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Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Thomas Moore is the renowned author of Care of the Soul, the classic #1 New York Times bestseller. In Ageless Soul, Moore reveals a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, one that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. In Moore’s view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Barque I think this is an excellent book for someone with cancer who is 80 years old. Moore touches on the role of illness within the soul's unfolding and hi…moreI think this is an excellent book for someone with cancer who is 80 years old. Moore touches on the role of illness within the soul's unfolding and his guidance suggests that maturation never ends. His supportive tone may also appeal to this reader.(less)

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Marjorie
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thomas Moore has written a very compassionate and optimistic book on aging and how to do it well. He points out that it’s not just our bodies that age but also our soul. And while our bodies may have its limits when it gets older, our soul knows no limits and can mature and improve throughout our lives.

We have all of our past ages now residing in our soul. We have a youthful soul that it’s important to stay in touch with. We need to keep those souls in harmony, not too much of an old soul, but n
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: old-age
Is it because I'm old myself that I already knew everything Moore shares in this book? I don't know, but I was deeply disappointed. I can sum up the entire book in one sentence: Aging is inevitable and it will cause you to confront physical debilitation, illness, loss of work, and death. I, sadly, took away nothing new from this book, except the very first opening story about a monk who observed a young man raking leaves and then releases all the raked leaves back into the garden, commenting, "B ...more
Roxanne
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this from Goodreads. This is an excellent book about aging which I am doing and not doing very well. I remember when I looking forward to turning 21. Then all of a sudden I was 30 and then 40 and then 50 I was still going strong and not worrying a whole lot about age. At age 56 I fell and got disabled and then I really started noticing my age. At 60 I still want to do tons of things but I have to go at a way slower speed. My brain still feels young but my body is not cooperating. So the bo ...more
Paula Cappa
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking and powerful, this book about aging, about growing your mind, gets to the heart of life and living it fully: an exploration of the invisible and the mysterious, expanding intellectual and emotional states of mind and perceptions. Moore exhibits how spirituality and the soul are not just ideas or trendy concepts but a dynamic and exhilarating process—an “imaginal reality” that every human possesses. What is alive here? Love, family, honor, friendship, career, and rites of passage. Mo ...more
Aimee
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book about aging, the author talks about many aspects of aging inculding health, anger, sex, finding purpose after retirement, and several more. I have read several of Thomas Moore's book and I have enjoyed and learned a lot from them. This one is filled with ideas on how to age well. I loved the suggestions of facing aging head on and not trying to pretend to be an age you are not. He talks about looking into your past, telling meaningful stories about your life, mentoring, and find ...more
Nancy
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I own every book Thomas Moore has written. His series on the soul is wonderful and deepens your level of thinking about who you are as a human being. Getting older has its challenges but can be a wonderful time in your life according to Moore and I'll be thinking more about this reading as time goes on.
Kathy
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Our Sunday school class read this book chapter by chapter over about 4 months. The book tries to put a positive spin on the aging process. Overall, I don't think any of us were overly impressed with this book. Thomas Moore, the author, is a psychotherapist who admires Carl Jung and James Hillman and puts a lot of stock in dream interpretation. He mentions all of this repeatedly throughout the book, and it gets tiresome. Also, he rarely misses the opportunity to give personal examples from his ow ...more
Marta
Ageless Soul is, at times, contradictory and
tentative. However, it is hard to imagine a book that sincerely approaches the task of aging well without these qualities. Does the world need a bossy book about how to age well?
What he offers is a an exploration of the psychological and physical challenges of growing older in an enriching and meaningful way. I'm grateful for his efforts, and what he has to share even if I felt the path to his points was too circuitous.
Tamara
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads just in time for my birthday. The author presents a deep and hopeful view of aging as a positive process, one that can happen at any time in life. If one embraces it, aging can bring renewed vitality and wisdom. The author also writes about how to remain young in your outlook. There is much to absorb here and I will be re-eading this book as time goes on!
Carol
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
DNF. Just not feeling it even though I am going through the process of aging at 63. Boring. I’ve got better books to read.
Charles Moore
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
For us old folks, Moore says a lot of the right things about aging. Not physically aging but more on the order mentally maturing. How the inner you, the soul, does not age but rather is the gathering of all the things you are, in a good way! He seems to suggest that being who you are is more important be being something you aren't. I suspect most of us would agree but practicing this might be harder than it sounds like. Yet, I think we know he's right. We just don't want to make so many changes ...more
Shirley
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Read up to chapter 4: Melancholy. Then jumped to Chapter 6, 15 and the conclusion... I was very disappointed as I expected much more from the author who is a psychotherapist and teacher. I expected more in the sense of clarity. I found it chaotic. Author using wisdom from many others but not committing to anything. It's all up in the air. Some of it too philosophically deep to understand. Author talks a lot about his life experiences which isn't all that interesting... And the underlying basics ...more
Amy Beth
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will most likely return to this book again. For me, the contents spoke to several vulnerable areas of aging and I found Moore's "take" on those things quite liberating. Life-changing. This is good for anyone who is grappling with any aspects of aging, of which there are so many..
Valerie
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
You might say I’ve been doing some soul-searching as I’ve moved into my 60s. What is this path I am on? Thomas Moore‘s Ageless Soul explores this theme with honesty and optimism. I particularly value Moore’s ability to weave spirituality through practical matters of aging. It’s a bit slow going at first, thus the four stars instead of five.
Anne
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted this book through the giveaway program at Goodreads!

We need to embrace the experience of growing older instead of dreading it. Mr. Moore has written a beautiful book that can be referred to again and again throughout our lives
Elaine Lovejoy
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great positive inspirational read on aging. I have been recommending this book to my family, friends and coworkers. Thanks for an upbeat read.
Beverly
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of "Ageless Soul" on Goodreads First Reads. I loved this book and plan to reread it many times. It is filled with wisdom. I highly recommend this book.
Sara
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-reads
I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher through the Goodreads Giveaways program.

A lot of what the author says in this book is common sense if you look at aging as a positive thing. He does explain the difference between aging and getting old. As someone who is moving into middle age while still feeling quite young on the inside, I do think about different views on aging. Our society seems to devalue people based on looks and stop noticing older people, but everyone has a story and
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Kathy
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Moore has written a practical, wise, easy-to-read book for all ages on aging, not just of the body, but of the soul. The aging of the soul means that we use what happens to us (or to others) to become more fully the complex, grounded, positive person we are meant to be; one who can embrace life while honoring all that we have experienced.

He speaks to how we must tackle and work through all of what happens to us during this journey called life, both the good and the bad. We need to honest
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Laureen Nowakowski
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Thomas Moore made me feel better about aging and telling people my age. He tell you that aging is just part of life and you must embrace it, and not regret things you should have done in the past. His view on sadness is that it is a natural part of the aging process that should be embraced. If you do, it may not be overwhelming but instead only one in a string of moods. People tend to call it depression, but it is sadness. Simple activities, a walk in nature, the company of agr ...more
Barbara P
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted when I came across Moore's new 2017 book. I have followed his writing for many years. John and I read his Care of the Soul on our honeymoon 21 years ago. His journey and writing is practical, uplifting, and deeply spiritual and helpful in my journey of aging.
For a long time I have believed that the soul continues to move along to uniting with God. Possibly
through reincarnation. Moore mentions this in his book, along with stating other possibilities and ways of growth. Marvelous r
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Ray
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What great insight into aging, life, death, purpose, etc. Great for all ages of readers. I may buy my own copy because there are so many places I would like to underline, star, or add !!!! for future reference. Example, from p. 239: "A sense of community with all beings, human and nonhuman, alive and dead, gives us a true picture of what life is all about. If we deny that death is part of life, then we can't fully age, and that is a great problem for our era and for us individually."
Christine Lichatz
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this heartening book, Thomas Moore escorts us toward the light. From the start, when Moore defined the clear difference between growing old and aging, I was captivated. Like a faithful friend and escort, he speaks the challenges and delights of our shared experience in reconciling Life's Deal. As he did with Care of the Soul, Moore applies an artful hand in weaving the multicolored threads of his theological studies. Our cards shuffled out differently, but we're in the game together.
Brenda
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
A wonderfully written book that I found easy and enjoyable to read. I will be keeping it in my collection for valuable future reference as it is not just a manual for aging but more of a guide for living.
Carol Waters
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A little chaotic.
Edward
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're interested in the process of aging, particularly in old age, then it seems natural that you read books on the subject, either to confirm that you've been doing the right things, or to correct having done, or doing, the wrong things. Thomas Moore, from his vantage point of 76 years, and as a therapist, writes about both. I'd call it a general guide, not a specific self-improvement book.

If there's one key that unifies his ideas , I think it's that of alchemy, the turning of base metals
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Anita Ashland
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
It's always good to revisit Jungian psychology regularly, especially given that CBT is all the rage these days. Moore is a Jungian analyst and an expert on James Hillman and provides accessible Jungian insights.

Aging is the topic of this book and he gives some interesting perspectives on it:

"Life is not a straight line but an array of steps moving from one level to the next, each level possibly lasting years. Often the ascension to a new level will be inspired by an extraordinary event, like a
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Kathleen Sams
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
People frequently assume that I am younger than I really am, but it has begun to bother me when people tell me I look young. Being told I look young is supposed to be a compliment, but actually, it is ageist. Why do we assume young is better than old? I prefer the term "ageless," which is the reason I picked up this book. I have known since I was very young that some people get old but never mature or become wise while some children are very wise. I also believe that in order to have a good deat ...more
Karen
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Moore uses his decades of work in psychology and spirituality to explore issues of aging. He draws on his training for the priesthood, his love of Jungian psychology (including the use of archetype, dream analysis, and embracing the shadow), the work of James Hillman, his clinical practice as a therapist, and his own life as a person in his mid 70s to see how the challenges of aging can be transformed into opportunities.

Although his book isn't organized around these steps, he identifies five st
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Clara
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
If you consider yourself no longer "young," there's a good deal to resonate with in Ageless Soul. For the most part, Thomas More is not telling us things we don't already know about growing older, particularly in Western societies. What he does do, eloquently and compassionately, is encourage us to use a better framework for thinking about aging.

More asks us to think of our later years as a time to grow into our true, best selves, rather than as a time of diminishment of self. We can make choice
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Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul, Ageless Soul, and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lec
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