This is the first of the authors’ four books dealing with the mid-life crisis. Mid-life faces each of us with a crucial choice: Will I or will I not hold fast to the security of the familiar? Will I or will I not go on living the second half of life out of the same meanings, values and goals as I did in the first half of life? Will I petrify? Will I regress? Using Jungian personality theory and the Christian doctrines of creation and incarnation as bases, this book integrates theories from adult development psychology with the ancient wisdom and modern methods of theological reflection. that form the structure of our lives, for narrative can sustain one through the hiatus between the first and second halves of life. The book, also, encourages the reader to experience prayer and meditation as creative ways through the faith crisis of the mid-life years. In a variety of ways Mid-Life Psychological And Spiritual Perspectives will speak to a variety of readers engaged in negotiating a time of crisis, a crisis which can culminate in a new dynamism if it is creatively met.
Janice Brewi and Anne Brennan are the founders of Mid-Life Directions, an organization that supports individuals through mid-life crises and beyond. This is their foundational work, back in print, updated, and with a new Preface.