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A DELIGHTFUL LITTLE BOOK ON AGING, by Stephanie Raffelock, #Review



Stephanie Raffelock

Genre: Inspirational / Spiritual / Essays / Self-Help

Publisher: She Writes Press

Publication Date: April 28, 2020

Number of Pages: 119 pages

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All around us, older women flourish in industry, entertainment, and politics. Do they know something that we don’t, or are we all just trying to figure it out? For so many of us, our hearts and minds still feel that we are twenty-something young women who can take on the world. But in our bodies, the flexibility and strength that were once taken for granted are far from how we remember them. Every day we have to rise above the creaky joints and achy knees to earn the opportunity of moving through the world with a modicum of grace. 

Yet we do rise, because it’s a privilege to grow old, and every single day is a gift. Peter Pan’s mantra was, “Never grow up”; our collective mantra should be, “Never stop growing.” This collection of user-friendly stories, essays, and philosophies invites readers to celebrate whatever age they are with a sense of joy and purpose and with a spirit of gratitude.

PRAISE for A Delightful Little Book on Aging:

“Where are the elders? The wise women, the crones, the guardians of truth here to gently, lovingly, and playfully guide us towards the fulfillment of our collective destiny? It turns out that they are right here, in our midst, and Stephanie Raffelock is showcasing the reclamation of aging as a moment of becoming, no longer a dreaded withering into insignificance. A Delightful Little Book on Aging lays down new and beautiful tracks for the journey into our richest, deepest, and wildest years.” – Kelly Brogan, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller A Mind of Your Own

“A helpful, uplifting work for readers handling the challenges of growing older.” – Kirkus Reviews


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This truly is a special book coming at a perfect time; I didn't know I was looking for it, and there it was.

Stephanie Raffelock, in a gentle but knowing voice, has written a sweet page turner, with gems of wisdom in easy doses. Never preachy, she tells poignant stories (the parakeet), she shows us to reach further in our aging years (a whole section after my own heart on creativity and writing), and she reminds us how important friends are. Stephanie encourages laughter . She's even proposed a theory about evil twin baby (Baby Plane), and I do believe she's hit on a real truth. Stephanie even reminds us to stop and enjoy Christmas.

I want to give this book to all my girlfriends (and not just because we are the age demographic!). How wonderful to be reminded that aging is a blessing and to be embraced instead of suffered. This book has some truths for those looking ahead, too. It is also a pick-me-up. And it is such a beautiful book! It's compact but with a strong hardback and a beautiful little cover. The pages are laid out in very pleasing portions, and the sections are well organized, replete with fun symbols. This is the kind of book I'll keep where it can be picked up for a quick dip. I've even thrown it into my purse, "just in case."

I've become a huge fan of She Writes Press in the last year, and this book lives up to what I've come to expect of them. (It also is a great example of what a self-help memoir can do). It is Indie publishing with an extremely polished, traditional feel. I hope you'll give A DELIGHTFUL LITTLE BOOK ON AGING more than a look.

Bravo Stephanie, and thank you for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'll be purchasing more (and I've already purchased the audio!).

Stephanie Raffelock is the author of A Delightful Little Book on Aging  (She Writes Press, April 2020). A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics, she has penned articles for numerous publications, including the Aspen Times, the Rogue Valley Messenger, Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, Care2.com, and SixtyandMe.com. Stephanie is part of the positive-aging movement, which encourages viewing age as a beautiful and noble passage, the fruition of years that birth wisdom and deep gratitude for all of life.  She’s a recent transplant to Austin, Texas, where she enjoys life with her husband, Dean, and their Labrador retriever, Jeter (yes, named after the great Yankee shortstop). 

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TWO WINNERS: Signed hardcover copy of A Delightful Little Book on Aging + a set of 50 pocket inspirations

ONE WINNER: A set of 50 pocket inspirations

JULY 7-19, 2020




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