Ripening Time

Ripping Time CoverInside Stories for Aging with Grace. Sherry Ruth Anderson. Changemaker Books/John Hunt Publications, 2013.  Available as an e-book.

Ripening Time presents a new perspective on aging through the art of inner inquiry. We enter the inside stories beyond the culture’s mind traps, listening as elders name the lies they’ve believed for too long and uncover the tender and bittersweet and ferocious truths of growing old. The stories become an indispensable compass to a new kind of maturity where aging can be a fruition, the genuine grace and gift of human ripening.


Sherry Anderson opened one door when she co-authored The Feminine Face of God. Now she opens another. With honesty, wealth of experience, and penetrating questions, she leads us again. The issue, she says, is not to know the map [of elderhood], but to be the map. These writings are a rich and important resource for all who wonder how to reach the true harvest of their lives. You will not be disappointed.Paula D’Arcy, author of Waking Up To This Day, and Gift of the Red Bird

In Ripening Time, Sherry Anderson’s voice inviting us to join her in a rich maturity is indeed the medium and the message: it is warm, thoughtful, gentle, curious, open-minded, knowledgeable, and confident. Perhaps it will help shift the cultural bias from “Over the hill” to “Wow! Enjoying the view.”Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is An Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life

This book is a harvest of shining wisdom—earthy, funny, lyrical, and very human. Maturity, Anderson says, is as complex and rich as an old-vine wine. And it is hard work—the fruit of a life lived with honesty, soul, and care for others. Stand by and for what you love, she urges, and the miracle will happen! – Janine Canan, author of Messages from Amma and She Rises Like the Sun.

Here is the book I’ve been waiting for—an expression of hard-earned wisdom that reveals aging as a journey of profound transformation. – Rabbi Shefa Gold, Author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, and  Deepening Love.

Sherry Anderson’s wise and poetic new book is an indispensable guide in our youth driven culture. It opens the way for Baby Boomers to ask ourselves the right questions, so we can enter what can be the richest time of our lives.  – Sandra Maitri, author of The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul, and The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home.

Anderson explores the questions of maturity with depth, sensitivity, and humor, in a voice that is at once touchingly personal and deeply wise. A must read for anyone over 55.Roger Housden, author of the best-selling Ten Poems series, and in 2014, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion.

…Anderson’s beautifully written exploration of becoming an elder is a conversation that reverberates inside the reader. – Diane Wolkstein,  author,  Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth and The Magic Orange Tree.

Ripening Time invites the reader to engage the aging process with an imaginative boldness— challenging the lies we’ve been told, confronting our fears and offering a compass for the years ahead. This is a book you will want to keep with you as you continue becoming a wise elder. – Nancy Sylvester, President of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue; former President, Leadership Council for Women Religious.

The perfect book for baby boomers (and all who love us) on our next frontier— aging. By sharing her personal quest and the art of inner inquiry, Sherry Anderson guides us outside our mind traps into the possibility of a grace-filled reality. – Jessica Britt, Founding Teacher, Diamond Approach North Sea (DANS), The Netherlands.

Luminous, tender and wise, Sherry Anderson’s beautiful book encourages us to face what we so often avoid—the inevitability of our own aging. Without sugar coating the hardships, she leads us into uncharted territory. Through her eyes, we realize that far from dark and dreadful, old age is a stage of life graced with gifts and blessings every bit as abundant as those of youth. – Jalaja Bonheim, author of Evolving Towards Peace.

What great timing! As women are leaping ahead in assuming leadership roles, Anderson draws on her considerable experience and wisdom to offer a guide to growing wise and big-hearted, along with growing old. She teaches with great stories, leads by gently inviting and encourages with obvious love and care. – David Kundtz, author of Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World.

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  1. Sherry, congratulations on your book launch! This book will inspire, support and help many people – it’s a poetry.

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