Book Review: Vesper Time

Written on: January 30, 2023

I don’t know about you, but at this time of year I tend to get more serious about finding “just the right” spiritual reading material for where I find myself situated. Fortunately, my selection was quite easy this year.

The book is, Vesper Time: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older by Frank J. Cunningham.

In the foreword, Joyce Rupp agrees with Mr. Cunningham that he is a true “wordsmith”.

With tremendous wisdom and a great sense of humor, he writes about memory, intimacy, diminishment, gratitude and acceptance at this “Vesper” time in our lives. A time in life “when colors deepen and our experience of aging becomes spiritual practice.”

I enjoyed how I could identify with his stories and observations. He makes it a bit easier for me to embrace this “vesper time” in my life. I highly recommend Vesper Time for personal reading, or it would also make a good book for small groups to read and discuss. Either way if you purchase the book, look for the edition that includes the Discussion Guide. I found the discussion questions quite helpful even with my solo reading.


Vesper Time: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older by Frank J. Cunningham. Orbis Books 2017.

Submitted by Sister Eileen Spanier, gnsh

One thought on “Book Review: Vesper Time

  1. Ann Kilkelly says:

    Eileen, nice review. Makes me interested in looking into the book.

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