Archibald Alexander (1772-1851), Presbyterian minister and educator, was a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1812 until his death. Written while Alexander was in his seventies, the five letters in this booklet candidly acknowledge the trials of aging, while at the same time offering biblical encouragement and hope for the Christian facing death. Alexander considers the "autumn of life" from the perspective of its struggles, its besetting sins, its duties, its unstoppable journey toward death, and the assurance the believer in Jesus Christ can have as death approaches. Everyone will profit from Alexander's wise counsel - especially those past mid-life. A Foreword by Andrew Myers introduces Alexander and this work to the reader.
“While grateful that the letters of Archibald Alexander to the aged have been made available to our Lord’s church, I am also overjoyed as a pastor that I now have them as an excellent asset for discipleship and encouragement to the Titus 2 “older men and women,” as well as an instrument of insight for the Titus 2 “young men and women” in our Lord’s church.”
— Dr. Harry L. Reeder, III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama
“ I have had several men and women in “the autumn of life” who have encouraged me with God’s word and who have taught me what it means to finish well. Their simple, humble ministry has impacted me in ways that could only come from those with godly wisdom and age. In a time when many want to deny the approach of old age, Alexander’s letters are an honest, refreshing, and helpful encouragement to grow in God’s grace at all ages and to serve Christ faithfully to the end. The younger generation in the church will always need mature saints who take to heart what is written in these pages.”
— Mr. Wiley Lowry, Minister of Pastoral Care at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
“In an era when targeting audiences is paramount in publishing, Aging with Grace: Letters to Those in the Autumn of Life is spot on. Written by Archibald Alexander, the most pastoral of the Princeton Seminary professors in the 1800s, this booklet consisting of five letters could not be more relevant over a century later. Filled with keen insight into the physical, mental and spiritual conditions that accompany and come to define growing older, these letters should be required reading for Christians entering their fifties and older, their children and those who minister to all ages. Far beyond pious platitudes, Alexander offers not only comfort and warning regarding approaching the end of life but extremely helpful and realistic suggestions to make these years productive and richly satisfying.”
— Dr. W. Andrew Hoffecker, Emeritus Professor of Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary