The Virtue of Resilience
By: James D. Whitehead Evelyn Eaton Whitehead
"As a movement of grace, resilience is a strength that supports us in times of difficulty and distress, as well as in experiences of tragedy and trauma. If any of this applies to you, and who of us is exempt, The Virtue of Resilience is a must-read. "--James R. Zullo, Ph.D., Clinical and Consulting Psychologist
In The Virtue of Resilience two well-known spiritual teachers show us how to cultivate resilience in ourselves, in our families, and in our faith and civic communities. In these pages readers explore the many facets of this very human quality, and how we might cultivate and strengthen it in ourselves and in others to meet the challenges humans everywhere face.
After introducing the concept and the "three Rs of resilience" (recruiting, reframing, resolving) the Whiteheads explore the personal, social, and civic aspects of resilience. They offer examples through stories of individuals (like Rep Gabby Giffords) and even cities (Boston after the Marathon bombing) exploring the emotional, spiritual, and relational bases for recovery and renewal.
For all those who work with and counsel people and communities, as well as individuals seeking a better understanding of the resources available to us in times of dislocation and despair The Virtue of Resilience offers much practical advise and inspiration for the struggles we face in our journeys through life.
The Whiteheads, long associated with the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago, have lectured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Australia/New Zealand and Hong Kong over the past twenty-five years. Their unique combination of Christian theology and the psychological disciplines brings a distinctive approach to the spiritual journey and religious life in America today. Their books which have been translated into many languages include Transforming Our Painful Emotions, Nourishing the Spirit, and Holy Eros.