The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 On Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength

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We're all getting older. How do we make the second half of our lives the best half? Forty incredible women of faith from 40 to 85 tackle aging anxieties head-on—and upend them with compelling first-person stories full of humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom. Including:

Elisabeth Elliot on Sacrifice and Offering
Jennifer Dukes Lee on Drinking in God’s Love
Jennifer Grant on Diving In
Jen Pollock Michel on Facing the End
Joni Eareckson Tada on Pain and Provision
Kay Warren on Joy and Holy Fun
Kendra Smiley on the Freedom of Fun
Lauren Winner on Living with Intention

Elisa Morgan on Dogs and Belonging
Luci Shaw on Embracing Adventure
Lynne Hybels on the Necessity of Pleasure
Madeleine L'Engle on Honoring Touch
Patricia Raybon on Answering the Phone
Paula Huston on Living Outdoors
Shannon Ethridge on the Miracles in Mistakes
Sheila Wise Rowe on Following God's Lead
Vina Mogg on the Beauty of Mess
And many more

In three thematic sections—Firsts, Lasts, and Always— these women provide much-needed role models for aging honestly, beautifully, and faithfully, with surprises all along the way. These are indeed the Wonder Years!

Jennifer Dukes Lee
Brené Brown
Michelle Novak
Jill Kandel
Laura Lynn Brown
Lauren Winner
Luci Shaw
Amy R. Buckley
Charity Singleton Craig
Heather MacLaren Johnson
Elisa Morgan
Sheila Wise Rowe
Amy K. Sorrells
Leslie Leyland Fields
Shelly Wildman
Julie Owens
Jeanne Murray Walker
Shannon Ethridge
Amy F. Davis Abdallah
Andrea Stephens
Michelle Van Loon
Luci Swindoll
Margot Starbuck
Nancy Stafford
Jennifer Grant
Suanne Camfield
Win Couchman
Lynne Hybels
Joni Eareckson Tada
Jen Pollock Michel
Elisabeth Elliot
Vina Mogg
Kay Warren
Kendra Smiley
Paula Huston
Martha Levitt
Madeleine L’Engle
Gina Ochsner
Jill Kandel

"I am the pastor of a small congregation, most of whom are over age 50. I’ve been dismayed by the lack of substantive reading for the women in my congregation. This book addresses that need beautifully. The authors of the essays are largely familiar to my people and are well-known for their spiritual wisdom. The essays are not stale, however, and are full of fresh insight, humor and grace. Thank you, Leslie, for an excellent compilation." - ALM Stewart

"From striving to thriving, this book encourages a woman to grasp with wonder her mid-to-late life! The stories told here reminded me of how much we, as women, have in common with one another; and how much God's purpose and love propel us with hope and triumph into our sunset! I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced! A recommended read for women of all ages. You won't be disappointed." - Kelly Greer

"Women have plenty to say, and these mellowed voices of women with a few years behind them and many years ahead of them speak into so many areas of my life." - Ingrid Lochamire

"I love that these are short, true stories. Fiction just does not capture me like reading and learning from the wisdom of 40 talented writers. I found myself reading passages aloud to those around me because the writing was so rich." - Erin Reagan

"I've had so many conversations with friends about the need for this book. We need more frank books on what it means to age well, with grace and humor." - Ashley Hales

"No matter where you find yourself, whether midlife is still to come or long gone, 'The Wonder Years' is a beautiful collage of the many ways God works in the lives of women." -AMG


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