I'M TOO YOUNG TO BE THIS OLD Mass Market Paperback – Sep 2009
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"Poppy Smith offers biblical counsel and practical suggestions to women navigating the years beyond midlife. Her approach to aging brings a smile to my face and hope to my heart. A must-read for any woman who looks in the mirror and wonders who the stranger is returning her gaze." -Grace Fox, international speaker and author of Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman's Guide to Peace in Every Situation "I'm Too Young to Be This Old is fantastic! With her sparkling sense of humor, Poppy shows women how to face their mid-life years with courage and confidence. I will be recommending it to all my friends who are in their forties and fifties!" -Becky Harling, international speaker and author, Freedom From Performing: Grace in An Applause Driven World "I needed to read this book! Every point Poppy writes about is right on; from physical ailments and changes to relationship changes. I just love her wit and humor while at the same time she had the inept ability to write about the reality of our lives in this strange and uncharted waters of aging. I highly recommend this book to anyone approaching middle age. They will not be disappointed!" -Lane Jordan, Lane Jordan Ministries --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Who put all those candles on my cake? What woman hasn't looked in the mirror and wondered at her reflection? Or gasped at how grown up her children look? Or puzzled at how her friends are aging prematurely? I'm Too Young to Be This Old shows you how to face your changing life with a spirit of fun and fearlessness. With plenty of humor, Poppy Smith leads you through both the lighter side of midlife and the deeper issues that concern you, including •changes in health and appearance •erratic emotions •wondering if the best of life is over •relationships with aging parents •and more I'm Too Young to Be This Old offers you the inspiration and insight you need to turn these middle years into the best years of your life!See all Product Description
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Where did the years go? There is NO denying it, but we have hit that moment in our lives. Some of us may kick and scream as we start, or are going through it, but one look at our grown kids tells us there is NO denying it! Yes, we ARE in our middle years of life, and these are just beginning, but how did this happen to us because it sure feels like it was just yesterday when we were birthing them! This book also tells us how to continue our relationship with our grown adult children. Great advice.
What about 'our' parents? The are now elderly, and it may be time for us to care for them. Yes, this time in our lives makes our parents that much older, too. They may or may not need our help yet, but it's about continuing our relationship with them, too. This is all new territory for us and them, well, for everyone in our lives.
So this leaves us wondering and asking ourselves all kinds of questions such as where did the time go? When did this happen? How did this happen? I am no longer the invincible guru of youth! (My words there!) Now this takes us to wondering just who are we now? Who is this man I'm married to? He sure looks different, too! Gee, I've hit the middle of my life. I've hit all the milestones, so now what's left, where do I go from here and how do I get there? Who am "I" now, really? Along with many more questions that middle age haunts us women with. We look in the mirror and really do not know who is looking back at us. This body of ours has taken on added weight, and we don't know where that came from. So we have added a few extra pounds and our bodies definitely look different, especially our faces! They look like time has taken it's liberty there! I've done it myself at certain periods of my own life, but now, especially, who am I, what happened to 'me', and where do I go from here?
Some women seem to easily stride into it, and accept it willingly never asking any questions, but I believe the majority of us do quite the opposite and reflect on it much more than that. This is where this book is so helpful. This book has many different women talk about their life's struggles through this change in their lives, and it feels really 'good' to hear that they are feeling the same way we are. Poppy Smith uses just the right amount of humor and also adds Bible quotes and discussion in just the right places as it pertains to us and compares some of the many women in the Bible who also went through the middle life happening. This book gave me a new perspective and a new look at the women in the Bible and the women in the book as we compare ourselves to them. I loved that about this book.
Who thought the Bible could help us with Middle Age? It does, and with the many examples this author gives us, along with other women who speak in this book, it sure made me feel better! We are not alone in this journey, and there have been many others who have done it ahead of us, too. This book shows us we are not alone in this period of our lives, as all women eventually go through it. It's how we envelop it, embrace it, and start to make changes in our lives for what lies ahead. This is one of those books I have highlighted EVERYWHERE! You will, too. You will want to go back and reread certain sections as they pertain to you. This is one book you will keep handy so you can grab it and go back to those sections as they pertain to your life when you need that extra help or pick-me-up. I HIGHLY recommend this book for any of us that realize we are 'there', and we don't have to do it alone. Yes, we can say the words, "We are middle aged!"
This would be a great book for you and your friends to discuss together, or even a great book club selection to discuss. Again, I HIGHLY recommended this book! I received this book for FREE from the publisher, Harvest House Publishers, through NetGalley in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
As with any good self-help book, each chapter finishes with a series of questions. Readers will no doubt benefit from looking up the related Bible verses and answering the questions honestly. But many readers, myself included, are still in denial regarding the possibility of aging, so happily disregard these opportunities for personal reflection.
There is a lot of useful information, including a potentially useful list of the symptoms of menopause, along with a suggestion that a woman suffering these symptoms should consult their doctor, as many symptoms can be managed and aren't simply an inevitable sign of aging that can't be helped.
While I'm Too Young to Be This Old is a good book for Christian women in this empty-nester age group, it is a reprint of the book originally published in 1997. It has been revised and updated, so it now suggests maintaining relationships with distant grandchildren via Skype. However, other areas could have benefited from more revision. For example, the humorous discussion about cosmetic surgery completely ignores Botox. She also mentions the smoking section of an airplane. Was it that recently that people could smoke on planes? Overall, sound but not exceptional.
Thanks to Harvest House and Netgalley for providing a free ebook for review.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Poppy has sound advice and uses many illustrations. At the end of each chapter, the questions for reflection would make a great coffee date with a spouse or friend to prompt meaningful conversations.