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This Jewish Life: Stories of Discovery, Connection, and Joy Paperback – April 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Eakin Press (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571687297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571687296
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,936,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An armful of books is one of the most delicious feelings I can imagine. Adventure, wisdom, mystery, all nestled in the crook of one arm, the crease in my elbow grins in anticipation. I was one of those luckynerdy kids who was happiest tucked away in my room, stomach to the mattress, a book propped against my pillow. The world fell away, leaving me free to enter the world of whatever author I was traipsing after.

Little surprise that I went from reading words to writing them. First journals and troves of letters, then essays, then books (two published; one in a drawer; one making the rounds), a blog (http://debradarvick.com) and more essays. Book number one, This Jewish Life: Stories of Discovery, Connection and Joy, out of print for a few years, has just been brought out by the wonderful and dedicated folks at Read the Spirit Books. Book number two, I love Jewish faces, celebrates Jewish diversity.

My essays and feature stories have appeared in dozens of mainstream and Jewish presses including Good Housekeeping, Newsweek, Moment, Hadassah and the Forward. A riff on my cowboy boots (seal grey leather with wonderful turquoise tooling) a year or two back, got me selected as Real Simple's Reader of the Month. Each month, I don my "Dear Debra" hat, as the advice columnist for Red Thread Magazine. In the not too distant future, Read the Spirit will be publishing Walking by the Way, Universal Wisdom from a Real Jewish Mother, a collection of my parenting essays written over the years and if the stars align, a second children's book titled This is the Farm that Iris Built.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Ably compiled by Debra B. Darvick, This Jewish Life: Stories Of Discovery, Connection, And Joy is an impressive anthology of inspirational true tales structured about Jewish holidays and landmark days. Drawing the reader into the everyday lives and faith of ordinary Jews, and offering a close and informative look at modern-day problems (both physical and spiritual) and the courage of spirit arising from Jewish faith, culture, and perspectives needed to address them, this Jewish Life is a welcome contribution to Judaic Studies reading lists for Jews and Gentiles alike.
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I picked up the book expecting a rather predictable bunch of stories of saintly lives. I found some stories of people I knew, and I knew they were likeable people but not religious leaders, and I was caught up reading details of their spiritual selves.

I decided to read the rest of the book, and now that I've finished it I'm very glad I read it through. Debra's collection is a vibrant and diverse group of people from traditional to Orthodox to secular, struggling to find their place in the world and to understand their experience of Judaism and God. Some are passionately secular, some are coming to terms with children who have chosen different paths.

Some of the stories brought tears to my eyes.

It's not a book about famous people, but about the rest of us, people who aren't fodder for gossip columns or pursued by paparazzi. And it's a book that may help all of us explore and become better aware of our own spiritual struggles, our failings and victories.

I liked the way Debra organized the book. I'm sure she chose 54 stories because there are 54 weekly readings in the Torah. Debra's book begins with birth (as does the Creation story) and ends with death, as the Torah ends with the death of Moses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Maddahi on March 17, 2010
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If you know nothing or little about Judaism, this book will give you an outline of our customs and traditions, along with uplifting personal stories. A must have!
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A must read for gentiles and Jews alike. Helps to understand the many different ways the Jewish identity can impact a person's life.
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