It’s been a while since I have written a book review, but I recently came across, “God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet: Discovering the Spiritual Graces of Later Life” by Barbara Lee. Though seemingly directed towards seniors it is appropriate for anyone trying to discern a major mid or later-life decision.
The author is a retired attorney and US magistrate judge that began her retirement in the usual way but then changed direction by volunteering among the poor and becoming a spiritual director. Her past professional life was the sole reason I bought the book. As a career woman approaching sixty I figured I could identify with her. Reading, gardening, hoping for grandchildren, and settling in with my husband is not my idea of retirement. No offense to my husband or all you good people who like that sort of thing, “settling in” thing doesn’t sit right with my adventurous personality.
God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet is not a book to be read once. It is one that can be used as an aide for prayer and reflection. The chapters are reasonable in length and each concludes with a prayer exercise and suggested scripture readings for future reflection. Topics include finding God in all things, examining ones later-life identity, decision-making, and the issue of downsizing.
I plan to re-read this book with Bible and coffee in hand. Lord knows help with these crossroad decisions is welcome at this end. My recommendation? If you are over fifty, whether facing a major life decision or not, buy the book.
Picture is of my copy of the book.