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We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head Paperback – June 16, 2009
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“An uplifting book! Where there is despair, Rabbi Hirsch offers hope, and where there is confusion, she shows us the path to clarity.”
—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“Sherre’s humor, insights, and warmth charm me. This book is like an inspiring visit with a wise spiritual teacher.”
“Rabbi Sherre Hirsch has blessed us with a wonderful book to lift our souls. In a voice of wisdom and compassion, she inspires us to heal our hurts, realize our dreams, and laugh with God.”
—Naomi Levy, author of To Begin Again and Talking to God
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A touching, clever, genuinely helpful work that should be read by anyone in need of a little perspective and support. Rabbi Hirsch's "rubber chicken trick" is worth the price of admission alone - and how often do you hear THAT about a Rabbi?
-Dr. Lance Moore, author of "The Neurotic's Guide to God and Love"
The Neurotic's Guide to God and Love
By David M. Kinchen
If Sherre Hirsch's "We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head" (Doubleday, $[...], 208 pages) sounds as if it was written by a cheerleader, it makes sense: Rabbi Hirsch was a cheerleader in high school. Who knew? A cheerleader who became a rabbi: only in America!
The title comes from an old Yiddish proverb, but Hirsch turns it on its head: In her view God is not laughing at you, he's laughing with you. Hirsch was a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles from 1998-2006, where she built the membership to a record level. She received her Rabbinic ordination and master's degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She has a master's in Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism in L.A., as well as a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.
She's academically qualified and from my reading of her spritely, easy-to-digest book, she's adept in practical counseling, too.
The 10 steps are:
1) What Happened? Assessing yourself honestly
2) Ending the Excuses.
3) Getting Present.
4) Celebrating the Divine You.
5) Partnering with God.
6) Re-Creating Your Creator.
7) Finding Your Divine Spark.
8) Engaging Up.
9) Finding New Meaning.
10) Questioning -- an essential element in Jewish theology. (As is answering a question with another question!)
Sounds new-agey, doesn't it?Read more ›
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Sherre is a spectacular storyteller and this was a quick thought provoking read.Published 2 months ago by Maureen
I have loved this book since I first bought a copy seven years ago. I continue to give it as a gift, and also re-read it, when life isn't going quite the way I expected and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Babs
I love this author and plan to read others by her. The title is one that I say all the time so it is up my ally and she shares a very introspective and spiritual view with I also... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Brownlee
The name of the caught my attention as it is a saying my Mom quoted all the time. The book was thought provoking for me. I felt the book helped me to learn more about myself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this to be an exellent book, but not entirely what I expected. The writer had a lot of good things to say; however, I was looking for a bit more Jewish humor based on... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Abraham Sandler
This book really changed my life ! I have purchased two since, to give to people who picked it up off my table and started reading it and like it immediately.Published 20 months ago by NBmomof3
If you a jew or not, Rabi Hirsch, really gives a lesson how to understanding and face the changes in life,
I already bought a few of them and give to friends. Read more
Reading this book brings your life into focus. You are more aware of what's really going on...are you on your divine path? Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Estelle Marcus
Great Book! Recommend Highly to those who want to better their Life and always say " Why did this happen to me"?Published on September 3, 2009 by Jodena