Saved By Her Soul with Carol Orsborn, Ph.D.

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"Is it possible to be downsized, get a pink slip, hunt for a job, go through rejection, and keep your spirit intact?" This is the question Carol Orsborn faced when she, like so many others, was forced to reassess her values, her courage, and her faith during one of life's difficult times. Riding the ebbs and flows of fortune, emotions, and faith, she paid careful attention to the ways she retreated in defeat, and what inspired her to regain her optimism and her belief in herself. Through it all she discovered a new understanding of her spirituality, and found that life's twists and turns provided surprising opportunities to create new ways of expressing her truest self. In this intimate and uplifting discussion she discloses that "one of my main discoveries is that all the things I was doing were really not about me saving my soul. But it was ultimately about my soul saving me. And that is the relationship to God and spirituality that is my abiding lesson." (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Carol Orsborn, Ph.D. received her Masters of Theological Studies and Doctorate in History and Critical Theory of Religion from Vanderbilt University with post-graduate work in Spiritual Counseling at the New Seminary in Manhattan. Orsborn received her Doctorate in History and Critical Theory of Religion from Vanderbilt University, specializing in adult development and ritual studies, including intergenerational values formation and transmission. She has served on the faculties of Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Georgetown Universities. Dr. Orsborn lives in Nashville, Tennessee as part of an extended grand-family.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What you can do when positive thinking doesn't work
  • How you can grieve and function at the same time
  • Why you need two different kinds of community to support you
  • How faith can save you-even when you don't have any
  • How you can find the balance between going with the flow and focusing your power
Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 10/26/2009       Program Number: 3326