Award winning author Frances Fuller offers a unique perspective on aging based on her own experience. Sharing her personal difficulties, memories and values, she reveals also the decisions she has made about how to live the final stage of her life.
WILMINGTON, NC, January 31, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Many of us hold negative views about aging. That is unfortunate, as our later years can be the impetus to help open doors we never expected to open. With age comes confidence and a greater sense of self worth. We probably won’t spend time worrying about unimportant things. We’ll be much wiser and will likely be able to make better decisions about what to do with all the free time we can now find in our daily schedule.
Award winning author Frances Fuller could not find a book that dealt effectively with the challenges of growing old, so she wrote one. In ‘Helping Yourself Grow Old: Things I Said To Myself When I Was Almost Ninety’, Frances deals with such issues as grief, loneliness, physical limitations, fears, duties, and with the significance of her own life story. The end result is a book unlike any other book on aging you will ever read. What is not surprising is that the book can serve as a primer on what lies in store for all of us, from someone who has worked through many of these issues. While the book is a perfect fit for book clubs there are many other individuals and groups who could benefit from the information and ideas in the book:
Those approaching retirement
People who are currently retired
Children of aging parents
Those who have lost a spouse
Retirement community discussion groups
Church groups (men and women)
and a host of others. For group discussions, Fuller has made a set of discussion questions available at her website at http://www.FrancesFullerAuthor.com.
In ‘Helping Yourself Grow Old’, Frances deals with common, universal but sometimes private issues in an open, conversational tone. Her confessions and decisions invite self-searching and discussion. She tries to make sense of her own past and to understand her responsibility to younger generations. In the process she shares her daily life, enriched with memories from her fascinating experiences. Her stories and her voice – fresh, honest, irresistible – keep the reader eager for more. The end result is a book that helps create a detailed map through the challenging terrain of old age.
Readers have lavished praise on the new book. One Amazon review stated, “I find myself thinking,’I need to read this again and take notes!’ It’s full of wisdom, humor, and grace. I also have committed to rereading it annually – it’s that important!” Another said, “There is valuable life experience in this book. Helping Yourself Grow Old is truly is a book for all ages, and one not to be missed.” Another stated, “Beautifully written book telling timeless truths, for both the old and the young. Highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to laugh, cry, and learn wisdom from someone who has lived so much life.”
Frances’ prior work, ‘In Borrowed Houses’, has taken three industry awards. Frances Fuller was the Grand Prize winner in the 2015 ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ Book Awards. It received the bronze medal for memoir in the Illumination Book Awards in 2014. Northern California Publishers and Authors annually gives awards for literature produced by residents of the area. In 2015 ‘In Borrowed Houses’ received two prizes: Best Non-fiction and Best Cover.
Critics have also praised ‘In Borrowed Houses.’ A judge in the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards called ‘In Borrowed Houses’ ” . . a well written book full of compassion . . . a captivating story . . . “. Another reviewer described the book as “Wise, honest, sensitive, funny, heart-wrenching . . .”. Colin Chapman, lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut said, ” . . . western Christians and Middle Eastern Christians need to read this story…full of remarkable perceptiveness and genuine hope.”
Frances Fuller is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. Fuller’s books are available at Amazon and other book retailers. A free ebook sample from ‘In Borrowed Houses’ is available at http://www.payhip.com/francesfuller. More information, including discussion questions for ‘Helping Yourself Grow Old’, is available at her website at http://www.francesfullerauthor.com.
Frances Fuller spent thirty years in the violent Middle East and for twenty-four of those years was the director of a Christian publishing program with offices in Lebanon. While leading the development of spiritual books in the Arabic language, she survived long years of civil war and invasions.
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