Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth, co-authored by Jane Marie Thibault, an i know expo speaker, recently won a 2014 International Book Award and was honored as a finalist in the Religion: Christian Inspirational category by American Book Fest.

In the book, Thibault and co-author Richard L. Morgan suggest approaching the last third of life – age 60 and beyond – as a journey full of opportunities for spiritual growth. Although those years can be unpredictable and challenging, they suggest the years can also be meaningful, endurable and even joyful.

The seven tasks essential to living the later years with purpose include facing aging and dying, living with limitations and leaving a legacy.

The book is a collection of scripture-based meditations that are designed to inspire the reader to move fearlessly into the last third of life, looking forward to the opportunities these bonus years can bring. The book includes reflection questions and can be used by individuals or groups for a seven-week study.

Thibault, who lives in Louisville, is retired gerontologist and professor of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Morgan is a retired pastor, national leader on issues of aging and spiritual autobiography and a PhD graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth was published by Upper Room Books, Nashville, Tenn. in 2012. Upper Room Books is a publishing imprint of The Upper Room, a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual growth of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully.

American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists of the 2014 International Book Awards in Los Angeles. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded over 1200 entries from authors and publishers around the world.

Anne Trudel, author relations coordinator for Upper Room Books, commented, “We are very proud of our authors. Jane and Richard have done excellent work to meet the needs of older adults and encourage their spiritual growth.”

Both authors have written many books.

Thibault is the author of 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life and A Deepening Love Affair: The Gift of God in Later Life. Thibault is coauthor (with Richard Morgan) of No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: The Spirituality of Caring for Persons with Dementia.

Morgan is the author of No Wrinkles on the Soul and Remembering Your Story.