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Dementia: Living in the Memories of God

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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 caregivers, people with dementia, ministers, hospital chaplains, and medical prac
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Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 19th 2012 by Eerdmans (first published November 1st 2012)
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Sagely
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect care for those suffering from dementia to figure so largely in my work when I began pastoral ministry in a small congregation a year ago. But it has. Little in seminary prepared me for this work.

I'm incredibly thankful for John Swinton's Dementia Living in the Memories of God. Not a how-to book, not tips and tricks and guidelines, Dementia is pastoral theology. How do we talk about and talk to those suffering dementia in light of the God who loves us, who always remembers us?

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John Griffiths
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book took a couple of goes to read (it is rather heavy) but boy it was worth it. The author a professor of practical theology is also a trained psychiatric nurse. So the book covers a huge arc between a critique of medical diagnosis and how doctors treat patients they can't cure. To a philosophy of the self and which selves are affected by dementia. To a reflection on the Trinity and how personal identity is mediated. Finishing with practical advice about how to relate to those with dementi ...more
Rev. Linda
Another source for my Caring for Alzheimer's patient caregivers in Pastoral Responses to Aging at Brite Divinity: 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 caregivers, people with dementia, ministers, hospital chaplains, and medical practitioners a ...more
Stedwards
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great for thinking through memory, social construction of illness and christian responsibility.
Becky Nasralla
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great insight
Luke
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dementia is more feared than cancer, but this book gives helpful ways to help those who suffer this affliction along with their caregivers. Love them – and love means that “I am glad you exist, I am glad you are here.” Give them the benefit of a doubt – that there is more going on than may appear evident. Visit them, care for them. And, theologically, to help them and their loved ones remember that while they might not remember God, God remembers them. I believe that the issue of dementia and Al ...more
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Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A tough book to read, with new and complex ideas. I probably should reread it in a few weeks time.
Mary Wood
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An immensely helpful, sensitive Christian book, putting the theology of the elements of this state which is all in the encompassing care of God.
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John Swinton (born 1957) is a Scottish theologian. He is the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen. He is founder of the university's Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and Master of Christ’s College, the university's theological college. Swinton is a major ...more
“We continually move backward and forward in time as we use our stories to describe who we were, who we are, and what we hope we will become. Storytelling” 1 likes
“Who am I? This or the other? Am I one person today and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? A hypocrite before others, And before myself a contemptibly woebegone weakling? . . . Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am Thine!2 Bonhoeffer’s question “Who am I?” 1 likes
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