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5.0 out of 5 stars More Satisfying Than A Cheese Blintz, June 3, 2011
This review is from: Syd Arthur (Paperback)
What can I say. This girl's got writing chops! Syd Arthur is a book about a woman's lifelong spiritual journey and desire to find balance in a world of material enticements. Syd was born into a Jewish upper middle class family and lived a life of comfortable trappings, even after she married. When her daughter goes away to college and she feels the sting of the empty nest she begins her quest for enlightenment with a great deal of verve and commitment against many struggles along the way. Ellen Frankel writes with humor, eloquence, poetry and exquisite visualizations. The story is absorbing and the characters are flesh and blood relatable. Ellen has the talent to take you to an ashram and have you experience every ritual as if you were sitting in a lotus position yourself and chanting OM with all the other yogis. She has a way of explaining every Buddhist practice and every Sanskrit phrase so the reader is never lost in a strange and unfamiliar situation. Neither is the reader ever lost in a Jewish holiday ritual because Ellen explains the reasons for certain traditional foods and for the holiday itself. And how many writers do you know who are fluent in Jimmy Choo, Gucci and Buddhism? Not one, I bet! That's because Ellen has a facility for living in both worlds and teaches us how to live the Middle Way with compassion and grace.

Kudos to this author for showing us that religion is only efficacious if it reminds us to live an authentic and compassionate life.
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