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Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration Paperback – October 21, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Image (October 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385510039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385510035
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Levy, one of the first female Conservative rabbis in the United States, offers perceptive prayers, personal stories, and some powerful thoughts on the efficacy of prayer in this heartfelt book. Remarkably, it is more directed toward blessing others than praying for oneself: in a particularly moving section, Levy encourages people to place their hands on their children's and parents' heads and pronounce blessings upon them. Although Levy draws primarily from Jewish traditions, these prayers will be welcomed by people of many faiths; in particular, those who are grieving will cherish Levy's lucid understanding of the depth of pain. This is not a simplistic, sound-bite prayer book, but a carefully considered manual for inviting God into every possible situation. (Aug. 25)
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"Those of us who have been deeply moved by Naomi Levy's book, To Begin Again, will welcome her new book, Talking to God . The beautiful, simple, and direct prayers she offers here will enrich the spiritual practices of persons of all faith traditions."
-Joseph C. Hough, Jr., President, Union Theological Seminary

"Talking to God is a beautiful and heartfelt collection of prayers. It's filled with wisdom, compassion and plenty of insight. I loved every page and will refer to it often."
-Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff

"The author challenges us to partner with God by doing all we can to answer our own prayers... Talking to God involves a lecture to self, then a prayer beyond self to One who calls you out of self."
-Rev. Cecil L. Murray, Senior Minister, First A.M.E. Church

"I hope that all the people who feel detached from God because they cannot pray will read Naomi Levy's book and learn to re-connect."
-Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


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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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Her first book, To Begin Again closed each chapter with a prayer.
Christian Observer
They are useful by themselves but are also wonderful guides to help us find our own voices, spirit and direction to draft our own prayers.
A Satisfied Reader
The prayers are written in a direct language; and I find they are easily spoken.
David Morgenstern

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on September 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The author of the best selling, tear jerking, hope-filled, "TO BEGIN AGAIN," offers us this collection of personal prayers for people of all faiths, for all occasions. True prayers lead to action. Some find that traditional prayers are unfulfilling or worse, alienating. This book provides simple, direct and intimate prose, as if you are chatting with a loved one, God. Many of the prayers are preceded by a poignant story from Rabbi Levy's life in the rabbinate.
In Part 1, there are Daily Prayers for Morning, Driving, Difficult Days, Food on Our Table, Seeking the Ability to Pray, Finding Mentors in the least likely places, Nighttime, and a Prayer for the Parent to say to a Child at Night. You think you had bad days, consider her story prior to one prayer for Bad Days, when she recounts that the day she moved homes, she had a car accident, had to bid farewell to a dying congregant, and found the tallis given to her by her dean being used as a drop cloth by painters.
Part 2 contains prayers for love and marriage, including prayers for finding love, sexuality, rekindling passion, breakups, marriage, troubles, anniversaries, guidance after unfaithfulness, healing from divorce, preparing for the wedding ceremony, and the second marriage. The prayer for fighting sexual temptation is preceded by a hilarious story about how the rabbi's phone number became confused with that of an internet prostitute. You'll have to read the book to learn about how the problem was resolved. In Part 3, there are prayers for Pregnancy and Childbirth, including prayers for Conception, Pregnancy and Strength, and Birth. In Part 4, there are prayers for parenthood and adoption, and a story about how the rabbi learns to face the challenges of parenting a special needs child.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CHANA BELL on September 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I just purchased "Talking to God" recently, and immediately I found prayers that moved me and that I could share with friends for their specific needs. For example as we approached September 11th I wanted to find a prayer for my neighbor who had lost her brother in the Towers. I shared with her the prayer on loss through tragedy. Her comment was that the author of this prayer had obviously gone through a tragedy herself. This neighbor stated that she keeps reading the prayer and finds comfort from it. On another occasion I read the prayer which is for the parents of special needs children to my close friend who is the parent of a special needs child, and we both cried. She immediately wanted a copy of the prayer and the book. Before my family Rosh HaShannah dinner I read the prayer for the New Year to my guests, and everyone wanted a copy of the book. I know that this book will be a continual resource for me, my family, and my friends.
There is a light that shines from the prayers and the annecdotal material. This book models the possibility of prayer as a personal conversation with God. Every household needs a copy of
"Talking to God" by Naomi Levy
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tw Rutledge on November 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Rabbi Levy's new book sparkles in the sea of self-help and spiritual books out there in the big wide world. She has the talent and the inclination to do bring spirituality to us in practical ways, helping us to heal the painful split between spiritual belief and "real life."
Might as well order 5 copies for starters because you are going to want to give this one away. Naomi Levi is the voice of practical grace, and I can't think of a better gift than that.
- Thom Rutledge, Author of Embracing Fear (HarperSanFrancisco)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Siegel on July 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Rabbi Naomi Levy encourages the expression of personal prayers to God. This book is filled with her own prayer offerings on general subjects like birth, marriage, sexuality, divorce as well as specific subjects like "A Prayer for rekindling passion" and "A prayer during labor." The most fascinating parts of this book for me were Rabbi Levy's anecdotes--stories about her congregants faith issues and her own family life. Rabbi Levy talks about her own faltering faith in God when her father was murdered and when her daughter was diagnosed with disabilities. She writes with a deep sense of openness and compassion.
Rabbi Levy encourages us to write personal prayers that not only ask for help but also thank God. This practice furthers appreciation for the gifts in our life and in the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MK79 on August 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a Chaplain at a Children's Hospital, and I have found this book to be an extremely useful resource for working with parents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Satisfied Reader on November 13, 2002
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Very inspiring. The topics chosen by Rabbi Levy and the prayers she has composed resonate deeply. I use this book as a constant reference. The prayers are simple and personal. They are useful by themselves but are also wonderful guides to help us find our own voices, spirit and direction to draft our own prayers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 2002
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I read Naomi levy's first book "To Begin Again" and found it spiritually very comforting and uplifting. When I heard she had just completed her second book "Talking to God" I could not wait to see what next she had in store for us. Again she shows such a remarkable ability to reach out to all of us in her beautifully written prayers and her touching and revealing stories.
Her prayers are so unusual in that they deal with the personal everyday contingencies that life presents. What parent hasn't experienced some trepidation when a child leaves the household for the first time or goes off to college. Who hasn't agonized when taking on a new position or job.
Levy provides us with simple but meaningful prayers to help us deal with just such moments. I can't praise her book enough for all that it offers.
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