The Wonder Years: 40 Women over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength

“It’s time to stop dreading and start embracing the wonder of life after 40.”


AVAILABLE: Currently available from Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

EDITOR: Leslie Leyland Fields

PUBLISHER: Kregel Publications

SYNOPSIS: Women past a certain age often feel like they are fading into the background of life. The nest is emptying, limitations are increasing, and fear about aging and the years ahead grow. Even women of faith can feel a waning sense of value, regardless of biblical examples of godly women yielding fruit long after their youth is gone. But despite a youth-obsessed culture, the truth is that the second half of life can often be the richest.

It’s time to stop dreading and start embracing the wonder of life after 40. Here, well-known women of faith from 40 to 85 tackle these anxieties head-on and upend them with humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom. These compelling and poignant first-person stories are from amazing and respected authors including:

  • Elisa Morgan on Dogs and Belonging
  • Elisabeth Elliot on Sacrifice and Offering
  • Jennifer Dukes Lee on Drinking in God’s Love
  • Jennifer Grant on Diving In
  • Jen Pollock Michel on Facing the End
  • Joni Eareckson Tada on Pain and Provision
  • Kay Warren on Joy and Holy Fun
  • Kendra Smiley on the Freedom of Fun
  • Lauren Winner on Living with Intention
  • Luci Shaw on Embracing Adventure
  • Lynne Hybels on the Necessity of Pleasure
  • Madeleine L’Engle on Honoring Touch
  • Patricia Raybon on Answering the Phone
  • Paula Huston on Living Outdoors
  • Shannon Ethridge on the Miracles in Mistakes
  • Sheila Wise Rowe on Following God’s Lead
  • Vina Mogg on the Beauty of Mess
  • Charity Singleton Craig on This Is My Body
  • Jill Kandel on ‘Tilting Toward’ and on ‘The Legacy We Leave Behind.’

These women provide much-needed role models–not for aging gracefully but for doing so honestly, faithfully, and with eyes open to wonder and deep theology along the way. Each essay provides insight into God’s perspective on these later years, reminding readers that it’s possible to serve the kingdom of God and His people even better with a little extra life experience to guide you.

The Wonder Years is an inspiring and unforgettable guide to making these years the most fruitful and abundant of your life.

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Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.

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