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Creating a Spiritual Retirement
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Creating a Spiritual Retirement invites readers to create a more meaningful spiritual life after retirement from the daily workplace. The book is divided into three sections: "The Individual Spirit" -- think about the possibilities for spiritual growth that come with retirement "The Great Spirit" -- find the sacred in this life, in both ordinary and extraordinary ways "Practical Spirituality" -- develop a spiritual practice that will provide support, strength, challenge, and comfort in the later years of life
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Molly and Bernie Srode, a husband and wife team, began their spiritual journey early in life as a Catholic nun and priest respectively. Bernie served in local parishes and Molly taught in Catholic schools. After marrying, they joined forces to explore spirituality on a wider basis by studying the spiritual traditions of many different faiths. Molly served for ten years as a hospital chaplain. Now, as retirees, they devote their time to enriching the spiritual lives of other retirees by offering workshops and lectures across the United States.

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Part memoir, part primer for retirement, this book will appeal to readers who embrace spirituality as a vital part of their lives. The author was once a teacher, hospital chaplain and nun who gave up her vows in order to marry a man who had been a priest. Now entering retirement, Srode is concerned about the spiritual aspects of her new status. The book's opening section explores the individual as a spiritual being; the second discusses the concept and experience of God; and the final part looks at spirituality in everyday life. Retirement, she explains, is a time when "relationships take on new significance," and people confront their fears of illness and death. This makes retirement an ideal time for cultivating a deeper spirituality. Each chapter is followed by a reflection and by some questions for readers to answer. Throughout the book, she emphasizes spirituality, which she defines as "the way in which we recognize and relate to the unseen but no less real presence of spirit in our lives-both our own spirit and the ultimate spirit that many call God." She urges meditation as a way to heighten awareness of one's spirituality, and offers some practical meditation suggestions. This book is a useful guide for spiritually minded individuals who seek additional meaning for their retirement years. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

As Molly Strode observes, 'A ... retirement is a life-altering event for each person who goes through it. It is a new stage in life that touches every phase of a person's existence. It has physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences." Because this last phase of life is so imporlant, a book of spiritual advice for the transition u'ould be welcome not only to people contemplating retirement, but also for retirees who are having a hard time. Unfortunately, this is not the book. Although Molly Strode is a former Roman Catholic nun, her advice for retirees depends on a number of New Age beliefs like reincarnation that will be unhelpful to mainstream Episcopalians. Maybe the Church Pension Fund and its clergy wellness experts will produce a guide to spiritual retirement. --Doug Ousley "The Living Church " "Creating a Spiritual Retirement will serve as a valuable model for many who have arrived at a spiritual milestone, and who want to learn how to plan the rest of their journey. Strode is an excellent guide who knows how to point out important things on the side of the road that we might otherwise not notice, and she knows how to keep the real goals of our lives clearly in mind." Rabbi Jack Reimer, co-editor, So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them A spiritual gem for retired persons. A hopeful, helpful guide.... If every retiree would take Molly Srode's insights and suggestions to heart, we would have a lot more wisdom and happiness in this world. Joyce Rupp, author, The Cosmic Dance and many other best-selling books This is a powerful book . A must-read for those wishing to enrich their 'later years and a highly recommended book for all ages. One of the best books I have read in a long, long time. Barbara Russell Chesser, PhD, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul " As Molly Strode observes, 'A ... retirement is a life-altering event for each person who goes through it. It is a new stage in life that touches every phase of a person's existence. It has physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences." Because this last phase of life is so imporlant, a book of spiritual advice for the transition u'ould be welcome not only to people contemplating retirement, but also for retirees who are having a hard time. Unfortunately, this is not the book. Although Molly Strode is a former Roman Catholic nun, her advice for retirees depends on a number of New Age beliefs like reincarnation that will be unhelpful to mainstream Episcopalians. Maybe the Church Pension Fund and its clergy wellness experts will produce a guide to spiritual retirement. --Doug Ousley"The Living Church" (09/07/2003) "Creating a Spiritual Retirement will serve as a valuable model for many who have arrived at a spiritual milestone, and who want to learn how to plan the rest of their journey. Strode is an excellent guide who knows how to point out important things on the side of the road that we might otherwise not notice, and she knows how to keep the real goals of our lives clearly in mind." Rabbi Jack Reimer, co-editor, So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them A spiritual gem for retired persons. A hopeful, helpful guide.... If every retiree would take Molly Srode's insights and suggestions to heart, we would have a lot more wisdom and happiness in this world. Joyce Rupp, author, The Cosmic Dance and many other best-selling books This is a powerful book . A must-read for those wishing to enrich their 'later years and a highly recommended book for all ages. One of the best books I have read in a long, long time. Barbara Russell Chesser, PhD, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul" As Molly Strode observes, 'A ... retirement is a life-altering event for each person who goes through it. It is a new stage in life that touches every phase of a person's existence. It has physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences." Because this last phase of life is so imporlant, a book of spiritual advice for the transition u'ould be welcome not only to people contemplating retirement, but also for retirees who are having a hard time. Unfortunately, this is not the book. Although Molly Strode is a former Roman Catholic nun, her advice for retirees depends on a number of New Age beliefs like reincarnation that will be unhelpful to mainstream Episcopalians. Maybe the Church Pension Fund and its clergy wellness experts will produce a guide to spiritual retirement.--Doug Ousley"The Living Church" (09/07/2003) As Molly Strode observes, 'A ... retirement is a life-altering event for each person who goes through it. It is a new stage in life that touches every phase of a person's existence. It has physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences." Because this last phase of life is so imporlant, a book of spiritual advice for the transition u'ould be welcome not only to people contemplating retirement, but also for retirees who are having a hard time. Unfortunately, this is not the book. Although Molly Strode is a former Roman Catholic nun, her advice for retirees depends on a number of New Age beliefs like reincarnation that will be unhelpful to mainstream Episcopalians. Maybe the Church Pension Fund and its clergy wellness experts will produce a guide to spiritual retirement.--Doug Ousley "The Living Church " "Creating a Spiritual Retirement will serve as a valuable model for many who have arrived at a spiritual milestone, and who want to learn how to plan the rest of their journey. Strode is an excellent guide who knows how to point out important things on the side of the road that we might otherwise not notice, and she knows how to keep the real goals of our lives clearly in mind." Rabbi Jack Reimer, co-editor, So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them A spiritual gem for retired persons. A hopeful, helpful guide.... If every retiree would take Molly Srode's insights and suggestions to heart, we would have a lot more wisdom and happiness in this world. Joyce Rupp, author, The Cosmic Dance and many other best-selling books This is a powerful book . A must-read for those wishing to enrich their 'later years and a highly recommended book for all ages. One of the best books I have read in a long, long time. Barbara Russell Chesser, PhD, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul"

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