BookView Review: My Days with Emma: A Soulful Path to Elderhood by Paul Dunion EdD

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Publication Date: January 21, 2023

Publisher: Atmosphere Press

Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN: 978-1-63988-571-8

List Price: $17.99 USD Trade Paperback

Page Count: 214

Audience: Adult

 

Dunion offers an informative guidebook for being a valued resource while aging, shedding light on how maturity can be a worthy way to serve in the final journey of life in his latest book. He is genuinely candid as he shares his own vulnerabilities, exposing his initial fears and insecurities about aging. In 2020, two years after receiving a diagnosis of Ménière’s disease, Dunion realized the severity of his ailment, finding himself questioning the transient nature of life’s journey and pondering how exactly he wanted to age. His questions took him to eighty-one-year-old Emma, a psychotherapist, who mentored him into elderhood. Written alternatively in a dialogue-form between Dunion and Emma and Dunion’s first-person voice, the book delves into important life questions of mortality, what aging really is, and what a soulful path to elderhood looks like. Dunion shares the mythologist Michael Meade’s quote to delve into how ‘being elder’ is different from ‘being older’: “The elders carry a greater vision of life because they develop insight into their own lives. They face up to whatever fate had in store for them and found threads of destiny amidst the illusions and delusions of life.” Dunion’s exploration of mortality, aging, and what it means to step into elderhood is insightful and thoroughly engaging. The charm of this book lies in Dunion’s relatable writing, which shows the complex emotions of a man in his twilight years who has finally found the threads of purpose and meaning amidst the illusions and delusions of life. A refreshingly original, insightful look into how to age with grace.

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