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.