Getting older can leave us feeling lost and lonely. Scale the steep path of aging with 80-something poet and adventurer Shaw---and feel alive and free! Taking you on a virtual hike into the future, she records her experiences lovingly, honestly, sorrowfully, and joyfully---and encourages you to focus on Christ as you keep climbing life's mountain. 176 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
In this book, writer-poet Luci Shaw has given us a lifetime of exquisite reflections on nature, love, death, suffering, loss, faith, doubt, creativity, curiosity, lifelong learningall of it drawn from the breadth of her own experience, harvested in penetrating and lyrical insights. Still active in her eighties, Luci now turns her attention to the season of edging toward the borders. Her spirit of adventure, her brave transparency, and her openness to all that life offers (as well as inflicts) makes her a captivating and hope-inspiring mentor. For most of us, growing older is a reality we put off as long as possibleuntil we realize with a shock that it is happening to us. We immediately look around to see how others on the path just ahead of us are dealing with it. So here is the intrepid Luci Shaw, taking readers on a virtual hike with her, with steps more deliberate and slow but also with surprising vistas that fill us with gratitude. In this book Luci serves as a fearless and eloquent scout. As she traverses new territory, she records her experiences lovingly, honestly, sorrowfully, joyfullyhere's what it's like, and here's what to be ready for. These field notes will inform your own journey, no matter what your age.
Luci Shaw is a poet, essayist, lecturer and writer-in-residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Widely anthologized, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. She coauthored three books with Madeleine L'Engle. In 2013 she received the Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University and , and she is a founding member of the Chrysostom Society of Christian Writers. In addition to (IVP), her recent publications include , , and a collection of her poems, . Her papers are preserved in the Luci Shaw Collection at Wheaton College's Buswell Library. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.
"Luci Shaw, poet and adventurer, scales the heights of the later years, grasping bramble after bramble. Yes, there are challenges. The closing decades of her lifelong journey provide tough moments, sudden and sometimes sharp-edged surprises. But Luci keeps her face turned to the beauty of Christ and shows us all how to climb, handsomely and with dignity. Wise, strengthening, playful and loving."
"At an age when many of her peers are simply marking time till death, Luci Shaw embodies what it means to be a fully flourishing human being. Her Adventure of Ascent, which calls to mind the best of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Henri Nouwen, is spiritual confession at its finest."
"The veteran climber Luci Shaw spray paints vivid blazes on the trail for those of us who are coming behind her. What is old age? How does it look from the outside? How does it feel? As the path gets rockier, what advice can she offer? Watch. Luci's backpack is dwindling above us and her walking stick--the one she inherited from her father--flashes as she climbs. This is a fabulous guidebook, filled with stories, wisdom and humor about the steep path we ascend after sixty."
"I love this sage book."
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