We live in a culture that tells us there are few things worse than aging. And yet, no matter how much money we spend on health supplements or how many gurus we consult, the fact is that we will grow old. In A Season of Mystery, 60-year-old Paula Huston–a grandmother and also a caretaker for her mother and in-laws– shares with readers a fulfilling, grace-centered way to approach how we live and how we think about the second half of life. Huston offers ten spiritual practices that serve as antidotes to the classic obstacles associated with aging–such as fear of change, boredom, and close-mindedness–nurturing us in ways we would never have recognized in our younger lives.
At its heart, A Season of Mystery encourages those in the second half of life to free themselves from the world’s false ideas on aging and to embrace all the riches and rewards that come only with growing older.
“Every year from the more than 300 books we review on this website, we choose the Best Spiritual Books. . . . Since we only review books that we want to recommend to you for your spiritual journey, this selection actually represents the best of the best (A Season of Mystery is #4 on the list).
(Frederich and Mary Ann Brussat, Best Spiritual Books of 2012, www.spiritualityandpractice.com, January 25, 2013)
“Possessing extraordinary wisdom for her sixty years of age, Huston is an ideal guide through the exigent, scary subject of growing older.”
(Image: The Journal of Art and Religion, ImageUpdate, January 9, 2013)
“As I did with her Lent book, I read this book mostly in one evening. I couldn’t put it down.”
(Sara Reinhard, www.snoringscholar.com. December 28, 2012)
“I adore Paula Huston’s work and wise spirit. . . . In her new book, she again weaves together personal narrative along with riches from Christian mysticism to invite us gently into practices which are ‘antidotes to the afflictions of older age.”
(Christine Valters-Paintner, www.abbeyofthearts.com. December 10, 2012)