Self and Soul

On Creating a Meaningful Life

By Lorraine Ash

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“Self and Soul shines with heart, soul, and brilliance. As with Life Touches Life, Lorraine Ash has created a book that gets right to the bone marrow. I love this book.”

Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.
author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

Spiritual seekers are romanticized as adventurers with amazing lives. Problem is, they also often are discontent. Their journeys are about looking but never finding. Success is always just over yonder. It’s one town over, just around the bend.

Lorraine Ash understands and personalizes the journey in Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life, a spiritual memoir that addresses the unique nature of the spiritual journey in the twenty-first century. The questions that propelled her drive many of us: What should I do? Where do I fit? Who do I ask? What does my life mean?

Yet they are asked in an unprecedented landscape. Sixteen percent of Americans live without a religious affiliation, according to the U.S. Census, and forty-eight percent describe themselves as “spiritual and religious.” The Internet age makes it easy for people to share aspects of their faiths and promotes a mixing and matching hitherto unknown in human history.

“Self and Soul is one of the most eloquent, elegant, and spiritually rich descriptions of the human journey I’ve read. It is as much a prayer as a book—a poetic example of the healing power of “giving voice” and proclaiming one’s inner truth.”

Larry Dossey, M.D.
author of The Science of Premonitions

Never has it been more important, Ash writes, to fashion a faith born of belief and experience, a faith rooted in inner landscapes where we speak directly with the divine, make our own meaning, and find the resiliency to thrive and change in a challenging world.

In these pages Ash describes the voicelessness she experienced while seeking—in part a result of having her prayers written for her—and a sudden and unexpected encounter with the divine in a hospital bed in the wee hours. She had just delivered her stillborn child and was fighting for her own life. During her recovery, she found the black-and-white world of her inner life start to glow with the colors of a gloaming she sees while on a picnic in the hills of Northwest New Jersey. A divine force was beginning to animate her from the inside.

“Lorraine Ash writes eloquently and with arresting honesty. Reading Self and Soul entices readers to follow her quest for personal and spiritual integrity.”

Robert C. Fuller, Ph.D.
author of Spiritual, But Not Religious: Understanding Unchurched American Religion

With color and nuance came new possibilities and a voice, at first small, in which Ash learned to speak from her heart. Her new inner life led her to temples, alternative healers on the mesas of Arizona, wisdom from the Tao, and a stunning revelation at Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece in Pennsylvania.¬†Along the way Ash encounters sages but also people of ill will who are never a destination but nevertheless impart important lessons.

In her childhood her father used to ask, “Where does it all take us in the end?” But, unhappy with nebulous and ever-elusive destinations, Ash changed the question for herself to: “Where are we now and how can it be made better?” For the quality of all our tomorrows, she concludes, will be the same as the quality of today.

“Lorraine Ash’s writing leads us into the heart of the supreme secret that all sages, saints and wise people have sought for millennia: we are that which we search for.”

William Elliott
author of Tying Rocks to Clouds: Meetings and Conversations with Wise and Spiritual People

Self and Soul is for people living lives of quiet desperation, questioning what it means to strive and succeed in conventional ways, and wondering if their efforts matter. It is an encouragement and inspiration for people who want the peace and knowing that comes with living a divinely inspired life.


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Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life

By Lorraine Ash
Published December 2012

Trade paperback $12.95 US, £7.95 UK, €9.95
ISBN 978-1-939129-00-0

Ebook $6.99 US
ISBN 978-1-939129-02-4

Audiobook $14.95 US
ISBN 978-1-934814-64-2