From the time I opened the book Nearing Home by Billy Graham, I was unable to put it down! The book is about life, faith and finishing well…a subject well lived by Billy Graham. In this beautiful book written at age 92, Billy examines his purpose and path towards eternity. As I read the book I immediately thought of family members I would share the book with. Not willing to let go of my own copy- because I love it so much- I’m going to need a few more copies to pass along to others.
Billy writes about life lessons and aging. You don’t need to be a retired senior citizen to enjoy the book. In fact, you should read it now and find encouragement for your future. In the chapter on retirement, Billy Graham writes “See your retirement as a gift from God. Retirement isn’t something that just happens if you life long enough, and it isn’t even a reward for your years of hard work; it is a gift from God. Once you understand this, you’ll approach retirement differently.” He suggests that seniors need to teach younger generations and share their wisdom, while at the same time learning from today’s youth. He writes “No matter who we are, retirement presents us with two choices. Either we can use it to indulge ourselves, or we can use it to make an impact on the lives of others.” According to Billy Graham, “retirement provides us the opportunity to spend more time doing God’s work, serving others in the name of the Lord.”
Getting old is not just about retirement and physical ailments, it’s about our continuing relationship with God. In the book Nearing Home Billy Graham also shares guidelines for managing money, planning your will, and planning your future. My favorite expression is “when youth fades” as he describes the effects of age on physical beauty. In a very tender moment, he shares his own grief after the passing of his wife Ruth.
I’d recommend reading this book at any age or stage of life. Billy Graham writes with eloquence and his words will imprint a lasting message on your mind. His book has been on the bestseller list for some time, so if you’ve had a chance to read Nearing Home please share your comments below.
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