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When a Midlife Crisis Becomes Serious

And how the church can turn midlife into prime time for the entire community.

A recent study found that there has been an alarming spike in suicides among midlife women. I am neither scientist nor statistician, but I am 52. Some have called mid-life "Prime Time." but few midlife women in my circles are crowing that they're living their best life now.

Most of my friends tell me they've experienced periods of moderate-to-severe clinical depression. A good percentage of these women are committed Christians. Though the Church is called to be a community that honors life transformation and fosters spiritual growth, many at midlife report that what they're experiencing emotionally and spiritually isolates them from congregational life - and that their churches are not equipped to respond to their needs.

Case in point: Cathy was once the vivacious soccer mom who coordinated snacks and rides for her kids' teams. She led the Thursday evening women's Bible study at her nondenominational congregation for many years. She sold real estate in her middle-class suburb. She was old ...

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