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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385523629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385523622
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hirsch, a rabbi who has counseled many individuals over the years, puts their stories to good use as she proffers 10 steps to self-improvement and spiritual health. In addition to everyday stories from Hirsch's work life, as well as personal reflections (for example, to illustrate the idea of step seven, the divine spark, Hirsch tells the story of how she decided to become a rabbi), Hirsch draws on familiar figures from the Bible. She uses Jacob and Esau in step three to demonstrate how to forget past hurts and fears in order to become present in the here and now, and Jacob's ladder to illustrate step eight's instruction to be adventurous and take leaps of faith. Hirsch writes fluidly and makes readers feel as if she's speaking directly to them and never patronizes. Anyone who can advise readers to [t]ake your chicken, put all your 'oopses' on it, swing it around a few times, and call it a day in a way that makes complete sense is worth reading. (May)
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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.”
—Naomi Judd

“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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Helen L. Dinapoli on April 27, 2008
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I found Rabbi Hirsch's book, We Plan, God Laughs, warm, funny and inspirational. I've read numerous self-help books, but this one was special. Rabbi Hirsch's very human, very jewish, voice came through loud and clear and gave the book a personal reach that most of these types of books don't benefit from. I'm not jewish, but my niece has always had a deep connection to her jewish roots through her paternal grandparents. So, I sent the book to her after reading it. I have to say it transformed her life and, whether she was just ready for this type of exploration or not, I believe the book gave her the impetus she needed. After reading it in almost a single sitting, she ended up contacting her father and a brother and sister she hadn't spoken to in many years. It freed her from any residual anger she may have had over whatever problems had surfaced lo, those many years ago. I'd say helping even one person in such a manner deserves a five star rating for this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully written book by Rabbi Sherre Hirsh. Her tone warm, insightful and wise; I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Has brought clarity to things I've questioned relative to my journey through life. Rabbi Hirsch's personal references and guidance is wonderfully uplifting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By fluffy jindo on April 2, 2008
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Sherre Hirsch has written a wonderful, easy to read treasure that is funny and moving. This book made me feel like I was not alone in thinking that life is not turning out like I had planned. And maybe that is a good thing. She has inspired me to dream bigger that I could have ever imagined. Everyone should read this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alybaba on April 8, 2008
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This great book will have you asking: "Who is this Goddess of Wisdom and where has she been all my life?"

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?

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lance Moore on April 2, 2008
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A female rabbi as author ought to be enough reason alone to make you want to buy this book. But Sherre is the real deal, a genuinely loving and upbeat person who has a keen insight into life and faith... and her great sense of humor is icing on the cake. I'm a Christian Protestant, but if I lived in her city I'd be tempted to convert, just to attend her services!
-Dr. Lance Moore, author of "The Neurotic's Guide to God and Love"
The Neurotic's Guide to God and Love
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KimK on April 10, 2008
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We Plan, God Laughs is one of the easiest paths to inspiration you'll find. Through humorous and touching personal anecdotes, along with her unique way of presenting Biblical stories and lessons in an extremely accessible, real-person way, Rabbi Hirsch has written a guide book that makes living the life you want seem downright attainable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vilmar Garcz on June 16, 2013
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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.
MY mother used to says always "WE PLAN, GOD LAUGHS" , she was so right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Kinchen on June 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
BOOK REVIEW: 'We Plan, God Laughs' Offers 10-Step Spiritual Improvement Plan Grounded on Jewish Theology But Applicable to Those of All Faiths

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?
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