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Old age often gets a bad press. Associated with grumpiness, aches and pains, loneliness, and isolation it’s not something we particularly look forward to or relish when we’re there.
Pastor and Bible teacher, Derek Prime, himself in his 80s, shows us that there is another way to view old age. He guides us through 26 Christian priorities that we should hold to in later life. With biblical wisdom and practical advice, he helps us to navigate the unique challenges and joys that old age can bring. This is a book to dip into, meditate on and read prayerfully as you let the truths it contains gently transform the way you live your old age.
We all learned the alphabet when we were young. But here Derek Prime suggests there is another alphabet we need to learn if we are to enjoy A Good Old Age. With characteristic clarity and grace, he spells out an A to Z of biblical wisdom for the elderly. But the value of these pages goes far beyond encouraging senior-citizens. There is also something here for families, church leaders, and young people too. A great reminder that the starting place for A Good Old Age is long before it begins! ~ Sinclair B Ferguson
There are gems of Christlike wisdom on every page of this lovely book, written by an older believer and pastor with a godly sweetness and earthy directness. I have loved reading it and look forward to reading it again, slowly, and probably more than once, if the Lord spares me into older and older age. I shall buy copies for ageing contemporaries, who need to read it too! ~ Christopher Ash, Writer-in-Residence at Tyndale House, Cambridge and Ministry Trainer at St. Andrew the Great church.
Like vintage wine, A Good Old Age is the exquisite fruit of a lifetime of Christian ministry and leadership that aims to particularly help elderly Christians navigate the final years of the journey of faith. It charts the 'A to Z' of Christian discipleship in an immensely practical, warm, and honest way in short, insightful reflections on each letter of the Alphabet of Christian Living. It’s so good it shouldn’t be kept to the ‘Oldies' -- it will be a great aid to discipleship to a Christian of any age. I can’t recommend it highly enough. ~ Trevor Archer, FIEC London Director
Drawing on a lifetime immersed in God’s Word, Derek Prime gives us a roadmap for pursuing godliness in our later years. The value of this book lies in its specific application of the Scriptures to the challenges and opportunities of old age. Honest, insightful and full of grace, this book is a goldmine of wisdom for older believers. ~ Colin S. Smith, Senior Pastor, The Orchard and President, Unlocking the Bible
Here is practical and pastoral wisdom from a man who has soaked his life in the Scriptures. Younger pastors will be helped to understand the challenges that face our older brothers and sisters as well as getting some advanced preparation for what is ahead. In truth, the lessons here are good for every generation and I warmly commend this book. ~ Paul Rees, Lead Pastor, Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh
I bought copies of this book for some of my older friends. However, upon reading through some of the short chapters I became immediately enthralled by the simple wisdom embedded within each context. So many of the life-skills considered are equally important for Christians of any age and not just the 'old'. Alternatively, it could be considered as a wise preparation for old age. A lovely book which can be enjoyed over and over again.
This a great read - even though I am 49, I can see many of the things addressed in this book already creeping up on me. The introduction does suggest you read a chapter a day - not in three days flat. But the type font is pleasantly large, and the chapters do not waffle on!! Very practical, I would highly recommend this to - couples as part of your daily devotions, you can then reflect and discuss the subject for the rest of the day - for those on their own - lots of practical advice for those experiencing isolation, boredom etc. - for a Fellowship meeting - why not read a chapter each time you meet a discuss the issues it raises. Now can I convince my church to buy 50+ copies to pass on to people! I hope so!!
I hadn’t noticed this unusual book until very recently, but I’m glad I finally came across it. You are probably at least somewhat familiar with Derek Prime’s various writings on various biblical studies, and here he takes a distinctly pastoral tone to counsel those of us who are approaching our “senior” years. Very simply, this book is just superb, rich with insightful application of biblical instruction to older Christians. Best read one (brief) chapter per day for reflection. Designed for personal reading but a wonderful book for adult Bible study groups or Sunday School classes also. It’s aimed at the older generation, but in truth – as Alistair Begg mentions in his enthusiastic Foreword – it should be read while you’re still young: the counsel here is not for a new way of life now that you are old, but for a Christian way of thinking and living that by our senior years should be well–established. An excellent, remarkably profitable, and very needed book eminently suited to you and everyone you know. Definitely five stars – very highly recommended! This review was originally published on booksataglance.com
I read this book last year and I LOVED it. As a thirty–something I was initially reading it to see how I might better understand those older Christians around me, but there is wisdom for Christians of any age. It’s suggested that you read one chapter a day, rather than reading it all in one go, and it would make a great devotional doing that. I’m impatient and read it in big chunks, and that was fine too. I think the title should be change d though, as it probably puts off younger Christians from reading it, but it’s an A–Z of loving and following the Lord Jesus. Full Stop! There are some very practical suggestions by the wonderful Derek Prime which do specifically speak to the older generation, but they were eye opening to me, as we all tend to focus on our own stage of life. I wholeheartedly recommend this to everyone.
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