We Plan, God Laughs: Ten Steps to Find­ing Your Divine Path When Life is Not Turn­ing Out Like You Wanted

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By – January 26, 2012

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.

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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