It’s a fact of life — as we age, our fluid intelligence declines. This is the type of thinking that involves coming up with novel solutions to problems. However, we need not despair because our crystallized intelligence grows. Crystallized intelligence refers to knowledge obtained through experience, and the ability to apply that knowledge. The Bible would call it wisdom.
Arthur Brooks explores the ways that we can continue to enjoy life, work and relationships as we grow older. To do that we may need to shift gears, make career changes, and spend more time with the people we love. As we age we often come to realize what is really important to us and pursue goals that are more fulfilling. We can also remain valuable contributors to society by sharing what we have learned as teachers and mentors.
The author boils his advice down to seven words:
*Worship the divine
He also suggests that as we grow older, we should consider:
*What activities will I keep?
*What activities will I evolve and do differently?
*What new activities will I learn?
VERDICT: 4 STARS. Interesting, well-written and thought provoking. This book is not specifically Christian, but the author is Catholic and draws on his religious understanding, as well as those of other faiths.