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Creating a Spiritual Retirement


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Acknowledgments ix Introduction xi Part One The Individual Spirit 1* Taking the First Step 3 2* Letting Go of Who We Were 9 3* Finding Out Who We Really Are 13 4* The Round House 17 5* Gone Where? 21 6* Soul Purpose 25 7* Taking the Plunge 29 8* Connecting with Spirit 33 9* Finding the Voice of Spirit 39 10* Attuning to the Voice of Spirit 43 11* Fruits of the Spirit 47 Part Two The Great Spirit 12* Preface to God 53 13* Strange Gods 57 14* The Journey Continues 63 15* A Bend in the Road 67 16* Will the Real God Please Stand Up? 73 17* Creation Speaks 79 18* The Presence 83 19* The Other 87 20* What about Religion? 93 Part Three Practical Spirituality 21* Where Do We Go from Here? 99 22 * Compassion 101: Loving Yourself 103 23* Compassion 102: Loving Others 109 24* Judge Not Lest . . . 113 25* When Bad Things Happen 119 26 * Sitting with the Feelings 125 27* Four A.M. Darkness 131 28* Measuring the Distance 137 29* Keeping in Step 143 30* Getting the Job Done 149 31* Unfinished Business 153 32* Four Steps to a Better Day 157 33* Going Home 163 34* Now Is the Time 169

About the Author

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.


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 *

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