The Making of an Old Soul
Aging as the Fulfillment of Life's Promise
by Carol Orsborn
Pub Date 1 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 7 Oct 2021
White River Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
The Making of an Old Soul: Aging as the Fulfillment of Life’s Promise is the healing vision of a woman who is a scholar in the field of adult development as well as a lifelong seeker. Based on a mystical experience that shed light on the entire arc of life, Orsborn’s latest work revisions age not as diminishment but as the fulfillment of life’s promise. Bursting through the stereotypes, Orsborn shows you how to embrace the luminous spirit within that beats steadily beyond the wounds of childhood, beyond the unintended consequences of your best intentions, beyond the twists and turns of fate over which even at the peak of the developmental pyramid you have no control. This gem of a book affirms that hope is merited and that seekers of all ages and circumstances have what it takes to grow not just old, but old souls.
A Note From the Publisher
Book cover art provided by artist Susan Rio. A professional artist for more than 35 years, and a favorite of her peers of the Boomer generation who continue to appreciate her iconic depictions of gardens, gates, sea sides and kitchens, among others. Susan’s work has attracted the attention of many noted collectors and celebrities who have added her paintings to their private collection such as Jane Seymour, Priscilla Presley, Brian Wilson, and Walter Matthau.
“What is an 'old soul,' but someone who has observed, explored, reflected, and seen the deeper patterns beneath the surfaces of life. In The Making of an Old Soul Carol Orsborn shares her story of continuity amid change, and depth amid the daily detritus. Her shared insights will stir the reader to similarly reflect on what abides amid changes, and what brings depth and dignity to our life.”
—James Hollis, Ph.D., Living Between Worlds, and Prisms: Reflections on this Journey We Call Life.
“Age and liberation are not synonymous. But they could be, and Carol Orsborn’s Making of an Old Soul offers both a vision of what aging has to offer and a roadmap for getting there.”
—Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Surrendered: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling Into Grace with 12-Step Spirituality.
“Carol Orsborn’s new book is a tour de force—heartfelt, honest, helpful, and healing.”
—Andy Achenbaum, Old Age in the New Land: The American Experience since 1790
“Carol Orsborn, Ph.D., has written a stirring book to guide readers along a journey to 'something more'— an intense, liberating spiritual merger with the divine. The Making of an Old Soul leads readers toward this final spiritual awakening, thus rewarding the struggles and lessons accumulated through a long life. This book wisely teaches why and how.”
—Brent Green, Questions of the Spirit: the Quest for Understanding at a Time of Loss
“Carol Orsborn’s book pulsates with the life and wisdom of an old soul. Through personal revelation, she encourages us to live our own lives hopefully, through both shadow and light, trusting that there is “something more” than we might see in the moment. Upon concluding her book, I wept, as I appreciated how remarkable this being human is. Carol and her book are gifts to the world, gifts that will gestate more life in us to be tasted and savored each day.”
—Robert L. Weber, The Spirituality of Age
“Bursting with revelations, Carol’s amazing book has set my mind spinning from insight overload! Healing and full of the fierce grace of enlightened aging, it may even help your grown children understand their parents’ new and joyous weirdness. Dive in and discover the sacred mystery of your own life. This book will change you.”
—John C. Robinson, The Divine Human
The Making of an Old Soul is an official book club selection for the Conscious Aging Book Club (CABC), Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN and virtual; and the online Sage-ing International Book Club (SBC). Southeast USA and virtual book tour, webinars and appearances through outlets such as the Shift Network will take place in October and November, 2021. Excerpts, op-eds, article placements and interviews are also in the works with leading publications and media with demographics that include 50+. Robust online presence, including support materials for book clubs and conscious aging groups and special events are posted at CarolOrsborn.com with on-going visibility for her book in her role as co-host of CABC and SBC. Sage-ing International is the leading global organization in the field of Conscious Aging.