For the last several decades, Western churches have focused the bulk of their resources on the early stages of discipleship—children’s Sunday school, youth group, college ministry. These are all important, but we’ve neglected spiritual growth in the second half of life. In fact, an outside observer might think that after the growth of the college years, the goal is simply to coast through the rest of your Christian life. The book explores what the unique challenges of midlife can teach us about Jesus and how to think about everything from church, friends, and family, to money, bodies, and meaning.
I found Becoming Sage to be a thought-provoking and intriguing read, and it addresses a topic that seems prevalent in many churches: the focus on family and children that seems to occupy a prominent place in church life. But what about after the children have left home? What then?
Becoming Sage explores the topic in depth, without castigating the church, which I found refreshing and hopeful
Michelle Van loon blogs, writes, and speaks about spiritual life formation. Becoming Sage is her newest book.
(Galley courtesy of Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.)