A Season of Mystery

A few months ago, my mother-in-law asked me to write her a book. She’s facing issues now as a “mature mom” that, frankly, she could use some support with.

I’m not exaggerating: I found the request impossible. I’m well outside my experience, for one thing!

Thankfully, one of my favorite writers tackled the topic and wrote a book that I can now freely share and endorse: A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life, by Paula Huston.

As I did with her Lent book, I read this book mostly in one evening. I couldn’t put it down.

Huston writes honestly and candidly, in a way that not only engages the reader, but that also plants itself within you. I’ve been thinking about various aspects of what I’ve read for days now.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the elderly, but now I think I have a deeper appreciation for the challenges that come with aging and changing seasons in life. I have a number of “mature mom” friends, and I cherish their wisdom; it hasn’t occurred to me that I support them in their struggles even as I share my own!

I won’t be in my second half of life for a while, but many people I know and care about will be (or are). This book is topping my list of resources to share and reread myself as I support them.

Highly recommended.

About Sarah Reinhard

Looking for Sarah Reinhard? Chances are she's hiding from her kids with her nose in a book...which is just too bad for the housework and cooking. Her greatest delight of late is how her kids are becoming bigger bibliophiles than she is. (And she's really only a beginner and a hack at that.) She’s online at SnoringScholar.com, CatholicMom.com, and is the author of a number of books.

  • http://sfomom.blogspot.com Barb S

    So when, exactly, do we consider ourselves in the “second half” of our lives? (Trying to determine if this book is for me…the middle-aged mom who doesn’t want to admit to being middle-aged, kid ranging from 10 to almost 21.)

    • http://snoringscholar.com Sarah Reinhard

      You know, I’m not entirely sure, Barb…I found it really helpful as I read it and thought of the many people in my life who are in their second half. I’d say it’s definitely for those who are 60-plus, but I just recommended it to a friend who turns 50 and…well, I learned a lot. So I’ll bet you’ll enjoy it.

    • juliedavis

      Barb … my guess is that you’re there. :-)

      50s and up, I’d say.