Though the shadow side of aging is a reality, author Missy Buchanan brings spiritual
light and nourishment to people in the later years of life. Older adults struggle with
chronic pain and diminished physical abilities. They contend with losses that pile up like
the dry bones in the prophet Ezekiel's vision—the loss of loved ones and friends, the
loss of their home and belongings, the loss of independence, and the loss of purpose.
In a culture that values youth more than age, older adults often feel forgotten and
Each chapter of From Dry Bones to Living Hope opens with an intimate, prayerful
lament to God from the perspective of the older adult who longs for spiritual renewal
and purpose. The authentic voice of lament establishes credibility with older readers
who yearn for others to empathize with their struggles. The second part of each
chapter, "Cultivating Hope," guides them to God's perspective on aging and specific
actions they can take that lead to hope and joy.