Ordinary Wisdom: Biographical Aging and the Journey of Life (Praeger, 2001)
Through the lenses of these intertwining, time-honored tropes, the authors see wisdom not as an unattainable ideal nor as the sole province of experts or educators, geniuses, therapists, or saints. Rather, it is potentially within the reach of everyone, not as a commodity but as a quality of life; as a matter of being, not of having. Insofar as everyone is on a journey and has or is a story, everyone has access to an ordinary wisdom, which it behooves people to explore and express. This book will be of particular interest to scholars, students, and researchers involved with psychology, gerontology, theology, philosophy, and education.
“[T]his book offers many new insights into the significance of personal story in the contemporary world. It deals with the making and telling of story but also with the role of constructive listening. It links with diverse contemporary studies in related fields of the humanities, from literary theory to the theology, with which gerontologists would gain from greater acquaintance. It is an important contribution to the growing topic of personal meaning ...” (Peter Coleman, Ageing & Society)
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February 28, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Genuine Article - August 2, 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
W. Randall, minister, adult educator and English teacher focuses on the art of living; G. Kenyon, philosopher and gerontologist looks at biographical (vs. biological) aging and the nature of gerontological thought. The focus is very much on stories--life stories, autobiography; also adventure, journey, death and the meaning of wisdom. It's well-organized, humane, literate, sensible, attractively readable and important.