1st Edition

Spiritual Resiliency and Aging Hope, Relationality, and the Creative Self

By Janet Ramsey, Rosemary Blieszner Copyright 2012
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 2017. In this new book, Ramsey and Blieszner invite readers to renew their acquaintance with the eight women of the previous book and to meet eight men who, like the women, were nominated by their pastors as being people the pastors would want to speak with in times of spiritual crisis.


    PART 1: The Hopeful Reality of Spiritually Resilient Aging

     Understanding Spiritual Resiliency and Aging

     CHAPTER 2
     Conceptualizing Spiritual Resiliency across Time

    PART 2: The Interconnected Personhood of Spiritually Resilient Elders

     CHAPTER 3
     Integrating Personhood in Community

     CHAPTER 4
     Developing Spiritual Strength through Interpersonal Relationships

     CHAPTER 5
     Experiencing Personal and Communal Emotions

     CHAPTER 6
     Embodying Forgiveness

     CHAPTER 7
     Anna, A Model of Interconnected Personhood

    PART 3: Reflective Co-creation: The Dynamics of Spiritually Resilient Lives

     CHAPTER 8
     Re-imagining the Self

     CHAPTER 9
     Increasing Reflective Responsibility through Spiritual Practices

     CHAPTER 10
     Living with Hope and Gratitude

     CHAPTER 11
     Rediscovering Meaningful Vocations

     CHAPTER 12
     Critiquing Self and Community

     CHAPTER 13
     Alex, A Model of Reflective Co-creation

     CHAPTER 14
     Conclusion: The Gift of Spiritual Resiliency

     Research Methods

    Table A.l. Identity Markers of Research Participants
     Table A.2. Interview Guide
     Table A.3. Coding Scheme




    Janet L. Ramsey Pastor George Weinman Chair of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Rosemary Blieszner Alumni Distinguished Professor of Human Development Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia.