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Confessions of four friends through thick and thin : now that we're old enough to know better
Gaither, Gloria.
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Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, 2001.
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265 pages ; 23 cm
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The four Christian friends Gloria Gaither, Peggy Benson, Sue Buchanan and Joy MacKenzie have reached that "now-that-I'm-old-enough" age where they can enjoy a fresh perspective on life. They take time in these pages to reflect with one another and with readers on how their experiences and maturity have altered the view of life they held in their younger years.

Author Notes

Gloria Gaither is a lyricist, author, speaker, scriptwriter for the Homecoming Video Series, and former adjunct professor of songwriting at Anderson University
Peggy Benson speaks from her perspective as a mother of five, grandmother of fourteen, wife (and now a widow), faithful church member, and creative interior home designer
Sue Buchanan is the former vice president of Dynamic Media, Inc
Joy MacKenzie is chairman of the English department in a Nashville high school and the mother of two daughters

Table of Contents

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Forewordp. 11
Introduction: Now That We're Old Enough to Know Better ... We Know That We'll Never Know What We're Going to Be When We Grow Up!p. 15
Now That We're Old Enough to Know Better
Coming Full Circlep. 21
Oh! That Kind of Confessions!p. 24
This Child Is a Motherp. 29
Build an Ark ... Uh, Grass Hutp. 33
Confessions about ... Prayer
I Don't Know Whether to Pray or Eat a Two-Pound Box of Chocolatesp. 38
Sometimes I Can't Sleep, Lordp. 41
Prayer on Wheelsp. 43
Prayer and Peanut Butterp. 46
My Secret Sanctuaryp. 50
I Know That a Johnny-on-the-Spot Prayer Is Better Than No Prayer at All!p. 53
Where Could I Go from Your Presence, Lord?p. 55
I Don't Want to Be the Most Significant Influence in My Children's Livesp. 57
I've Discovered the Benefits of Biting My Tongue When It Comes to My Kids (Ouch, Ooo, Yowl!)p. 60
I'll Take All the Help I Can Get!p. 65
I Realize I've Been Praying Wrong My Whole Lifep. 68
Come, Lord Jesusp. 71
Confessions about ... Life-Shaping Moments
Rembrandt, Ziploc Bags, and a Blankiep. 74
I Know the Value of My Blankie!p. 77
There's Just Something about Waterp. 80
I Know That If Your Old Boyfriend Doesn't Remember You, It's Because He's Senile, Not Because You Didn't Make an Impact!p. 84
I Realize That People Seldom Make Me Furious; It's Inanimate Objects That Drive Me Crazyp. 87
Sacred Memoriesp. 91
Listen to the Seap. 95
I Know That Not All Sacraments Are Given in Churchp. 97
"Be Anxious for Nothing"p. 100
We've Been Driving through the Mountains, Lordp. 103
I Know When My Stomach Can't Take Another Hitp. 105
I Know That the Journey Home Means Reclaiming the Steps along the Wayp. 107
Moments Aren't Just "For the Birds"p. 113
Oh Jesus, Prayer Words Are Ineffective Todayp. 119
Confessions about ... Relationships
The Only Thing We Have in Common Is Our Use of Big Wordsp. 122
Are You My Mother? (Move Over, P. D. Eastman)p. 125
I Know That Friendship Doesn't Come Cheap!p. 130
Pooh and Mep. 132
Lord, My Friend Is Depletedp. 135
It's All in How You Look at Itp. 137
Lamentations of a "Best" Friendp. 140
Thank You, Lord, for Friendsp. 142
I Know It's All in How You Wear Your Hairp. 144
I Know That the Future Is Longer Than the Next Term of Officep. 145
Sometimes a Story Is Just Too Good to Keep!p. 147
I Finally Admit That a (mumble) Makes Life Sooo Much Easier (Don't Tell Joy!)p. 149
I'm Not Afraid of Artichokes!p. 151
I'm Sure I'd Never Name a Dog Fyodor, Much Less a Child!p. 154
The Best Things in Lifep. 156
I Know There Are No Simple Answers: For Peggy on the Anniversary of Tom's Deathp. 158
Whispering Hopep. 160
Confessions about ... Perspective
I May Be from West Virginia, but I Have Eaten Outp. 164
I Know That Concave Is Not a Bra Size ... and Neither Is 42 Long!p. 167
Point and Clickp. 170
I Don't Always Know Who I Am ... but He Does!p. 173
I Know That Freedom Is More Than Fireworks over the Oceanp. 177
I Know That "Red and Yellow, Black and White, All Are Precious in His Sight," Even Means a Green Personp. 180
I Know That We Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Madep. 185
Silence Is Not a Bad Word!p. 187
I Know That This Race Is Not a Sprint but a Marathonp. 190
Lord, You Are Teaching Me the Importance of Finishing the Racep. 193
I Know It's All in How You Tell the Storyp. 195
I Still Don't Get It!p. 198
A Wish for the Journeyp. 201
Islands of Faithp. 203
This Island's an Arsenal of Memoriesp. 205
I Know That God Can Handle Things without Me (Who'da Thought?)p. 207
Mind Wanderings--or Wonderings--on the Subject of Celebrity (At This Age, the Two Words Are Nearly Synonymous!)p. 208
I Have a Good Rememberie!p. 210
Lord, Sometimes I Feel Guilty for Being Stillp. 214
Congessions aboutPassages
Like Gloria Says, "We're Just Four Little Girls in Grandmothers' Bodies"p. 218
Lord, It's a New Dayp. 221
Befuddledp. 223
I Try Not to Look Too Surprised!p. 225
Wrinkles Are a Mark of Characterp. 227
I Admit It! I Think I Might Be Addicted to Metamucilp. 229
Just Like Laundry, Life Piles Up!p. 232
Change Is Progress: Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Backp. 235
We Thought We Needed More Informationp. 239
Effeciency A+, Life Effect C-p. 241
Saying Good-Bye to Nantucketp. 246
Lord, It Is Harvest Timep. 249
Just Old Enough to Knowp. 252
I've Stopped Looking for That Perfect Age (In Fact, I Think I May Have Missed It)p. 253
We Have This Moment, Todayp. 256
Losing Is Better Than Winningp. 258
Growing Togetherp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 265