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.
Chapter 2: Questions of Meaning, Stories of Faith
Questions of Meaning, Stories of Faith
Just as there is no one way to speak, so there is no one way to listen. We listen according to categories of our own, we frame questions out of schema we have devised, and we interpret stories within a narrative context understandable only to us. Before attempting to report and interpret what we heard from the women we interviewed, we will identify the clinical and intellectual roots out of which we have grown and to which we are indebted. We will place our selves quite consciously within this work, disbelieving that pure scientific objectivity is achievable and confessing that the work of our clinical and academic predecessors are the raw material out of ...