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The Chalice of Life
Arthor: F. W. Boreham 
A Book Review 
By psychologist, Bruce L. Thiessen, Ph.D., aka, Dr BLT 

Song about the book, and inspired by the book:

*Chalice of Life*
words and music by Dr BLT © 2008
http://www.drblt.net/music/Chalice2Demo2.mp3

What a drag it is getting old. So goes the line from that Rolling Stones classic, Mother’s Little Helper.  But that was before The Chalice of Life by F. Boreham came out.  Boreham’s view on growing old is, in fact the exact antithesis of the sentiment expressed in that big song about mother’s little pills.  

We all face developmental challenges throughout the lifespan, and they are challenges, and not problems, when we adopt a divine world view, as Boreham has not only adopted, but has consistently celebrated.  

Boreham is able to face old age because he faces it all as a child---with a child-like wonder and a child-like curiosity.  Ironically enough, we, as human beings cannot mature without approaching life as a child.  

Boreham knows that growing old is no walk in the park, but if you’re a man, struggling to walk with the same spring in your walk that you once knew, you’ll find that reading this book helps you find that spring even as it allows you to begin taking the journey in stride, and with a renewed sense of anticipation for what wonders the future may have in store.  

This book of essays, taken a decade at time, won’t take the wrinkles out of your skin, but it will cause you to feel more comfortable in that skin, wrinkled, tattooed, or both.  

Western civilization curses age and worships youth.  But the problem with youth is that it slips away faster than a shake of a stick, or the blink of an eye.  And when it’s over, you’re deemed irrelevant, and you’re hung out to dry.   

Boreham is not blind to the potential pitfalls and dangers associated with growing older.  It’s just that he sees them as an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth.  Some may assume he sees the world through rose-colored glasses.  I would argue that he sees the world through God-colored glasses.  

Being a strong advocate of this perspective, when confronted with the expression, “It’s all good,” I respond by saying, “Well, it may not all be good, but it’s all God.”  That is to say, that, as believers, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we’re able to take even those circumstances that appear disastrous, and turn them into victories.  The Psalmist said, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me…”  And indeed, for the believer, “All things work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose.”  

Oh the lengths that folks will go to these days to look younger!  But no matter what tricks you may apply to turn back nature’s hands of time, the only thing that does not need to age is the soul.

For those who have allowed their souls to age, this group of essays is an extreme make-over for the soul.  If you want to get depressed, read the news.  If you want to get inspired, read The Chalice of Life.  

Though this book, you’ll find a bit more bounce in those bones, even if those bones have turned a bit brittle over the years.  Jesus said he came to this world, not only to give life, but to offer life---more abundantly.  In these essays, Boreham draws from his highly productive life in the ministry to show us the way to the abundant life.  Some bide their time.  Boreham turned his time into treasure.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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