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From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older

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Over two decades ago, beloved and respected rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi felt an uneasiness. He was growing older, and fears about death and infirmity were haunting him. So he decided to embark on mission to get to the bottom of his fears. Through a series of events that included a vision quest in a secluded cabin and studying with Sufi masters, Buddhist teachers and Nat ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1995)
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Joe Henry
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an effort to reclaim the last season of life from a cultural view that values youth and vigor, mature adulthood and accomplishment, but discounts the elder years as nothing more than decline and death. Observing that generally elders cannot compete with 40 & 50-year-olds in terms of stamina and business-like accomplishments, he clarifies that the developmental task for elders is not more of the same work but “harvesting” the fruits of a lifetime of experience and passing on a legacy. My ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Laborious read but, in the end, worth it. Much like taking a chalky medicine by mouth. There is important perspective and wisdom in the book for those of us growing older. Words like "retirement" and "sunset years" and "nursing homes" make us all dread getting old. Challenges like mentoring and giving back the experience and wisdom we have gained for the benefit of the world sounds like an exciting future. His comment that dying is nothing to fear--after all, everyone who has encountered it so f ...more
Carolyn Young
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for those moving into their sage-ing years. Even though this was written about 20 years ago, Rabbi Zalman had his finger on the pulse of something big that was/is happening. He has reframed this time of life in terms of mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual growth. This last stage of life allows people to ask questions and explore avenues of life that there was neither the time or the interest to explore at earlier times. He leaves us with a sense of exhilaration an ...more
marni rose
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a treasure trove of sage advise on how to make the most of your life as a conscious elder. As we Baby Boomers enter our senior years, new opportunities are available to enrich our lives and the lives of those around us!
Dec 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Peg
Shelves: aging
I read this book quite awhile ago and need to pick it back up. It was one of the first books I read that discussed spiritual aging from a broad perspective.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Great topic, some excellent ideas, and once in a while, inspirational. The problem is that it was too "dense," meandering, ruminating, and put forth a vision in 1995 that hasn't really taken off. A great idea, but unfortunately, not realistic. Maybe for a very few enlightened people - particularly those with lots of money to attend workshops, retreats, and to live in enlightened communities. It's so ... Marin County, the 1970s - with it's good points, and with its self-indulgence, coupled with a ...more
Beverly Flanagan
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life changing for me. Reading this book as I was approaching my 65th birthday transformed my view of my role in the scheme of things. Even though there is more behind me, in terms of time, how to maximize what's ahead, despite potentially increasing health issues, significantly decreased my angst about getting older. Even death does not daunt me. Of course as a Christian it doesn't have to, but sensing my mortality was causing me some negative anticipation. MY PURPOSE IS RENEWED AND STRENGTHENED ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aging is a subject that began to interest me as I entered my 6th decade of living. One of my favorite books is Ram Dass's Still Here but that book now has serious competition in From Age-ing to Sage-ing. Well-written and thought-provoking, this is a book that every thinking person should read. A new way of looking at growing and being old.
I had the great good fortune of meeting the author once who graciously agreed to meet with me in spite of being in ill health when I had the nerve to request a
Great thesis. All on board with it. But unbelievably repetitive. Could have been 1/2 the length or less. Hence, became infuriating and exasperating. Only finished because for a class. Was there an editor assigned to this book or what?
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aging
A description of options available for creating a spiritual richness in elderhood. Inspiring. Thought provoking. An anitdote to negative stereotypes of aging. A reminder that there is beauty and potential in all seasons.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is dated. I like "60 On Up" much better.
Rae Simpson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi writes a lovely book with the help of Ronald S. Miller aimed at describing the richness available to people in their final stages of adulthood. Popular culture depicts aging as a series of losses to be suffered. This book counters this view with a very detailed look at the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social opportunities available to people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.

At times, I found the book arguing a bit for an introvert's approach to life
Arthur Gershman
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
My attraction to the first named author, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was due to his reputation as a cabalist, the Jewish practice of mysticsm. When I bought and first read this book, in 1995, I was a mere 48 years old, much too young to put its sage advice into practice. This book is for the retired, and even then is not for everyone. When I lent it to my retired friend in California with whom I swap jokes on the internet, her comment was "Although it was a difficult read, bogged down in places, an ...more
Bruce Dayman
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
The book had some useful information. It was a bit New Agey. I agree that it's important to consider life differently as you get past 60 and even 50. Momento mori. We must all consider our mortality. It's a good discipline to do from time to time. I also agree that spirituality is a necessary component of aging. Much of what the author wrote I have practiced at various seasons of life. I felt encouraged to do more journaling. I think some of the exercises in the appendix are helpful for anyone. ...more
Rachel Murphy
A beautiful and far-reaching study into the possibilities for late adulthood. Might we look at growing older with a sense of personal mission and awe, instead of "declining" or "resting on our laurels" or passively "accepting" the end stages of life? A glimpse into the possibilities for gaining a wider vista and insight with age; of becoming a mentor, healer, and sage to those who have yet to complete the journey. A worthy read.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, for enjoying and making worth while, the final third of one's life in this existence. I am currently harvesting my life (prompted by the ideas in the book) and gaining a lot of wisdom from the process. However, to appreciate this book, you really need to have reached a certain level of spiritual maturity.
Kat C
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it
I read this one for work. I like a lot of the points he makes, but the tone is far too New Agey for me. Also, this isn't really a book meant to be read all at once, but a bit at a time with periods of contemplation built in. Maybe I'll come back to it in a couple of decades.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A must read.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Changing your mindset from getting old and playing bingo or bridge while waiting to die to using what you learned in your lifetime to help others = becoming a sage.
Susan Prudhomme
I was disappointed in this book. It seemed to be just repeating the same thing over and over and over. I got it the first time.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thought provoking for those of us over 60 and looking for a purpose.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Much useful information, but way too optimistic about the role of the elder in America. Written in 1995, and many of the expectations/hopes didn't happen. Still, the exercises were helpful.
Louise Silk
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
Some helpful information but way too much preaching. I put the to-do list from the end of the book here:
Maggie Dianna
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal Read And Life Tips!
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