“This is not what I planned.” “Life isn’t fair.” A rabbi must hear these words all too many times. It takes a special kind of skill to be able to effectively help people through profound disappointment, disillusionment, or loss. Judging by this concise and inspirational how-to book, Rabbi Hirsch possesses this skill in abundance. In mostly short, declarative sentences Hirsch presents ten steps to personal growth and spiritual strength. Among the steps are “Getting Present,” “Finding Meaning,” and “Finding Your Divine Spark.” Each chapter suggests pragmatic ways to take control of your attitude when things go wrong, to take positive steps toward change, to prevent regrets and past mistakes from tainting your future. Hirsch’s own experiences, including her unsteady path to the rabbinate, along with lessons learned through the struggles of biblical figures, serve to illustrate and reinforce her message.
We Plan, God Laughs: Ten Steps to Finding Your Divine Path When Life is Not Turning Out Like You Wanted
Robin K. Levinson is an award-winning journalist and author of a dozen books, including the Gali Girls series of Jewish historical fiction for children. She currently works as an assessment specialist for a global educational testing organization. She lives in Hamilton, NJ.
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