The Book that Gets Better with Age
LID Publishing (2016)
Reviewed by Tracey Rock for Reader Views (06/17)
Anyone that has ever pondered questions about life or getting older will find Tim Love’s, “The Book that Gets Better with Age: Observations Through the Looking Glass of Aging” hard to resist. This is not simply a book about getting old, and it's not necessarily designed to only be read by Baby Boomers. In fact, the meaning of the word, “old,” Love explains, is not what it used be. Love uses his experiences to give those who are younger, a glimpse of the future of life. It's an opportunity, as Love explains, to share perspective on things that tend to get better as we age.
“The Book that Gets Better with Age” is filled with insight, inspiration and reflections. Each chapter is designed to continuously engage the reader with interesting and fun stories of taking naps, finding perspective, and appreciating the ability to know when, where, and why to say no.
As someone who is younger than Love, but still reaching a major milestone in the aging department, I reached for this book out of simple curiosity. I wondered if Love could really have anything more to say that I haven’t already heard or experienced myself. For me, this book contained affirmations of my own past experiences. In Chapter 23–Owning You, Love has the following comment on knowing yourself, “And when you stay honest to that ownership of self- accepting all your mistakes, your successes, your areas of improvement, the strengths that form your foundation, your passions, you live a little bit freer. A little more creatively. A little bit more you, every day.” Did I know this already? Sure, of course I did. Was it nice reading it again? Absolutely!
Love’s stories, quotes, sayings and reflections are what you will find yourself reaching for time and again for fun, gentle reminders, or simply as a conversation piece. It’s timeless and well suited for any age. There were wonderful scenarios that hit home and even some that allowed me to reflect upon my own past with the notion of, “if I knew then, what I know now…” The stories are light, and well-written. The poetry and lyrics were well-chosen to compliment our every day thoughts. The illustrations were incredible. The book is not too long or cumbersome (72 pages from beginning to end). So, sit back and enjoy – I highly recommend “The Book that Gets Better with Age” by Tim Love!