"Dr. Rich Bimler's wit, wisdom, and inspiration shine through on every
page of Joyfully Aging. Using Scripture as constant touchstone Dr.
Bimler (or "Rich," as people all over the world know him) provides an
antidote to our youth obsessed culture with a perspective on aging as a
time to reflect, mentor, laugh,connect, and pray. What a treasure for
old and young alike."
David Walsh, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Author, and Speaker
"We have no choice in growing old, but we can choose how we live our
later years. Rich Bimler invites us to experience growing older as a
spiritual passage. He engages the reader with spiritual insights and a
positive, hopeful attitude. He is a master storyteller showing us how to
make sense of the aging experience and how to live with courage and
meaning. This gem of a book will delight, encourage, and inspire all
Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.
Director, Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries
General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church
"In Joyfully Aging, Rich urges us to get rid of gloomy despair
and re-focus on the reality of the Risen Lord and our resurrection life,
the true source of Joy! A profound biblical truth underlies Joyfully Aging:
while the devil and his minions would wipe the smile from our faces,
the world can laugh again, for despair is replaced by the Joy of
Salvation in Jesus, the Risen One! Pointing us to that reality, Rich
encourages people of all ages to share the Good News that alone can lift
hearts and spirits! Thanks, Rich! Good theology! Good humor!"
Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Zehnder
President Emeritus, Florida-Georgia District, LCMS
Executive Director, LCMS World Mission (Ret.)
"Joyfully Aging is not only the title of Richard Bimler’s latest
book but is a synopsis of its content as well—plus a delightful
description of the author’s own life moment. In forty six crisply
written chapters Richard let’s us in on the joy he has found throughout
the aging process and shines his unique light of humorous insight onto a
period of life so misunderstood by many. Richard shows us how God means
aging to be a joyful, life long process. One way God does this is by
reserving the gift of grandchildren until we are old enough to
appreciate and enjoy the blessings of youth. Richard helps us get into
that frame of mind."
Charles S. Mueller, Sr.
Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, Illinois
"Aging!—It’s something we all do effortlessly and without exception.
Some do it gracefully, even elegantly, others by whimpering and wailing
in protest. You know the sorts who actually answer the question 'How are
you?' by giving an organ recital—the anatomical, not musical
version—when the only polite answer to that query is 'Fine,” however
great the fib. For all who have a hard time dealing with years that
should truly be golden in the best sense, Rich Bimler comes to the
rescue in these pages with his trademark blend of wit, wisdom, and
worship. (Chapter titles like 'Amazing Grays,' 'Groan-Ups,' and even
'The Gift of Aging' only hint at the fun in store.) A gifted Christian
humorist and wordsmith, Bimler examines aging now that he is also a
happy victim of the phenomenon, and he delivers delightful therapy for
all who try to resist. Read these pages and—improbable to imagine!—you
may even enjoy the aging process."
Paul L. Maier
Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and author of both scholarly and popular works
"Aging is not only done by the elderly; it is a lifelong journey and a
gracious gift of God. As a 21 year old, I gained a marvelous new
perspective of the aging process through Dr. Bimler's witty words and
delightful sense of humor. This is a wonderful read from start to finish
for both the young and the young at heart."
Student of Gerontology and Health Services
"My friend says, 'I used to think birthdays and Christmases would
never come; now they are here all the time!' Rich has it right: we are
all aging—some of us faster than others. With humorous stories,
insightful questions, and candid reflections, Rich challenges folks of
all ages to celebrate life and reminds us that God, in Christ Jesus, has
an un-aging plan for us and an ageless message of salvation to proclaim
and practice as we live for Him. Like other Bimler books, Joyfully Aging is a must read. It stirs, stimulates, delights, and even demonstrates Rich is getting better with age!"
Brian L. Friedrich
President Concordia University, Nebraska and Aging Member of the Rich Bimler Fan Club
"Joyfully Aging is another example of Rich Bimler’s wonderful ability to encourage people of all ages to live in the joy of the Resurrection. Joyfully Aging
is a celebration of the gifts of aging and of the importance of the
Christian family, delivered with the stories and unique humor for which
Rich is known and loved. Readers will come away reminded of who they
are, whose they are, and the endless possibilities for lives of service
and relevance made possible by God’s grace. Thanks, Rich!"
President of Wheat Ridge Ministries