The Conscious Aging Book Club will conduct 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, will be 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! This month the club will be reading and discussing Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr.
About Falling Upward:
"A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life. In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite.? What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward."? In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who?have come to their fullness. Explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness Offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens loss is gain Richard Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right."
About The Sage’s Tao Te Ching:
The tenth anniversary edition of William Martin's free-verse interpretation of the "Tao Te Ching, " written expressly for those coming into the fullness of their wisdom
Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching," one of the world's most widely read books of wisdom, reminds its readers that the sage has been venerated in China for thousands of years. In this free-verse interpretation of the "Tao," William Martin subtly and powerfully captures the complex emotions connected with growing older. He encourages today's sages to recognize their inestimable worth in a youth-centric world that often goes astray: "Will I be able to harvest my life in compassion and love for the world? Will I find in my own heart the wisdom for which I long? This question trumps all others for me. I suspect it is the same for you."