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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
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Loyola Press
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Becky
May 06, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
I used this book as part of a daily spiritual practice wherein I read, meditate and then journal. I am aging and going through the adjustments related to a retirement from ministry. I appreciated the steps or perhaps stages that one moves through as one accepts aging. The section on 'Listening' for me was excellent in that I often do not listen to myself, my soul. The last chapter on Blessings - well it brought to mind all the blessings in my life and my gratitude and love for my aunt who has be ...more
Sarah
Jan 05, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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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,
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Julie Davis
Dec 31, 2012 Julie Davis rated it really liked it
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
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Dottie Parish
Jun 29, 2013 Dottie Parish rated it really liked it
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
Diane
May 15, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
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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.
Lee Ann
Feb 28, 2015 Lee Ann rated it really liked it
Very inspiring to me during Lent. Especially because the author left an upwardly mobile life behind to become a spiritual writer. Wonderful anecdotes mixed together with insights, will probably be a future book study selection at church (for us older folks).
Kristine
Dec 15, 2013 Kristine rated it it was ok
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
Naomi
Dec 18, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it
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
Karen
Apr 01, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
interesting, thought provoking.
Nancy
May 20, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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:

http://readingcatholic.com/785/

Highly recommended.
Sandy
Aug 18, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
We are going to die. Period. No amount of anything is going to stop that. This book reminds people to spiritually prepare for dying.
Mary
Dec 03, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Very good and practical ideas...ways we can make our life more enjoyable and more productive. Pleasant read.
Bridget
Jan 20, 2014 Bridget rated it really liked it
Refreshing look at the major benefit of aging--increasing in wisdom!
Jane
Mar 02, 2013 Jane rated it it was ok
Nothing new here.
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