Finding Your Calling
for the Rest of Your
By R. Paul Stevens
160 pages. $16
THIS IS a call to take seriously God’s
dealing with us in the last half of life,
particularly in the retirement years.
Paul Stevens is a theology professor emeritus at Regent College,
Vancouver, and writes from a lifetime of experience as a pastor,
professor and small businessman.
He takes everyday life and work
seriously, as we see in his many
previous books (
Here the author creatively sug-
gests “Reframing Retirement” as a
potentially productive time for
seniors, examines “The Immensely
Important Matter of Late-Life
Calling” and offers a biblical study
of “Late-Life Calling and the People
Part two considers in turn “Aging
as a Spiritual Journey,” “The Vices
of Aging” and “The Virtues of Late
Part three has interesting chap-
ters on “Leaving a Multifaceted
Legacy,” “Life Review and Life
Preview,” and “The End That Is the
Beginning.” Fittingly it closes with
an “Epilogue: A Reflection at the
Each chapter ends with a valu-
able study guide for group study or
This is a well-researched, readable study. It faces the certainty of
death with refreshing candour,
biblical insight and practical wisdom. This may well be Stevens’
most significant work. I agree with
critic Marilyn McEntyre, who calls
it “an invigorating vision of final
years lived generously and purposefully.” –ALLISON TRI TES
Embers: One Ojib way’s
By Richard Wagamese
Douglas & McIntyre, 2016.
175 pages. $18.95
RICHARD WAGAMESE first
shared the meditations found in Embers on his
Facebook page. Countless followers, including
me, waited excitedly for his next post so they
could read the wisdom he had to impart.
Douglas & McIntyre, who previously published
Wagamese’s 2012 bestseller Indian Horse, also
realized the power of his words to move people
and proposed publishing them as a collection.
We are fortunate he agreed.
Wagamese understood human beauty,
strength, frailty and pain. His meditations offer
an honest, courageous and sometimes humorous
portrayal of who he was, who he had become and
his Creator’s presence during his journey.
Portrayed against a background of nature
photographs, the meditations leave little
doubt about Wagamese’s faith in his Creator.
Whether sharing his personal reflections or his
conversations with his Creator, both coming out
of his daily spiritual practice, he had an ability to
bridge his Ojibway spiritual beliefs to the faith
life of people from diverse faith perspectives.
Wagamese wrote, “Creator is everywhere
and divine light shines through everything and
everyone all the time. My work is to look for that
light. In those fleeting, glorious instances when I
see it, I am made more, right then, right there.”
As Christians, we too are called to look for
God’s presence made visible in the world and
the people around us. Wagamese innately
understood this, and it is in these glimpses of
God our faith is affirmed.
Wagamese is also the author of novels such
as Keeper’n Me, Ragged Company and Medicine
Walk. He did not have an easy life. He inherited
the scars of residential school from his family,
and those scars stayed with him until his death
on March 9, 2017. He will be missed.
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covering and revealing layers, combining rough, textural marks with watery, ephemeral drips can create a
painting that emanates hope and inspiration, then I have achieved my goal.”
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