotating through their lives – parents' stuff, grandparents' stuff, piling up in every corner of my small house and I can'...more
As always, Huston is a clear and often lyrical storytelling, illuminating a spiritual practice through her own journey. Terrific reflection questions for each section are included at the end of the book, designed for small spiritual groups and spiritual direction. Each of us has to determine where the second half of life falls -- for some of us are aging more quickly, as our bodies give out faster than others -- yet these are good practices for life-long cultivation, too. So rather than worrying...more
interesting, thought provoking.
I found this book beautifully written and thought-provoking. It's not just for an older person to read, but really anyone reflecting on what "the second half of life" holds. It's appropriate for both men and women.

I reviewed "A Season of Mysetery" in my monthly column for The Catholic Post:


Highly recommended.
We are going to die. Period. No amount of anything is going to stop that. This book reminds people to spiritually prepare for dying.
Very good and practical ideas...ways we can make our life more enjoyable and more productive. Pleasant read.
Refreshing look at the major benefit of aging--increasing in wisdom!
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