Blessed by Our Brokenness: Finding Peace in the Challenges of Aging and Illness

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With compassion and hope, spiritual writer Sr. Anne Field helps us face the inevitable losses we experience through aging, illness, and other causes of suffering. She gently urges readers to choose freely to replace gloomy attitudes of self pity with God's perspectives on pain and disabilities. God, she says, does not want to burden us with more losses but wants to strengthen us to bear our suffering. The Lord wants us to find meaning in life by growing deeper in faith and love and extending his kingdom on earth through our losses, not in spite of them.

"This gentle book combines rare qualities: an appreciation and joy at God's creation received through all the senses,  and yet a coming to terms with loss of those sense through the impairments of age, accident, and illness. The author shares with her readers her own happiness and her own suffering, her own experiences, her meetings with friends, her wide reading. Over the whole is spread an infectious contentment and confidence in God's loving care. This is a Benedictine nun who has thought, prayer, and read over many years, and now shares her rich experience with others." -- Fr. Henry Wansbrough, OSB, General Editor, "The New Jerusalem Bible".

Anne Field, OSB, is a member of a community of Benedictine nuns at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire, England. She is the author of several best-selling books on the spiritual life, including From Darkness to Light, The Monastic Hours, and Delivered from Evil.