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John Swinton
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30 Nov 2012
Dementia is one of the most feared diseases in Western society today. Some have even gone so far as to suggest euthanasia as a solution to the perceived indignity of memory loss and the disorientation that accompanies it. In this book, John Swinton develops a practical theology of dementia for clergy, people with dementia, pastoral workers, hospital chaplains, and medical practitioners as he explores two primary questions: * Who am I when I ve forgotten who I am? * What does it mean to love God and be loved by God when I have forgotten who God is? Offering compassionate and carefully considered theological and pastoral responses to dementia and forgetfulness, John Swinton redefines dementia in light of the transformative counter story that is the gospel.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press (30 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334046726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334046721
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a truly monumental book, not in length but in depth and scope, with a liberating and empowering message for theologians, pastoral carers and church communities. It engages honestly and creatively with the big issues raised by dementia: personhood and identity, mind and memory, body and soul, and (movingly) the value to be found in every human life. No one is better qualified to write it than John Swinton. Prepare yourself for a challenging but immensely rewarding read! It is Biblical and practical theology at its very best. --Albert Jewell, Editor of Spirituality, Personhood and Dementia

There can be no greater fear than the possibility of losing our memory. Modernity may have offered us longevity but at some threat to our human wellbeing. Dementia poses many fundamental theological and pastoral challenges. John Swinton has produced a masterpiece, exploring the many dimensions of Dementia. Here is pastoral theology at its best careful, sensitive, clear, searching, insight and with an integrated theology that supports good care. I warmly commend it to the widest possible readership. --James Woodward, Canon of Windsor

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John Swinton is Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care in the University of Aberdeen.

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A very helpful book on an exceptionally difficult subject so it is hard to say I love it. Should be mandatory reading for anyone supporting someone of faith with dementia and a must for all pastoral workers, including hospital chaplains.
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This book claims to be 'Dementia a Practical Theological Handbk [Paperback]', but in actual fact it is 'Dementia Living in the Memories of God', a different book altogether!
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