In the United States alone, there are over 41 million people who are serving in unpaid caregiver roles for an elderly relative. Taking on this role, while also balancing the various aspects of day-to-day life, can be exhausting and overwhelming. In this book, author Robyn Horn shares her experiences as both a caregiver and caregiver educator and focuses on how caregivers can find peace and purpose in what can often be a very challenging role.
Transforming the Mundane into Sacred: Spirituality in Caregiving for the Elderly by Robyn Horn is an inspiring book in which the author shares her journey to finding spiritual purpose and fulfillment in caring for the elderly and their caregivers. Throughout the book, she is a clear and effective communicator, drawing readers into the narrative with ease, as she delves deep into this important topic for family and professional caregivers who are seeking biblical and godly guidance as they care for this beloved generation.
Sitting on a bench at a silent retreat, Robyn prayed about how she could use her God-given gifts to assist families who are caring for the elderly. Spirituality has played such an important role in both her family caregiving experiences and her professional career. In that moment, she asked God for specific ways she could share her spiritual caregiving journey with others and reveal how He had equipped her every step of the way. How did God answer her prayer that day in His soft and gentle voice? “Write a book.” And so, she did!
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2 NIV).
Robyn Horn has a master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of North Texas as well as an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Southwestern University. Robyn has spent most of her adult life advocating for and assisting the elderly and their family caregivers. She served as a licensed nursing home administrator for thirteen years which included two years at an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility. In 2007 she was inspired by God to develop a business dedicated to educating healthcare professionals in geriatric care. Robyn has facilitated several caregiver support groups in both facility and community settings. As a caregiver herself for multiple elderly family members, she has drawn on her Christian faith to help her and others through this sacred journey.