"Life's second half represents an ideal curriculum for spiritual growth," writes Drew Leder in this exploration of the age-related passages of a sacred journey. The author, who teaches Western and Eastern philosophy at Loyola College in Maryland, taps into all the world's religions for insights into qualities which can be unfurled by elders such as awareness and acceptance, wisdom and play, service and rest, suffering and joy.

Leder has chosen special guides to stimulate spirituality in our hearts and souls: Buddha, an Aikido master, a Hindu sage, Jesus, the biblical Sarah, Scrooge, and a Native American elder. Here is a substantive and sacred model for aging that celebrates self-exploration, embracing change, service, suffering, transformation, and facing death. This practical and profound work is an ideal gift for all friends turning 60 and a perfect manual for all the others who are elders in training.