READ: Review, I’m Too Young to Be This Old by Poppy Smith
The seventeenth birthday of my youngest child seems like a good day to post this review. I can remember feeling old during my pregnancy with her. I seemed to hurt more, sleep less, and experience every ache and pain more than I had as I carried my previous four. But I know now that I had no clue what “feeling old” was like.
I’m starting to have a clue. And so is Poppy Smith, author of the best-selling I’m Too Young to Be This Old (Harvest House, 1997).
If you’ve ever seen a picture of yourself from a few years ago and realized how much different you look now, or wondered how that baby you rocked just the other day can be getting her driver’s license, or had your child look down from his now-towering height and call you his “little mother,” you’ll want to read this book. Written with faith, hope, and a large dose of humor, I’m Too Young to Be This Old offers encouragement and practical advice to help women through the midlife years.
So many of us in this season find ourselves feeling like a Panini sandwich: pressed hard on both sides. On one, we have teen and young adult children with their various needs and desires: navigating college, relationships, finances, and more. On the other, we have aging parents, so we face the issues of illness, caregiving, and important life decisions. Do we lose ourselves in the middle of the hard press? Or can God use it to create something delicious?
Poppy, a popular author and conference speaker, shares with transparency about her own midlife struggles and victories, including many stories of others as well. Twelve chapters chock-full of information and advice reflect the real feelings of real women, including “What’s Happening to Me?” (Chapter One); “If Only I Had . . . Or Hadn’t” (Chapter Seven); and “Where Do I Go From Here?” (Chapter Ten).
But the author does more than point out this age group’s concerns and problems. Her positive, humorous style allows her to combine biblical truth and practical tips in a way that leaves the reader feeling, “I can do this—with God’s help.”
“Reflections” (review questions) at the end of each chapter make this book a natural choice for either group or individual study. And Poppy’s constant admonishment to look beyond yourself and into God’s desires for your life make this book one I can recommend to women at any stage of life.
We can’t stop the aging process, so why not embrace it with grace? Allow Poppy Smith to show you how.
It’s October, and a great time for another book giveaway. What’s the biggest struggle you notice among midlife women (yourself or someone else)? Leave a comment including your contact information here before next Tuesday, October 22, and I’ll enter you to win my review copy plus a bonus book (I’ll send a choice of three). Blessings!
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FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to post a review or a positive response.