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A Cracking of the Heart Hardcover – October 26, 2009
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So advised Sarah Horowitz in an interview she gave the day before her unexpected death. In A Cracking of the Heart, David Horowitz explores the legacy of his extraordinary daughter's short life, and narrates his quest for a deeper understanding of the child he lost.
A remarkable woman and gifted writer, Sarah was afflicted with a birth condition that, while complicating and ultimately shortening her life, never affected her dreams. From an early age, she displayed inspiring courage in facing her own difficulties and boundless compassion for the underserved and overlooked in many communities, from an autistic niece in her own family to uneducated children in Africa.
A Cracking of the Heart chronicles the separation of father and daughter through political and familial conflicts, and their slow reunion. Alternately searing and uplifting, it reconciles what could have been with what is, taking the reader through a father's love, frustration, admiration, and grief, to what lies beyond.
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"Horowitz puts forth a touching and deeply told story between father and daughter. Similar backgrounds branch off into entirely different beliefs and lifestyles and yet with each turning page we see that blood runs far deeper than politics. A very engaging read."
--Robert Duvall, Academy Award-winning actor
"David Horowitz's book is filled with the passion born of love and commitment to family. It is a guide to family love and the triumphs of a wonderful daughter."
--Juan Williams, author of Eyes on the Prize
"This extraordinary book is a father's tribute to an amazing daughter who took on the problems of her community and her world with no regard to her own physical limitations. We treasure the time we had with this activist who left the world too soon and are deeply moved by her father's determination to tell her story that others might walk in her path."
--Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service
"David Horowitz understands tikkun olam from the inside out. He's one of those rare activists who is willing to learn from experience, from doubt, and from other people. I encourage you all to do the same by engaging with his fine and heartfelt book."
--Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc. and Nothing Sacred
"A Cracking of the Heart will indeed crack your heart, as it did mine. Rarely has a parent written so movingly of the life and death of a child as David Horowitz has of his physically disabled yet powerfully alive daughter, Sarah. It is inconceivable to me that there is a parent--or child--who will not be deeply affected by the wisdom and the humanity of this book."
--Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, and bestselling author of Happiness Is a Serious Problem
Top Customer Reviews
Sarah lived a truly inspiring and triumphant life. Born with Turner Syndrome, she faced difficulties that would have been considered huge obstacles by most people. She walked slowly and with a limp, had severe hearing difficulties, a poor sense of direction, was near-sighted and unable to drive. Despite these limitations she lived life with compassion, determination and generosity, along with a fierce sense of independence. Refusing to view herself as disabled, Sarah managed to work a 40-hour week as a teaching assistant for pre-school children and simultaneously earn two Masters degrees.
In addition, later in her life she became involved with a conservative synagogue led by a rabbi who became a trusted advisor and friend. Sarah traveled overseas to India and Uganda to work with the poor, and visited Israel twice. Each month she traveled across town to cook a meal for 60 homeless people - an obligation which her synagogue had taken on, and which Sarah volunteered to organize. She even traveled to Iowa during the last presidential campaign to work in support of Barack Obama. Sarah was also a talented writer. Her father includes many excerpts from her writings in this book, which show her to have possessed wisdom far beyond her years.Read more ›
He writes this loving memoir of his daughter straight from the heart,
the "cracked heart." His courageous daughter should make us remember
to live to make every day count and to tell those we love that we do
love and appreciate them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr. Horowitz is a wonderful writer I have read another book about his life since the sixties and his beliefs .His insights regarding his daughter and fatherhood are heartwarming. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Grandma
A beautiful and engaging memoir about a daughter lost to death. An amazing tribute to humanity, life, death, spirituality, and the bonds of family.Published on August 11, 2013 by daniel Long
Just recently became aware of David Horowitz ... he has quite a big persona, and I am sure it was not an easy task to live under his shadow. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by afp
Any parent of a handicapped child will recognize many of the themes of this book. We experience fear as our kids mature and begin to navigate the often-unfriendly world. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by J. D. Christensen