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Spirituality and Aging Hardcover – January 12, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0801891199 ISBN-10: 0801891191 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


Considers fundamental questions about the meaning of being and how it is shaped by the experience of aging. Atchley’s major goal is to provide a conceptual and theoretical picture of spirituality as a subject in its own right, separate from, though sometimes overlapping with religion. He acknowledges that many find that their religious beliefs provide an important and maybe even exclusive context for spirituality, but discovered that as age increases so does the proportion of people who see spirituality in a broader context than formal or organised religion. He sets out to use language that will enable conversation around spiritual experiences we can share rather than religious concepts that separate us.

(Counselling Today [New Zealand])

This innovative essay will stimulate theory development and research.

(David O. Moberg Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith)

Atchley’s book is an enormous, and unprecedented, contribution to the field. The book will be very important, and he’s absolutely the best person to write it.

(Harry R. Moody, Director, Office of Academic Affairs, AARP)

This is a wise and important work that could make a difference in the way aging persons, and gerontologists, think about spirituality and aging.

(Susan H. McFadden, The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh)

Indeed, because of Atchley's extensive knowledge and experiences in spirituality and aging, this volume should serve as an excellent supplement for anyone interested in research, practice, or teaching of spirituality and aging.

(Holly Nelson-Becker Canadian Journal on Aging)

Atchley is... to be greatly commended for opening our eyes to a fuller and richer view of the place of spirituality in the ageing process. That he is able to explore all of these themes with such insight and depth in this slim and accessible monograph is to his credit. Spirituality and Aging is a seminal work for the religious gerontology field and should be added to the must-read list for anyone seeking to be an informed scholar or practitioner in this field.

(Jeff Levin Journal of Ageing and Society)

Understanding Atchley's spiritual perspective on aging will benefit readers both inside and outside of academia.

(Wilkie Au Religious Studies Review)

About the Author

Robert C. Atchley is a distinguished professor of gerontology emeritus at Miami University, Ohio, where he also served as the director of the Scripps Gerontology Center. Professor Atchley was previously a professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology at the Naropa Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, and is the author of Social Forces and Aging and of Continuity and Adaptation in Aging: Creating Positive Experiences, also published by Johns Hopkins.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (January 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801891191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801891199
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Moran on April 9, 2009
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This text provides a scholarly and well documented approach to spirituality and aging. It is helpful for seniors and those who work with seniors, especially chaplains, clergy, and spiritual directors. In particular, it provides data on the importance of spirituality even for those witout a formal church membership. The book is well written and clear and interesting, especially the stories included of spiritual experience among the elderly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zalman Schachter on February 2, 2009
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Robert Atchley, with his Spirituality and Aging, provides a much needed and inspiring service to people in their sage-ing years. The book is very well written. Information is made available from many wide sources.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, Co-author of From Age-ing to Sage-ing
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I liked this book because it makes one stop to evaluate personal faith and spiritual journey as they age. It asks the difficult questions we all ask and wonder about. I would recommend this book to friends and family... I may even borrow mine out, so long as I get it back.
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