Friday, March 21, 2014
Book Review: Johann Christoph Arnold's Rich in Years
Summary: Arnold is now in his seventies, and with age he has had to put in practice all of what he says in this book. From accepting the fact you are older, to also making peace with your pass, he lets each chapter be a guide for those that are aging. He also includes scripture from the Bible, and comfort as well, and gives uplifting advice in living older richly.
Characters: The strongest point of this very short book is that Arnold uses real people to bring what he wants each chapter to teach to life. He also even includes photos of some of the people that he uses to share stories of their own experiences growing older. So not only do you have their stories to feel it's easy to relate to, but you also have their photos that gives you an all around way to get to know them. Not only does Arnold use real life stories, but he also uses Biblical characters to keep the story also Biblical based. I feel though that the book is so short it may lack a bit of the impact from just sharing them in a brief way without too much insight.
Writing: The writing as said doesn't elaborate enough, and at times for me felt it was rambling for even the short chapters already given to each subject. I don't know why, but I didn't feel the emotional connection to what he was saying, and I could see the appeal in what he was saying, but perhaps I'm not at an age where it resonates with me as much just yet.
Plot: Well it isn't like there is a plot considering it is non-fiction, but I think the book is at least well laid out in giving each chapter a direction, and growing toward where it is going. The book begins with sharing information about getting older to ending it with accepting it. Now one thing that bothered me is that sometimes begin reading a chapter, and then have to refer back to the chapter title to remember the topic I was reading about. I wasn't just naturally aware of it through what the chapter was writing about. He also incorporates a lot of quotes that aren't his, and it distracted me from what the chapter was trying to say in the first place.
Now I think this book can be a good resource, but I felt it could have been a lot deeper as well. I would consider keeping this book on my shelf, because as I grow older it could be a comfort. For me though I'm much more logical driven in this sense, and sometimes my reassurances need to be a lot deeper based. I feel this book provides community and encouragement for those who are already older, but it won't bring you anything you might not know.
Rating 6.5 of 10.
This book was provided by Plough publishing through Handlebar Marketing in exchange for review.