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Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living Hardcover – September 21, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385531702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385531702
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Levy, one of the first women to be ordained as a Conservative rabbi, often counseled her congregants when they faced problems. But when her daughter, Noa, was diagnosed with a potentially fatal degenerative disease, she found herself unprepared for the crisis. Putting her life on hold, Levy focused on finding a way to heal her daughter. As she moved through her journey of pain, she eventually realized that she needed to restart her own life and learn to live well despite her family circumstances. Ironically, Noa supplied the necessary inspiration, accepting her physical and learning disabilities while persevering and maintaining an optimistic attitude. An honest account of a family struggle as well as a tribute to a very strong mother-daughter bond, this will appeal to those who gravitate toward self-help books based on Jewish wisdom. --Barbara Bibel

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Praise for HOPE WILL FIND YOU
 
"A breathtaking journey of concern and connection, fear and faith. Rabbi Levy lets us in and allows us to see the human face of spirituality."
-Jamie Lee Curtis
 
"A sign of a great book is that while you're reading it, you're thinking of all the people you are going to give it to, Naomi Levy's Hope Will Find You is that book. This is a deeply affecting memoir that you may want, but you unquestionably need. It blew me away."
-Julie Klam, author Please Excuse My Daughter and You Had Me at Woof
 
"Naomi Levy gained much wisdom from the tribulations of her own family.  We can gain that wisdom by reading her moving book about it."
-Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
 
“This beautifully written, personal and poignant story carries the universal truth that patient wisdom keeps the doors to celebration and gratitude always open.”
-Sylvia Boorstein, Author of Happiness is an Inside Job
 
"If you're reading this blurb, then believe me:  This book is extraordinary.  The storytelling is profoundly moving, the message of not giving up or giving in even more so, and Rabbi Naomi Levy's ability to draw out meaning from biblical texts is innovative and profound.  I opened up the book late one evening, and didn't put it down until I finished."
-Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy and A Code of Jewish Ethics
 
“An inspiring, honest and beautifully written memoir; you will be grateful it found you.”
-Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple Los Angeles, author of Why Faith Matters
 

More About the Author

NAOMI LEVY, author of the national bestseller To Begin Again and Talking to God, is the founder and leader of NASHUVA, the Jewish spiritual outreach movement. Named one of the 50 top rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, she was in the first class of women to enter the Conservative rabbinical seminary. Naomi has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show and NPR. She lives in Venice, California, with her husband, Rob Eshman, and their children, Adi and Noa.

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A gifted writer, Rabbi Levy is able to transform her stories into enjoyable and inspiring lessons for life.
Toba August
To Begin Again is one of my all time favorite books so I was hesitant to read Hope Will Find You thinking that it couldn't be as wonderful.
groupworker
The author begins the book describing a call she received from a doctor who diagnosed her daughter with a rare form of ataxia.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on November 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Naomi Levy saw her dream, her dreams, come true. As a child she dreamed of being a rabbi--even if, as she was told, "Girls can't be rabbis." She graduated from a Conservative rabbinical seminary, a member of the first entering class with women members. Like many young women, she dreamed of a soul-mate husband and a family. Rob Eshman appeared, as shortly, did Adi and then Noa. The family prospered, the career took off. Life was good.

One thing Levy preached and Levy lived: don't wait for life to begin when fill-in-the blank (get the degree, get married, lose weight, gain weight) happens. Life is here. Live now. Then Levy's own dream-life ended. Her world crashed one Sabbath evening when a doctor called and callously announced that five-year-old daughter Noa had a degenerative and eventually fatal disease. Even though this death sentence was later commuted to a wait-and-see, it-could-be-something-else probation, life for the family changed forever. Especially for Levy, life changed.

Now she was one of the people who need help. One of the people waiting for something to happen. Her child became her career. Treatments, therapies, time in the car, time in the waiting room. The dream was a nightmare, pulling down not only Levy but her family.

Have faith! Naomi did--hers wasn't lost; it was misplaced. Through the help of her family, a study partner, and the memory of the strong religious background her father instilled, she found it, realizing "things get better."

In Hope Will Find You, Levy recounts the journey to the better place--it was, and is not a straight road but a curving, unfolding and sometimes rocky one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on October 11, 2010
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The book "Hope Will Find You" is a gripping story of a mother's challenge to seek her own voice and inner self in the face of her daughter's special needs and disabilities. Naomi Levy writes about the various moments in her own life in a very direct, honest and even humorous way. The bigger lesson in this wonderful book is that life can begin at any point. Seizing the moment NOW is the skill which helps us understand the title of the book, "Hope Will Find You".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Toba August on November 2, 2010
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Hope Will Find You has something for everyone. You will laugh, cry and be moved in profound ways. A gifted writer, Rabbi Levy is able to transform her stories into enjoyable and inspiring lessons for life. Not only did I learn life lessons, but many insightful teachings from the Jewish tradition. You will want to read this book and buy copies for many friends!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shari L. Edelstein on November 2, 2010
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All of Naomi Levy's books are worth reading. She speaks to us all on a very basic, personal level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A Ierien on October 28, 2010
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Having loved Naomi Levy's first book, To Begin Again, for many years, I was excited to read her latest work. I was not disappointed! I was moved by her personal story of struggle, as she faced one of humanity's common fears: what will the future hold? Levy writes with compassion, spiritual depth and humor, in a way that grabs the reader and won't let go. This book has the power to bring healing to many.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donnaot on October 26, 2010
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This was a wonderfully written book by an amazing and strong woman who shared the story of the struggle of raising a child with special need. As an Occupational Therapist for children, it gave me much insight on how parents deal with the challenges of raising a special child. I loved the book and highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2011
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At times in life many of us will go through a difficult struggle, one that may be on-going with no simple solution. When Rabbi
Levy's young daughter is diagnosed as having a potentially fatal disease the struggle begins for the Rabbi. She struggles to get her daughter the right treatments and she also struggles with her own fear as well as questioning her own faith In god. As she describes the details of her struggles and feelings she also relates stories from the old testament that she identifies with and uses the meaning she takes from the stories as a means of self-help. I found this psycho-spiritual perspective derived from biblical stories to be quite unique and interesting.
Rabbi Levy's writing style is very personal and moving; she is able to tell the story in a way that makes it hard to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By groupworker on January 2, 2011
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To Begin Again is one of my all time favorite books so I was hesitant to read Hope Will Find You thinking that it couldn't be as wonderful. I was wrong. Hope Will Find You doesn't deserve 5 stars, it deserves more. It is a beautiful book that I want to read again and give copies to my friends. While the book focuses on Rabbi Levy's journey with her daughter's disabilities (and fear of it being a potentially fatal prognosis), the wisdom here goes way beyond a parent's fears. Rabbi Levy is a master story teller and she weaves in Jewish learning in such an inspiring way that any reader would appreciate (even those of other faiths). Naomi shares her own vulnerabilities and uncertainties to help you accept your own and be more understanding of others. While she focuses on the goodness around her she also is quite honest about the doctors who were not optimistic or kind. If you are looking for a book that is truly what is meant by inspirational, do yourself a favor and run and get this book.
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