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Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life Hardcover – September 5, 2006
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Gail points out that, as a Jewish woman, this book touched her -- but I can also recommend this to a broader audience, as well.
The entire concept of the book is fresh and appealing because -- let's be honest -- most of us do not lead perfectly organized lives. Our lives are not only messy -- they're filled with ambiguity and daily friction. We love our family, for example, but we question -- and sometimes deeply disagree -- with some family members. The messiness extends further into our workplaces, communities and world.
Rabbi Kula is trying to provide a spiritual framework for accepting that messiness as part of life's pilgrimage. Rather than trying to escape it, he argues, we should realize that a certain messiness is the fabric of life itself. The challenge is where we will allow our yearnings to carry us in this pilgrimage through the mess.
If you have any interest at all in a real understanding of God and life, please read this book. Rabbi Irwin Kula shares wonderful insights and wisdom into why our perception and expectations of life are they way they are. He also helps readers to see the simplicity of our personal universe when given another, perhaps more considered, viewpoint.
There is a lot of rich material for thought and enlightenment here, so take your time and enjoy what Rabbi Kula teaches. For me it was like eating a great meal, every mouthful to be savored and all the food healthy and nourishing.
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I loved this book. Rabbi Kula's style is down to earth, filled with wisdom both biblical and practical, and his thesis that our task is to yearn , that this propels us and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pastor
This is an adult and insightful view of the Torah and Judaism from the viewpoint of a personal, scholarly and introspective life.Published 9 months ago by S. Edwin Fineberg
I am a spiritual person but do not have a specific dogma. I found this book to be a beautiful interpretation of the stories of the Bible in their philosophical significance - and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Erin
This seems to be yet another piece of "my memoirs" of another Rabbi who wants to fulfill himself. Read morePublished 20 months ago by shanadad
This book is so insightful as to why so many things in life aren't ordered and packaged up neatly. I recommend this to all my friends when I talk about the crazy things we do when... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by S. Graffuis
I teared up so many times while listening to Rabbi Kula. His pragmatic and broad hearted faith is truly moving and inspiring, whether you are of the Jewish faith or not.Published on September 16, 2013 by Ramki K
I love this book. Rabbi Kula has really interesting insight on spirituality and many modern day concerns that intersect in people's lives.Published on September 14, 2013 by Maggie A
Rabbi kula has reached back and has brought to us the ancient wisdom .In doing so the past and the present is reconnected.He is well aware of the ancient cry for Oneness. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Harry Sky