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Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy

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Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
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Thomas Moore
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St Martin’s Press

Thomas Moore has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, who now lectures widely on creating a more soulful world and on spirituality. His 1995 book Care of the Soul was a NYT bestseller. A friend highly recommended Ageless Soul to me.

I bought the hardcover edition but I give here the Amazon website for the Kindle edition:

[None of the ISBN-10, ISBN-13, or ASIN numbers on Amazon’s websites for the three editions (Kindle, hardcover, or paperback) are recognized by Amazon, thus the ‘no image Circle' appears. I think this new change by Amazon is not good. However, you can see the images of this books' covers at the website above.]

The home page has a summary (click on ‘Read more’). It differs from the Front Flap of my hardcover book in the first paragraph. The hardcover has this first paragraph: “In Ageless Soul, Thomas Moore reveals a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, a journey that need not be feared, but rather should be embraced and cherished. In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person.”

The Kindle online preview has in full the author’s 9-pp Introduction, which is an excellent preview of what he discusses in detail in the book’s fifteen chapters and its Conclusion. The 2-pp Contents contains five Parts, each with three chapters. Each Part and each Chapter (plus the Conclusion) begins with a well-chosen quote. I found this book to be very well organized – it flows well from chapter to chapter and was a pleasure to read. However, Thomas Moore’s discussions often reminded me of a few books I had read by the Dalai Lama. In order of my reading, they are Book 4 – The Art of Happiness (A Handbook for Living); Book 29 – How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life; Book 41 – Advice on Dying: And Living as Better Life; and Book 140 – Live in a Better Way: Reflections on Truth, Love, and Happiness. I’ve chosen these four of the ten books by the Dalai Lama that I’ve read. As one should expect, there is significant overlap among these four (as well as among the other six books). (You can readily access a listing of my reviews of the books by the Dalai Lama by clicking on his name, then click on ‘all reviews’.)

I found Ageless Soul to be, in part, like a condensation of much of the wisdom contained in the Dalai Lama books I’ve read. Even though this means I’ve found little ‘new’ in Ageless Soul, I very much enjoyed reading it. For those who are looking for such a condensation, I rate it at four stars.

For those who have already read similar books on aging well and wisely, I would rate it lower, at three stars, not because it is new but because it isn’t new or you shouldn’t find much that is new. For myself, I found Thomas Moore’s use of the word ‘soul’ to be a very wide umbrella, for he often used soul when he could use mind or consciousness or awareness – or better yet – when he meant awakening or enlightenment. If this means he regards all these human mental states’ as a part of what ‘soul’ means, I’ve no problem with such a broad meaning of the word soul.

But, rest assured, he never used soul in the context of soul food or soul music!