Women Rowing North

Women Rowing North

by Mary Pipher

Overview: Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be.

In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. “If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully,” Pipher writes, “we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.”

Faith Bowers (06/14/19): This is a NYTimes best seller in the non fiction list. I think Ms Pipher writes well and has many important ideas to share about the aging process and mindset during this future. I feel like the book should have been written towards both men and women because almost all could be for aging men as well. Some paragraphs and chapters impart much knowledge. There are other chapters which I already understood and use from my own life experience. There are a few stories of women learning as they age to let go of anger and find happiness.

The idea of embracing what we have no control over, aging and infirmities while understanding because of life experience, following her precepts life can get no better. I recommend this book for anyone in their 60s plus. As I said, hopefully much you already know but it is nice to read a well written understanding of the value of aging.
Rating: ***

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