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Beach Calling

A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond

Missy Buchanan • May 2019

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Aging doesn't take much effort—all you have to do is breathe. Aging faithfully is different. It requires intentional effort to stay focused on God as you make your way through a world of chaos and change.

Many women dread aging and resist thinking about it. Yet God designed the human body to change over time, and growing older is part of God's plan. How we handle the changes that accompany aging reveals much about our spiritual maturity.

Beach Calling takes a fresh approach to aging. Missy Buchanan uses comforting imagery from the beach and ocean to engage readers in spiritual reflection. In this devotional journal for women in their middle years and beyond, she guides readers to explore and embrace God's plan for growing older.

Each devotion focuses on a familiar aspect of beach life and leads the reader to a parallel lesson on aging. Each reading contains journaling prompts that invite readers to capture their thoughts in the journaling space provided. Beach Calling helps women accept and prepare for life transitions, including how to navigate the challenges of loss and decline. This inspiring resource leads readers to discover the hope and joy that faithful aging can bring.

For more information on the book, including a video about the book, visit this page.

Also available in a bundle with a tote bag and a pen.


Categories: Devotional, Women
An advocate for older adults, Missy Buchanan is an internationally recognized author and speaker on issues of aging faithfully, drawing from her personal experience as a caregiver for her own aging parents. She has appeared twice on Good Morning America with coanchor Robin Roberts, who describes Missy as “the rare soul that understands, truly understands, older adults: their fears, struggles, and hopes.” With thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook, Missy provides daily insight and encouragement for the journey of aging. Her first book, Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, remains a top seller in addition to seven other titles that are often found on bedside tables in senior living communities and in church libraries. Her newest book, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond, will release in summer 2019. Missy has been a speaker at hundreds of churches, senior living communities, and aging conferences including the National Boomer Ministry Conference, the Festival of Wisdom and Grace, and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network National Conference. She has delivered messages about caregiving and faithful aging to churches of many denominations, including the largest United Methodist Church in the United States—Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. She has also been a featured speaker aboard cruises for Educational Opportunities Tours. A resident of Rockwall, Texas, Missy enjoys regular visits to senior living communities in her area to see her older adult friends, being a greeter at her local church, and basking in her favorite role of all: grandmother.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1877-3

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1878-0

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1879-7

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20190517

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.718 in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Devotional Journal *

BISAC1: REL012150

BISAC2: REL012020

BISAC3: REL012120

Whether you are at the beach or just wish you were, Missy Buchanan's devotional journal for those of us in the middle years is a refreshing gift! Writing in an engaging style, she helped me feel my blood pressure going down as I read her words. Intertwining scripture, reflections, and questions with an emphasis on appreciating rather than dreading our middle years and beyond, this journal will inspire and bless you.
—Adam Hamilton Best-selling and award-winning author Senior Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Leawood, Kansas

In this beautiful book, Missy Buchanan captures the very essence of how I feel as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and fiercely independent, career-minded woman. At the younger end of the Baby Boomer generation, I find myself apprehensive of what is yet to come. I feel comforted after reading Missy’s words, and the journaling prompts soothed my soul. —Sabrina R. Porter, president and CEO of Christian Care Communities and Services

Reading Missy Buchanan’s devotional book Beach Calling was a peaceful daily visit to the water’s edge. Alongside the author, I felt the warmth of the sun, heard the lap of the waves, and enjoyed the sensation of sand under my feet. Missy is a wonderful spiritual guide who invites us to draw closer to God, reclaim the wonder of childhood, embrace aging as a beautiful part of life’s journey, and discover God’s blessings of growing older. Each devotion is sprinkled with scriptures and inspiring suggestions and offers ample space for journaling and reflection.
—Dr. Jan Davis, Senior Pastor, Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Missy Buchanan has crafted a thoughtful devotional that draws us closer to God as we consider our own aging. Full of hope, Beach Calling encourages those in the second half of life to let go of denial and fear and instead embrace and celebrate the gifts of growing older. I hope every Baby Boomer will take time to reflect on the message of this book.
—Amy Hanson, PhD (amyhanson.org), Author of Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults Over 50