Conscious Aging Book Club

Carol Orsborn, Ph.D. leads the Conscious Aging Book Club for Parnassus Books. Carol is editor of Fierce with Age, the Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration and Spirituality. She has written 30 books for and about the boomer generation, including co-authoring The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older, winner of gold, category of Consciously Aging, Nautilus Book Awards. Carol received her Doctorate in the History and Critical Theory of Religion from Vanderbilt, specializing in adult and spiritual development and has taught at Georgetown University. Carol’s blog Older, Wiser, Fiercer is available at CarolOrsborn.com.

The Conscious Aging Book Club is a series of meetings at Parnassus Books for individuals in the Nashville area who aim to age well. The club's meetings, featuring non-fiction and memoir titles, are led by author Carol Orsborn, Ph.D. Each meeting is free and open to the public; buy the book, read the book, and join the conversation!

“Conscious aging is a new way of viewing growing older as a life stage with purpose, vitality and meaning of its own,” says Orsborn, an internationally-known expert in the aging field and editor of Fierce with Age: The Digest of Boomer Wisdom, Inspiration and Spirituality. “This monthly gathering, the first of its kind in Nashville, will draw upon the wisdom of authors, experts and each another to bust open the stereotypes of aging.” Orsborn, who lives in the Nashville area, received her Masters of Theological Studies and Doctorate in the History and Critical Theory of Religion from Vanderbilt University.  

The book club’s spring series will be held on the first Thursday of the month with the following titles:

April 4, The Grace of Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older by Kathleen Downing Singh

May 2, Aging an Apprenticeship by Nan Narboe

June 6, Are You Still Listening by Brent Green

July 11, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr 

August 1, The Sage's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life by William Martin

September 5, Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Dread of Death by Irvin Yalom

October 3, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of a Homecoming by Jenri J.M. Nouwen

November 7, The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron

The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781614291268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wisdom Publications - August 5th, 2014

Aging: An Apprenticeship Cover Image
By Nan Narboe (Editor)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780692753996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Notebook Press - April 4th, 2017

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780470907757
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jossey-Bass - April 19th, 2011

The Sage's Tao Te Ching, Tenth Anniversary Edition: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life Cover Image
By William Martin, Chungliang Al Huang (Foreword by), Hank Tusinski (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781615190249
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: The Experiment - August 17th, 2010

Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780470401811
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Jossey-Bass - April 2009

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385473071
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Image - March 1994

The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611805963
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Shambhala - August 21st, 2018