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Spiritual Resiliency In Older Women records the narratives of spiritually resilient older German and American women. The authors suggest how persons of all ages can gain maturity and spiritual coping by participating in communities based on faith, which acknowledge the emotion of spiritual experiences and integrate faith and close human relationships.

An Invitation to Listen
An invitation to listen

You are invited to listen to Lovey. Come down a winding, single-lane country road, walk into her white frame house, and sit down in a comfortable wingback chair. Lovey is 89 years old, and she lives alone on the farm in southwestern Virginia where she and her husband raised their family. The room is filled with photographs of people—many children, some adults. You see a colorful, hand-made quilt covering the bed in the adjoining room, and your hostess tells you she'd be glad to show you others she's made. Lovey is looking out her window at the snow that has just fallen, and she is talking about her faith.

If I get down and out and feel bad, I ...

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