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Rich in Years: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Why shouldn’t growing older be rewarding?

Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped over a million readers through life’s challenges, wants us to rediscover the spiritual riches that age has to offer.

Now in his seventies, Arnold finds himself personally facing the trials that come with aging. But he knows, from decades of pastoral experience, what older people and t
Paperback, First edition, 183 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by The Plough Publishing House
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Sharon Huether
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, aging
A series of authors share their thoughts of aging with God's care and the enrichment of humor in our daily lives.

These stories help us to know that God is always with us and how to encourage the older community.

Aging is a normal life process, giving hope to families and caregivers
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Blessings of Growing Old

Old age doesn't have to be a frightening time. Many people as they age experience health problems, loss of loved ones, and loneliness. However, as Arnold points out, there are many ways to make a difference and fill your life with purpose. Even for the old, life can be rewarding.

The book is organized around a series of stories about how seniors handle the problems of aging. Arnold challenges us as we get older to become more joyful. Loss of independence, disease and
Linda B
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rich in Years, Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life is another wonderful book from Plough Publishing. Getting older is not an easy process, and we often confront fear, disappointment, and physical and mental changes. The author uses life experiences and the experiences of others to offer advice and encouragement as we face some of these life changes.

I would say this book is primarily for Christians, and although I didn't agree with every doctrinal statement in this book, I appreciated the a
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this book for free at Joy Delight (a roadside stand in the mountains where we enjoy getting ice cream) a few years ago. It is written by a Bruderhof Pastor. It is an encouraging reminder of the value of growing old and the valuable place Seniors have in society.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this book would be better suited to someone of retirement age. Lots of positive stories in there but I did not relate to many of them.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
There was much to appreciate in this little book. It addressed many of the fears, hopes, and struggles people who are both elderly and Christian face. Yet, to my surprise, I as an able bodied 28 year old also resonated with many of the themes in this book. It’s a book that calls its readers to embrace what is truly important in life and be honest about what truly scares us. I struggled with the author’s negative views toward nursing homes and care facilities, but overall thought it was a worthwh ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Why shouldn’t growing older be rewarding?

Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped over a million readers through life’s challenges, wants us to rediscover the spiritual riches that age has to offer.

Now in his seventies, Arnold finds himself personally facing the trials that come with aging. But he knows, from decades of pastoral experience, what older people and their caregivers can do to make the journey more fulfilling.

So what’s the secret of those who continue to love life regardless
Peter Holford
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I've read a few of JC Arnold's books in the years since I've taken an interest in the Bruderhof communities. There's a community just a couple of hours from here, near Inverell, Australia, called 'Danthonia'. This book was one of two most recently published by their publishing house, Plough Publishing.

As usual, Arnold has a refreshingly straight-forward take on things, and this short book on ageing (and dying) is no exception. He challenges us to think positively about every stage of life, even
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rich in Years
By Johann Christoph Arnold

Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life

Often we suffer under the delusion that age will imprison us, causing us to be forgotten just as we forget. But life doesn't need to lose its purpose just because we age.

Life and its length are a blessing from God. And if you doubt this look to the Bible - the child of promise was given to a couple hitting the century mark. But they weren't alone in being up there in age and yet fulfilling God's promises.

We need to r
Steven Clark
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book intending to quickly leaf through it because I'm not "old". I would say I'm middle-aged and as a result I didn't expect I would find much that would apply to me.

I was quickly engrossed in the book as Arnold, in his characteristic conversational style, soon had lured me in. Arnold shares his wisdom primarily through the characters of his stories. These true accounts are compelling and guide the reader on an enlightening journey through the experiences of others who have cro
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it

This book is a quick read with kind advice and thoughtful insight to the aging process. Its appeal is probably limited to a specific group of readers, but to that group, it has spot on insight and inspiration. As the title suggests, the book describes the aging process from the eyes of someone experiencing it. The author has also interviewed many people to get multiple perspectives. It is a timely read for anyone experiencing their bodies slowing down but whose minds still brightly burn! I would
John Jeanneney
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rich in Years by Johann Christoph Arnold, The Plough Publishing House

Assessing Rich in Years from the standpoint of an elderly, searching man, I find that most of the book, which deals with the importance of love and mutual support, is valuable and comforting. Arnold explains why adult children should not abandon their parents in a nursing home for their final years. The personal stories, supported by some biblical references, speak to everyone, even those not yet in the Christian Fold.

The last
Bill Chadwick
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Rich in Years” is not just another self-help book about growing older. Let’s face it, nobody likes to talk much about death, and the younger among us rarely even think about it…. or try not to anyway! Christoph Arnold’s book is not just about the end of life, and it’s not just for the “older” generation. I found the book to be like a peaceful train ride; less about the destination, and much more about enjoying the ride.

Using his signature style from his earlier works, Arnold unfolds his theme v
Lynnda Ell
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Living Well in the Later Years
According to the information in Rich in Years, Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life, Johann Cristoph Arnold is “a noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues.” My reading history has not previously included any books written by Rev. Arnold, but this probably will not be the last book of his I read. His advice on having a meaningful later life is practical, as well as spiritually affirming. I especially like these two quotes: “In idoli
JT Hine
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religione
A powerful book for three important groups of readers: 1) those growing old or facing lifelong infirmity (at any age), who don’t have a solid support structure – or who don’t know if they do; 2) the children and relatives of such people (at any age), whether or not they are the “caretakers”; 3) readers of any age wondering about the inevitability of growing old for themselves or those they care about.
The third group of readers is important, because the habits of love and gratitude that bless th
April Yamasaki
This book is an honest look at some of the challenges of growing older, with chapters like Accepting Changes, Combatting Loneliness, Finding Purpose, Living with Dementia, Finding Peace, Saying Goodbye. Author Johann Christoph Arnold is in his seventies, a pastor and member of the Bruderhof, who shares his own experience and reflections, as well as the stories of Alice, Vince and Jean, Dick, Emmy, and others.

This is not a book of facts and figures about aging or how to deal with finances or othe
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rich in Years, by Johann Christoph Arnold is a good book for those that are up there in years, the generation that might be my parents. Since I am only 29 years old, a'hem, for the 6th year, going on 7th year. I can almost start to relate. While I still have a great many years ahead of me, Lord willing. I have put behind me a lifetime it seems. I have already raised 1 child, who has a grandchild. I have one almost done with his high school career. I have two more that are right behind him. Where ...more
Denise DiFalco
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

"Rich in Years" by Johann Christoph Arnold came to me at the perfect time. It would be my father's 84th birthday which I was grieving over because he had been gone for sixteen years. My tears perpetuated waves of memories of all my loved ones that I have lost while growing older. These 'golden years' have taken much for me to adjust to. The spiritual insight and sensitive writings of this stellar book have helped me take a more positive, productive look on aging. "Rich In Years" addresses the m
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is much to inspire the reader of this book, even when the author is writing about death. All of life is an adventure. The later years present special challenges which are described in a compelling manner. I do not even remember how I came upon this book and ordered it, but it showed up at my door courtesy of Amazon, and it turned out to be a wonderful choice. For those who have more of life behind them than in front of them, this book provides meaningful insights as it presents a positive ...more
Charlie Williams
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So many people treat the elderly as a burden, an inconvenience or even as non-productive members of society. In this book, Christoph Arnold, through the use of stories, allows the reader to hear the voices of those who have reached this stage of life. We hear what they want, what they fear and how they wish to be treated. A large part of our society treats the elderly just as we treat our young, by shipping them off so someone else can take care of them. Like so many of Mr. Arnold's books he tak ...more
Beth Withers
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I think perhaps I read this book from a different perspective than the intended audience. At 52, I am looking ahead to the next phase of my life, and I was hoping for some encouragement because I find the future looking rather bleak at times. This wasn't the book I needed to read. It really pointed out to me all the problems I will be facing as I grow older, and that wasn't what I was hoping for! If were in my 70s or 80s, however, I would have perhaps found this inspiring. The intention is good, ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads
Rich in Years is compilation of many different stories who have found peace and purpose in a Long Life. I knew from the description that I wanted to read it but it was even better than I had hoped. Stories of hope and making the best of each situation. I can't begin to describe all of the useful information this little book contains. I highly recommend it. I won a copy of this book on Goodreads. I was not required to post a review.
Ed Stubbing
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
50!!! That’s how many sentences, paragraphs, quotes I bracketed for return visits when inspiration is needed. One from Emmy Arnold, “Each morning when I wake up, I am happy because I have been given another day to love and to serve.” This book is Hope. Hope in the good that each of us can accomplish in this life and Hope in the good that will be done in the next. God bless you, Johann Christoph Arnold. You have made me a better Catholic-Christian.”
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good book for boomers to read. We are entering into our retirement years. Are they to be a time to do what we want or is it a time to give in ways not possible before? Arnold has many thought provoking discussions, such as on the role of doctors and medicine as we grow older. This is a good book for children of aging parents too. Part of aging is dying well and Arnold has some really good teaching on that too. See my full review at ...more
Not a fast read, but a very Good Read! Life is not so much of how long you live, rather than the kind of life your live. I will keep this book on my nightstand to refer to often. I also recommend this for all of us who have reached a certain age, & to our children & family. Next time I read this I will have my highlighter close by. Thank you, First Reads! ...more
Downey Doyle
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality
It is a very heartfelt book, with some uplifting stories and some not. I couldn't truly relate to it but found insightful. This is the type of book that you will have to read when you need. Maybe when I reread in another time in my life I will be able to connect with it.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I found it fairly predictable, but with a few new points on aging that I had not previously considered. It's easy to read and moves quickly. 3 stars.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads
Nicely written with poignant information for all of us
Elizabeth Adleta
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: senior-issues
Overview of making the most of senior years & challenges faced during this time. Positive & helpful! ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written, to give peace of mind in your later years and for those who you know in their aging years. Reaffirmed my beliefs.
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People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over two million copies of his twelve books in print in more than twenty languages. A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold was a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities, until his death in April 2017.

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