Saturday, February 03, 2018

Two writers review Ageless Soul for older adults

"Ruth Ray Karpen is a researcher, writer and retired English professor. She has published many books and articles on aging and old age, life story writing, and retirement."

For Smart Strategies for Successful Living, she reviews Thomas Moore's new book, Ageless Soul: "The Soul of Retirement" on 15 January 2018. Karpen begins:
"In his book Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy (2017), psychoanalyst and former monk Thomas Moore offers us a great gift.  Unlike critics who see nothing positive in growling old, Moore provides many reasons why later life is crucial to our development as human beings.  Although every phase of life has meaning and purpose, the final phase may be the most important – as poet Robert Browning said, 'the last of life for which the first was made.'"
On 24 January 2018 author and writer Bev Scott answers "Am I an Elder?" based on Moore's description as she recounts her recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with her daughter and grandson. At the end of her thoughtful post, she invites responses to "What are your thoughts about this transition to elderhood and your aging process?"

UU minister values role of aging with Ageless Soul

The Rev. Susan Milnor of First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist in Newburyport, Massachusetts draws on Thomas Moore's new book Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Joy and Meaning in her sermon of Sunday 21 January 2018: "Ageless Soul" Listen to Milnor's sermon and read her background notes about the role of the elder.

She writes, "Think of it as like the inner core of the tree. No matter how many layers time builds over that center, no matter how many rings of experience accumulate, with spiritual honesty, we embrace that ageless soul as our essential selves."

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Reviewer plans to read Moore's book each decade

On 28 January 2018 Karen Austin, ChangingAging contributor, reviews Thomas Moore's new book, Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy: "Ageless Soul: Book Review".

Austin writes, "I was particularly invigorated by the way Moore looks at the issues such as depression, anger, changing sexuality, illness, and loneliness. He has entire chapters about each of these and other very human challenges. In each chapter, he redefines the issue, encourages people to directly face these challenges, and talks about how to scale each of these and how to find the positive value in each."

She concludes, "I’m in my mid fifties, and I plan on rereading this book once a decade. I have a feeling that I’m missing some of the meaning because of my relative lack of experience with aging issues. But where I did recognize age-related challenges, Moore offered me a path through obstacles and into opportunities that only elders can enjoy."