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It’s Taken Years to Get This Old
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Release Date: July 2010
Page Count: 240
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2953-0
Case Lot Quantity: 56

It’s Taken Years to Get This Old

A Lighthearted Look at the Senior Moments


Speaker and humorist Karen O’Connor (Gettin’ Old Ain’t for Wimps, more than 245,000 copies sold) takes a lighthearted look at the perils of growing older. In this engaging collection of short stories, Karen shares what she and her fellow senior citizens have experienced that make the golden years an enjoyable time of laughter with a touch of humorous chagrin. These stories, that include ordering a Coke and fries at the bank drive-thru to having to admit their ages to get senior discounts, reveal that…

  • timeless beauty begins with a good heart
  • shaking things up is not just for the young
  • lost and found becomes a way of life after 50
  • love happens at all ages
  • laughter is contagious at every age

With inspirational reflections and lively prayers, this entertaining collection of anecdotes will tickle readers’ funny bones and remind them how great life is.

Meet the author

Karen O’Connor

Karen O’Connor

Karen O’Connor is a sought-after speaker, a writing consultant, and the award-winning author of more than 75 books, including Gettin’ Old Ain’t for Wimps (more than 300,000 copies sold). She’s appeared on national media, including The 700 Club and 100 Huntley Street.

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A Word from the Author


“Now that I’m well into my senior years, I realize the truth of this title! It’s taken some time and some doing. But I’m grateful to be here—especially when I think of the alternative. Heaven can wait, though I’m happy to know that’s where I’m headed some day. I hope you enjoy the funny anecdotes and senior moments in this book and will recognize and admit a few of your own.”
Karen O’Connor, author of It’s Taken Years to Get This Old

Editorial Reviews


"Any reader, young or old, will enjoy the tales. Those of us who are more advanced in years will relate well and identify with the author. It will cause the elder readers to remember our journey in getting this old!

"Enjoy (this) lighthearted book."
Baptist Standard


“Encouraging readers to never stop laughing, never stop loving, and never be afraid (of) something new, It's Taken Years to Get This Old will prove a wonderful gift for those just passing the half century mark.”
The Midwest Book Review

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“It's fun to laugh along with these quick stories. And then you find one that makes you pause with its hidden wisdom or joy or comfort and it brings an even bigger smile to your face.”
—Lisa Bogart


"Humorist Karen O'Connor has done it again with her latest look at the optimistic side of getting older. In It's Taken Years to Get This Old, a collection of sensational senior stories, O'Connor proves that with accruing years come more humor, more wisdom, more flexibility, more appreciation, and just more old-fashioned fun. Each vignette shines like a gem with flashes of hilarity, insight, and spiritual truth. Those fortunate enough to read O'Connor's wit and wisdom will no doubt declare, 'While it's taken years to get this old, I wonder what I was waiting for? This is the best time of my life!' And this is the best book to accompany it.

"I highly recommend anything O'Connor pens. This book is no exception."
Lynn D. Morrissey, author of Love Letters to God: Deeper Intimacy through Written Prayer, AWSA/CLASS speaker, soloist, and journal facilitator

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