Book Award

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I was recently awarded for my book The Storied Self: A Narrative Approach to the Spiritual Care of the Aged.

I received the Australasian Journal of Ageing Book Award 2019 at the 52nd Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference in Sydney on 7 November 2019.

To be eligible for the award the book had to be: related to the topic of ageing; be published between 2017 and 2019; written in English; edited or authored by a resident of the Asia/Pacific Region; relevant to the Australasian region and be readable and original.

The Australasian Journal of Ageing Associate Editor (Book Reviews) Professor Yvonne Wells said ‘the judging panel believed the book filled a gap as there is not enough attention to working with older people’s spirituality and hoped that giving the prize to this book would raise awareness of the importance of spirituality to the experience of ageing.’

One book award reviewer said the book had ‘potential to transform practice, broaden thinking, and deepen care relationships…The overall tone is empowering and encouraging, highlighting the potential for the vital importance of spiritual growth in ageing and the final stages of life.’

Another reviewer said it was ‘a necessary, inspiring and beautifully written book…The book offers unique insight.’

The book is available to purchase online.

Picture: Professor Yvonne Wells from AJA with Professor Bruce Stevens. Photo courtesy of AAG conference 2019 and Michael Blyde photography.

Author: Bruce Stevens

Professor Bruce A. Stevens (PhD Boston University, 1987) is the Wicking Professor of Aging and Practical Theology at Charles Sturt University. He was previously Associate Professor in Clinical and Forensic Psychology in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Canberra with over 60 graduate students. He is an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist who has advanced accreditation in Schema Therapy (individual and couple). He was ordained in the Anglican Church and is an honorary minister-in-association at Wesley Uniting Church, Canberra. He is the author of 10 books and many research papers. His most recent book is The Storied Self: A Narrative Approach to the Spiritual Care of the Aged (Fortress Academic., 2018).

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