By Alice Fryling and Ann Boyd

Alice Fryling: Aging Faithfully

"I have an assumption that we wouldn't grow old if this wasn't part of God's plan." — Alice Fryling

What does it look like to experience spiritual transformation through aging? Join us for this conversation with writer and spiritual director Alice Fryling as we discuss how we can position ourselves for spiritual growth at every age.

Let me invite you into a conversation with Alice Fryling, spiritual director and author of Aging Faithfully: The Holy Invitation of Growing Older. Alice is not only a prolific author and gifted teacher — she also happens to be truly one of my favorite people on earth. I met Alice in 1998 when I started seeing her for spiritual direction — a practice that continued for over two decades until Alice moved to Colorado. I remember noticing some of the early inclinations that Alice had toward writing a book on the spirituality of aging, and so I was thrilled to learn that the book was getting published — and then even more thrilled to talk with Alice about so many of these rich ideas — most of which are widely applicable for anyone seeking to live a faithful life, even if you’re not quite yet in your senior years. 

This conversation felt a lot more like sitting around the fire with an old friend than hosting a podcast interview — in fact, you’ll hear that Alice and I keep talking about questions I have for her, but I never really get a chance to formally ask them because they just come up naturally. You’ll hear — we had a lot of fun together. So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.


— Ann Boyd

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Alice Fryling is a spiritual director and author. She and her husband worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for over fifty years. Alice has also been actively involved in church ministry and teaching workshops on the Enneagram and Myers Briggs Temperament Inventory. Her books on relationships, spiritual formation, and spiritual direction have sold over half a million copies and are published in over ten languages. She and her husband, Bob, are parents of two daughters and grandparents of two grandsons and two granddaughters. They live in Monument, Colorado. Learn more about Alice Fryling at


Ann is the Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast host and the interim editor for The Well. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests in community, spiritual formation, and writing. Ann has a BM in Music Education from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois with one husband, two spunky teenage daughters, and three snuggly cats. You’ll often find Ann baking sweet treats in the kitchen while listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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