From the Inside Flap
Take Control of Your Boredom
We all have moments when we feel as if we have nothing new to contribute to the world, when the monotony of routine minimizes our intensity for learning, prayer, and our hunger for wonder. We may even feel as if we are subjected to boredom at every turn because of the impossibility of newness. But there is a way to use our boredom as an invitation to revisit our expectations and our responsibility for self-engagement.
Exploring spiritual boredom through the lenses of psychology, philosophy, and theology, as well as Jewish prayer, community, and education, Dr. Erica Brown demonstrates how we can recast our ability to create, invent, and discover that which is new by following the teachings of Judaism--to stop and take note, to reflect in community and in private prayer, and most importantly, to act.
Describing practical ways for changing our attitude toward boredom, she illustrates that although there will never be an end to boredom, with planning and insight we may get closer to managing it, leveraging it, and allowing it to teach us something about ourselves.
"[A] path-breaking book.... Identifies the spiritual ennui that is rarely addressed and that results in yawns and in alienation. It then tells us what we can do about it to establish a Judaism that can re-excite our souls, our minds, and our hearts."
--Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author, Jewish Literacy and A Code of Jewish Ethics
"Insightful, challenging, even transformative--a welcome antidote to those who would just shrug and say that there's nothing we can do to infuse our Jewish lives with more joy, more meaning, and more spirit."
--Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, editor, New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future
About the Author
Dr. Erica Brown, a frequent speaker on subjects of Jewish interest, is director of adult education for the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning and scholar-in-residence at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She is author of Inspired Jewish Leadership: Practical Approaches to Building Strong Communities, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and co-author of The Case for Jewish Peoplehood: Can We Be One? (both Jewish Lights). She received the Covenant Award and was selected as an Avi Chai Fellow, known as "The Jewish Genius Award."
Also by Dr. Erica Brown
Inspired Jewish Leadership: Practical Approaches to Building Strong Communities
Finalist, National Jewish Book Award
Provides information, interactive exercises, and questions for reflection to help you define leadership styles and theories, expose common myths, and coach others on the importance of leading with meaning. 6 x 9, 256 pp, Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-58023-361-3 $24.99
The Case for Jewish Peoplehood Can We Be One?
Co-authored with Dr. Misha Galperin Foreword by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Explores the purpose, possibilities, and limitations of peoplehood as a unifying concept of community for a people struggling profoundly with Jewish identity. 6 x 9, 224 pp, Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-58023-401-6 $21.99