Nearing Home by Billy Graham

Nearing Home by Billy GrahamI got this book for free to review through book­sneeze. It did not affect my review in any way. For more infor­ma­tion on how I do reviews, check out my Disclo­sure Policy

I’ve always liked Billy Graham. He has an authen­ticity about him that I’ve always respected.

At 93, he’s not done sharing himself.

In Nearing Home, Graham writes honestly and openly about getting old. He’s regularly in pain, he’s lost his strength and his wife and closest friends have all passed away. He always thought he’d die around 50 and is shocked by the emotions and expe­ri­ences he never thought he’d see.

Through it all, he sees a lot of good in growing older. Graham has learned there is “nothing new under the sun” and the elderly have priceless knowledge they can pass down to the younger gener­a­tion. He sees retire­ment as an oppor­tu­nity to expand God’s Kingdom without the restraints of a job – even, as for one woman, it means all you can do is pray.

He encour­ages his aged readers to continue striving towards God’s kingdom, to actively pursue the younger gener­a­tions and impart wisdom to them.

It is a great book that I’ll be passing along to my grand­mother when she moves into town. And at a mere 180 pages, I recommend it to anyone going up in years.

If I had to find something negative to say, it’s that a 25-year-old like me had some diffi­culty relating to a 93-year-old Graham. He talks about things I’ve never expe­ri­enced and works through emotions I’ve never dealt with. But even with that limi­ta­tion, reading this book guar­an­tees I’m more prepared for growing older.

9 Responses to “Nearing Home by Billy Graham”

  1. adam December 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM #

    Billy Graham is a truly amazing man of God. Thanks for the review. I have contem­plated getting it from Book­sneeze, but I think I will hold out on it.

    • Alex December 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM #

      That he is!

  2. ixnayonthetimmay December 23, 2011 at 12:47 AM #

    The title says it all doesn’t it? Death isn’t the end, just a profound change.

    It always seems that so long as one is doing what one loves, they never grow old in mind or spirit. It’s a sentiment I’d like to think I have; when I reach the age of ‘retire­ment,’ I’d hope that means I am simply free to do what is truly mean­ingful to me.

    • Alex December 24, 2011 at 9:34 AM #

      From Billy’s book, it seems most people don’t have that sentiment. However, he is full of encour­age­ment and good ideas for those reaching retire­ment age — and for those of us who hope to some day.

      Thanks for the comment!

  3. Loren Pinilis December 23, 2011 at 9:05 AM #

    Our culture is kinda strange in that we revere youth. Old people seem a little kookie, strange, and second-class to us. That’s the exact opposite from many cultures around the globe. So I can see why getting old is a rather strange thing here in America.
    I’ve heard Graham talk about this — how scripture says that old age is a blessing. But he has to deal with depen­dence on people to take care of him, pain, etc. I think this actually sounds like an inter­esting read!

    • Alex December 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM #

      The most inter­esting part of the book for me is Graham’s discus­sion on how an older person should respond to the cultural norms. The tendency is to lock them­selves up in their home and wait for death, while Graham encour­ages them to use this time to serve others, get out of their house and do the things they are still capable of in their old age.

      You should check it out!

  4. Benjer McVeigh December 23, 2011 at 2:36 PM #

    Thanks for the review…I’m defi­nitely adding it to my reading list for 2012!

    • Alex December 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM #

      Awesome, Benjer!

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