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Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life Paperback – October 20, 2012
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About the Author
Lorraine Ash, MA, is an author, journalist, and essayist as well as a writing teacher. Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life is her second book. Her first memoir, Life Touches Life: A Mother's Story of Stillbirth and Healing, was published by NewSage Press and has circulated throughout the United States as well as in the Middle East, Australia, Europe, China, Canada, and Mexico. Shorter memoiric works have appeared in anthologies, including Steeped in the World of Tea, and various journals and webzines such as Cairn, Journeys, Ducts, and Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing. Lorraine also is a veteran journalist whose feature articles and series have won seventeen national, state, and regional awards and have appeared in daily newspapers across the country. She has been an editor/reporter since 1982, currently for New Jersey Press Media, a Gannett newspaper group. In her workshops and writing retreats Lorraine fuses rigorous original literary techniques with a wide range of spiritual, psychological, and philosophical thought. Participants learn to find their strongest writing voice, structure their stories in compelling ways, and see their lives from surprising and useful new angles. Lorraine belongs to the Story Circle Network, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Bill.
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Julie Maloney, Director of WOMEN READING ALOUD
It's funny how, when we're paying attention, life hands us exactly what we may need at any given moment. And that's what happened when I picked up Lorraine Ash's "Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life." I have long admired this author and devoured her first memoir, "Life Touches Life," but her newest book pricks my midlife dissonance and deftly manages to remind me both how to keep my feet on the ground and my head and heart in the spiritual realm. It is exactly the book I needed to read at this point in time.
If you're looking for someone to teach you how to somehow accept and embrace the hardest of life's challenges, Ash is that person. If you're looking for insight on integrating your ancestors' legacies with your own divine fate, then she's your guide. Weaving together joyous and tragic anecdotes from her rich, vivid life, Ash offers such wisdom about my own potential -- if I just dare to grab it -- that I am elevated by absorbing her words. She is a seeker and a sage who has much to offer us all.
Each chapter can stand alone as its own moving piece - a glimpse into our own values, lives, souls, and connections with Spirit. This is a journey through healing on many levels - the healing of body, mind, and spirit, and the interconnectedness of each. One of my favorite lines of the whole book is about healing: "The flip side, though, is that a healing intercession in anyone dimension creates a ripple effect through the others. Different healing modalities enter different portals of our being in different ways but they're all about achieving total freedom from dis-ease."
Self and Soul invites healing from the Source and in doing so, offers healing to all of us.
The author encourages us to look at the world through the eyes of an artist, pausing to observe the beauty around us. By telling her tragic story, she has found her voice. Now, she inspires us to tell our own stories.
I read this book in one sitting and know that I will return to it over and over again to discover new layers. There is a depth and richness to it that makes it like a treasure box to cherish; each lesson and insight can be taken out one at a time and held in the palm of your hand.