Well-known Episcopal priest and author Malcolm Boyd draws on the many and varied experiences of his 78 years to provide lessons for others who are facing middle age and beyond. The themes of this book – Learning, Remembering, Simplifying, Maturing, Exploring, and Understanding – reflect Boyd’s own life, a life that has taken him from Hollywood, where he was a television producer and partner of screen legend Mary Pickford, to the South, where he was a Freedom Rider during the Civil Rights movement, to San Francisco, where he was the “rebel priest” who read prayers and led worship services in coffeehouses and nightclubs.
Boyd writes: “Why should the story of my odyssey concern you? Because it is your story too. All of our stories are interconnected and share common themes. The point is: Always we are in the process of growing up. We need and can help each other by exchanging ideas, experiences, sorrows, joys, and certainly dreams and hopes. Willa Cather wisely observed that each person not only has a story, but often seems to have become his or her story. This is storytelling time.”