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PaCT Scholar receives book award

Congratulations to PaCT fellow Professor Bruce Stevens who was recently awarded the Australasian Journal of Ageing Book Award 2019 for his book, The Storied Self: A Narrative Approach to the Spiritual Care of the Aged.

Professor Stevens received the award 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 Professor Steven’s 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.’

Professor Stevens’ books is available to purchase online. Professor Stevens is also the Director of the Colloquium for Ageing Perspectives and Spirituality (CAPS) at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

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