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To realise that I was born in the last century makes me feel positively ancient.
My grandmother never visited London. My father never flew in an aeroplane. Middle age for him was his thirties as he died before he could enjoy retirement years having suffered most of his life from chronic lung disease. My generation, however, has seen some of the most amazing advances in science, technology and social development. It is no longer unusual for people to live until they are a hundred years old, often enjoying fairly good health until their nineties. It is no longer expected that a person dresses or behaves as previous generations did on reaching retirement years. Indeed, the newspapers regularly record achievements and, often outrageous behaviour, or life style of the ‘third generation’ or even the ‘fourth generation’.
And we ‘over 50’s’ are positively swarming all over the place. But ski lift or stair lift, being over fifty can be scary.
Sagas is a collection of short real life stories of mature people who have experienced something that has changed their outlook on life and death. Their honest, yet differing, accounts offer very personal insights into finding faith after fifty.
Everyone who has managed to clock up half a century, naturally will have formed opinions on most things, including faith and God. Of course we are always right…aren’t we? And yet…? What do we believe? Does it matter?
Fingers crossed…I wish I had your faith…I’ll think about God later…It’s too late now…
This book could answer some of your questions, doubts or even help you to re–affirm your faith. Each chapter stands alone so you can start at the beginning or pick random chapters.
So let me introduce you to a few people whose lives have been challenged or changed in later years…
The Cruise Ship Entertainer- Eric Mellor
Politics and an Irrelevant God – Hazel
The Colonel from Kentucky - Colonel Sanders
The Sounds of Music- Carolyn
The Day the Senator Died - Caroline and Richard
The Tupperware Man - Barrie Bailey
Wasted Years – Susan
The Immigrant - Luke Short
Magic, Mystery and Rebellion- Linda
The Family from Yorkshire - Reg
The Farmers Daughter- Kathryn
Comfort in Sorrow – Ernest
The Search - Brenda
These are interesting stories of people’s lives, some about ordinary people and others about famous ones. Written in simple English, they are short enough for someone to read on the train or bus to work. The subtitle indicates the focus of the stories inside. It is aimed at older, experienced people. As this demographic represents an increasing proportion of our British population, it is right to address their needs and interests. Citing Hazel, who, having come from an atheistic and left–wing background, finds herself asking questions about God, D.J. Carswell very helpfully works into her text how a person should respond to God and have faith in Jesus Christ. For instance, ‘Hazel came to understand that it was her sin that was getting in the way of her knowing God personally’. Sadly, even in England nowadays, there are households without a Bible. Hazel grew up in such a household. But this story could prompt someone to find a Bible and read it for themselves. Anyone for fried chicken? Everyone is interested in the story of someone famous. The background of Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame is catalogued, which shows that so many people in past years have had some experience of church. Maybe those reading will be reminded of what they were taught in church or Sunday school. Taking another of the stories, Barry, a greengrocer’s son, aims to run his own business and make enough money to retire by 30! Though he succeeds in business, he nevertheless realises that money isn’t the most important goal of life. Through his wife, he visits church and realises for the first time that God can be found in the words of the Bible. All in all, a very useful book. I have started reading parts of it to my Ladies’ Bible Study Group.
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