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Rabbi Marc Gafni is a Kabbalist, someone who studies the mystical interpretations of biblical books, handed down over many generations. Through his studies Gafni became fascinated with the power of biblical myths to awaken the soul while also helping us understand our earthly purpose. The more he delved into the Kabbalah, the more he became interested in the individual blueprint of the soul--how each person seemed born to a different soul-driven destiny.
"Your soul print is your personal signature," explains Gafni. "It is the contour and content of your soul--it's character.... It is even more singular to you than your genes and chromosomes."
In blending his two passions, "soul prints" and myths, Rabbi Gafni created an ambitious spiritual self-help book filled with sage advice on living in connection with the soul. Don't be squeamish about the self-help mission. Gafni's narrative reads more like a personal counseling session in a rabbi's private office--intelligent, warm (expect lots of chuckles), occasionally tangential, but mostly filled with practical guidance. He also inserts numerous sidebars that offer "Soul Print Practices," such as "Make a list of the seven wonders of your world" or "Take sensual risks. Be creative with your senses in how or what you eat, or make love." --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Just as fingerprints are unique, so, too, says Rabbi Gafni, are soul prints: each human soul has an individual mark that it leaves behind on everyone it touches. Gafni, dean of the Merlitz Public Culture Center in Israel, weaves together autobiographical reflections with tips and exercises designed to help readers discover their soul prints and find fulfillment. Gafni begins with the premise that everyone is lonely and many people look for cures in places where they will never find them, such as sexual encounters. Many of the exercises in this splendid book are designed to help readers confront, and then cure, that loneliness. Gafni suggests that readers share what they learn while reading this book with a lonely person they know. Readers are then asked to make a "Soul Print box" that contains the things that are most important to them, and then to show the contents of that box to one other person. Gafni advocates the practice of random acts of kindness: "Bring happiness to one person each week, for no apparent reason." His tremendous breadth distinguishes this volume from so many spiritualized self-help tomes. He draws on the fantasy novella Flatlands and the teachings of Talmudic rabbis, on psychologists and prophets. He tells his own stories and biblical stories. Though steeped in Jewish wisdom, this book will be accessible and helpful to readers of many faiths. Gafni occasionally states the obvious (as when he notes that if "after a long day of living your life, you feel as if you are on the verge of tears," something might be amiss). But those few banalities can't ruin this insightful book. (Mar.)Forecast: This book is being published in conjunction with a major PBS special by the same title, scheduled to air in early March; this should have a significant impact on book sales. Gafni will be doing a 10-city author tour later that month.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Editorial Reviews
This book is beautiful. However, I caution you to only buy a copy for a nickel at a local book store or download free. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DahlingD
The book came promptly, in great condition. Xtra pleased. What else can I ask for.Thank you so much from HelenPublished 17 months ago by Helen J. Rankin
This is more than a self help book. This writer addresses the Soul from the perspective of the spiritual image as he walks the reader through the many aspects of one's life, growth... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Louise Kimbrel
This is one of those life changing books worth reading and re reading many times over, there are many short stories woven into the fabric of the book that help illustrate a point... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by A. Deras
This book wouldn't be for everyone; but if you're on a spiritual path you'll find this rewarding. It calls you to embrace your loneliness as a first step to moving into loving. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Julia Kline
From the very first paragraph, the book grabbed my interest. It brought alive my own sense of alienation and suffering. I understood why I was suffering. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by nargis
The austhor has a lot to contribute, but misses the mark by claiming two stories that are not his own. Two stories in this book come directly from Robert Fulgham. Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by S. Burk
Nothing will prepare you for the level of search, the journey and the discoveries you will make, guided by Mark Gafni. It is mystical without being partial. Read morePublished on August 22, 2006 by Ms. Katerina Kafaki
Although no of the Jewish faith, I thoroughly enjoyed discovering myself through these stories of biblical and folk myths. Read morePublished on February 10, 2006 by Marylin M. Butorac