Resilience: Aging with Vision, Hope and Courage in a Time of Crisis
A journey into the wisdom, maturity, and resilience of age in a time of crisis.
A journey into the wisdom, maturity, and resilience of age in a time of crisis.
We are living in an era of unprecedented world-wide crises: COVID-19, climate change, overpopulation and the unravelling of civilization as we know it. Who wouldn’t be worried? This book is for those over 65 wrestling with fear, despair, insecurity, and loneliness in these frightening times.
A blend of psychology, self-help, and spirituality, it’s meant for all who hunger for facts, respect, compassion, and meaningful resources to light their path ahead. As a 74-year old member of this demographic, John Robinson's goal is to move you from fear and paralysis to growth and engagement. Acknowledging the inspiring resilience and wisdom of our hard-won maturity, the challenge of these difficult times, and the skills necessary for survival, he invites you on a personal journey of transformation and renewal into a new consciousness and a new world.
The "Resilience Series" is the result of an intensive, collaborative effort of our authors in response to the 2020 coronavirus epidemic. Each volume offers expert advice for developing the practical, emotional and spiritual skills that you can master to become more resilient in a time of crisis.
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5 Star rating: Dr. Robinson has spoken and written extensively about aging. But this book has a tag line, “Finding our way together.” And he does! An amazing synthesis of the world and our eternal nature awaits you. Dr. Robinson offers a way forward for humanity amidst the chaos and problems of the world. He listed the gifts we elders have to give to humanity. I was heartened to see how we can bless so many others. I was jolted by so many insights: vocation, deep gladness, mystical consciousness, depression being the betrayal of the soul, what is versus what we think there is, why the world is in crisis, belong to creation - not rule it. Page after page I discovered answers that resonated with my soul. He states, “Community is the cure”. Dr. Robinson articulates what my soul already knows but what I couldn’t clearly see or say. He gives clear exercises for the reader to heal from the crises we face, and to move forward anew. I had a conversation with my soul. You will, too. This book can turn the world-weary elder into an active blessing to humanity. ~ Carl Gann, Goodreads
5 Star rating: If you are over 65 or love people who are, this book is for you right now in the midst of the COVID crisis. It is tailored to the feelings that are so common right now - helping us be resilient in the face of fear, change, insecurity, and loneliness. The book is a blend of psychology, self-help and spirituality and contains meaningful resources for the spiritual seeker who wants to weather this time with resilience and transformation. There is truth and inspiration both - and the hope of a real societal transformation which we deeply need. ~ mca, Amazon
5 Star rating: In Aging in a Time of Crisis, John Robinson challenges and inspires. He strips bare the follies of our modern, acquisitive, frayed lives by detailing the multiple human-created crises we face, novel corona virus just one among the many. Then, as balm he opens us to the power and of potential that these same frightening circumstances hold, if only we would stop and invite ourselves into awareness and engagement with them. He takes us from fear and pain to insight and possibilities by sharing his own wisdom along with stories and quotes from theologians, authors and mystics. Aging in a Time of Crisis is not for the faint of heart. Robinson is unsparing in his description of the many self-imposed problems our world and humanity face. But his message of hope is equally strong. He reminds us that each of us can take a journey into our deepest selves, our very souls, and to reemerge armed with knowledge, wisdom and power for facing these days and making a difference, creating a better future. ~ J. Valdes-Dapena, Amazon
5 Star rating: I read John Robinson's Resilience: Aging with Vision, Hope and Courage in a Time of Crisis with a bit of reluctance. I'm not quite in the group he speaks to; I'm 57, although I have many friends and family members in their 70s and 80s and we discuss the topics addressed in this book often. Also, the book speaks to many of the world's problems, from epidemics to climate change to inequality, without giving this generation the acknowledgment that they are actually responsible for the biggest expansion in human rights and standards of living worldwide that civilization has ever seen. But the book compelled me so I stuck with it. Robinson includes detailed information and exercises on mysticism, and I think for these chapters the book is very valuable. My interest is Christian mysticism. Robinson approaches mysticism from a more culturally diverse perspective. He teaches the valuable lesson that mystical practices, very common across cultures, can reunite the world in a spiritual way that religious traditions cut off from their mystical roots never can. His meditation on the valleys spoken of in the Sufi lesson of the birds is a great place for anyone to begin their mystical journey. These practices were commonplace before the shift in culture that led to the problems that Robinson addresses existed. Perhaps a return to them will help us better get in touch with the negatives, and the positives, of our actions and reignite the promise that this generation can bring to the earth. ~ Nicole H., Amazon
5 Star rating: As someone who's 39, I'm not in the perfect target demographic for this book. But perhaps the book's description is too limited in that regard. I often think about my long-term future, and envision the process of aging. I'd like to be the type of person who uses the ideas in this book to survive and thrive, whether in the pandemic or more peaceful times. Aging with wisdom, grace, and foresight are underappreciated skills, and I hope many more people of my age - as well as those over 65 - take advantage of the insights in this book. ~ Gleb 11, Amazon
4 Star rating: This book is very good and useful to someone of my generation (65+) and also sobering, reminding us that we are at least approaching our twilight if not already in it. It offers us hope and a way through this time of coronavirus presenting an unusual paradigm for action. First the author paints a portrait of the environment, one worse than today’s headline grabbing coved-19 pandemic, inclusive of global warming and a global tailspin, a threat to our and future generations. Then he shows us how to take a personal journey using the resources of religion, science, psychology and mysticism providing easy to follow exercises. If we will it try his methodology and practice it, we will age well, weather the current storm, find hope and emerge as stronger individuals who might just leave this world a better place. ~ Joseph F Duffy, author of 'Being a Supervisor 1.0', Amazon
5 Star rating: John Robinson's new book is a profound guide for those of us who are in our second half of life. He encourages us to a new awakening as we discover and act on the gifts of our souls. With the crisis of the corona virus and three other major upheavals upon us, we face dangers of being paralyzed that would undermine our resilience and courage. Robinson calls us to trust new revelations on our journey, believing that we are deeply beloved by the wisdom of our divine Creator and blessed by her sacred creation. I found that his practical recommendations and conclusions to challenge me to " turn aging into gifts of wisdom and empowerment." ~ Ben Wagener - Retired Pastor, Amazon
5 Star rating: John Robinson’s most recent book is a powerhouse of the profound and the practical. With his usual knockout of academia (thought) and spirituality (consciousness), he weaves a riveting story of the assault on mother earth, the pandemic designed to get our attention and the necessity of spiritual growth to deal with it all. This treatise will provide more bang for your book than you can imagine as it contains gems of insight and enlightenment from all of his previous books. This compelling story is very personal to you as it provides questions to ask yourself that will guide you on your journey to understanding, action, and peace. ~ , Amazon
The need for this book is so urgent. A brilliant and comprehensive manual for understanding and surviving this very challenging and confusing time. ~ Anne Baring, Ph. D. (Hons.), co-author of The Myth of the Goddess