Monday, October 16, 2017

When Did Everybody Get So Old?

When Did Everybody Get So Old?
Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected
Grace of Midlife

Jennifer Grant
(Herald Press)
ISBN: 978-1513801315
May 2017/

From writer and veteran columnist Jennifer Grant comes an unflinching and spirited look at the transitions of midlife. When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? plumbs the physical, spiritual, and emotional changes unique to the middle years: from the emptying nest to the sagging effects of aging. Grant acknowledges the complexities and loss inherent in midlife and tells stories of sustaining disappointment, taking hard blows to the ego, undergoing a crisis of faith, and grieving the deaths not only of illusions but of loved ones. Yet she illuminates the confidence and grace that this season of life can also bring. Magnetic, good-humored, and full of hope in the sustaining power of the Spirit, this is a must-read for anyone facing the flux and flow of middle age.


Jennifer Grant is a writer, editor, and speaker. A former health and family columnist for the Chicago Tribune, she is the author of four previous books, including the adoption memoir Love You More. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, four children, and two rescue dogs. Find her online at or on Twitter @jennifercgrant.


Jennifer Grant takes a pragmatic and relatable look at the midlife years that will appeal to many in their forties and fifties, especially women. Down to earth and honest in her assessment of the challenges, foibles, and heartaches that accompany the years of emptying nests, body changes, and relational ups and downs, she discovers blessings, grace, and hope as well. I enjoyed much about this book although I can't wholeheartedly recommend it due to some theological differences regarding one chapter. Overall, it is an enjoyable read with a good perspective.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Herald Press and Handlebar Marketing. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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