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The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy after Heartbreak Hardcover – March 11, 2014
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Twenty-five years ago, Rabbi Sherman and his family had their lives reconfigured around an extraordinary medical event. He entwines these experiences with biblical passages that have helped them through. Beginning with the family’s last “normal” summer, he introduces readers to his third-born, Eyal, then a bright and playful four-year-old. Eight months later, Eyal was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Most of the tumor was removed through a delicate surgery, but the boy suffered a stroke soon after, which has left him both paraplegic and voiceless. The book describes how the rabbi and his wife reworked their lives and the lives of all five of their kids to keep Eyal with them. Their journey through various stages of education and self-discovery is juxtaposed gracefully with what they learned from caregivers, other parents of ill children, scriptural studies, and Eyal himself. This will be of interest to families who find themselves in similar situations, no matter their faith. --Francisca Goldsmith
A meaningful portrayal of how tragedy affected and transformed one family and especially one religious leader...Deeply moving, extraordinarily thought-provoking and entirely humane. (Kirkus Reviews)
"This is truly an unforgettable and amazing story—heart wrenching, inspiring, and ultimately reassuring. There’s no denying the searing pain of heartbreak, but also no denying the strength of the human spirit to carry on. I can't imagine a person that this wonderful book won't touch. I loved reading every page." (Wolf Blitzer, CNN Anchor)
"For anyone who has ever asked 'How can I possibly survive this?' Charles Sherman has written The Broken and The Whole. This heartfelt and honest memoir of life with his severely disabled son, Eyal, is a soaring poem of hope that gently leads the reader to a place of renewed joy - no matter how impossible or painful the circumstances." (Kay Warren Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA)
“The reader will come away with admiration for the courage of a young boy and for the boundless dedication of his devoted family. A deeply moving book.” (Harold S. Kushner author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People)
“A work redolent with the wisdom and the joy wrung from pain. Eyal and his family deepen our understanding of what it means to love.” (Rabbi David Wolpe Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, and author of Why Faith Matters)
“Rabbi Charles Sherman's odyssey with his son, Eyal, who suffered a catastrophic brain stem stroke, is a masterful portrayal of a family with courage, fortitude and eternal hope against all odds. The way Rabbi Sherman weaves his tale with personal stories, insights into Jewish tradition, undefended honesty about his own personal growth, and much more is a truly enriching read. Have a tissue (or a box of tissues) with you – because you will laugh, cry and jump for joy at different parts of this remarkable book. It will open your heart and stretch your soul.” (Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins co-editor, Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul)
“Charles Sherman’s book on loss touches the heart. It validates the deep emotional price we all pay when faced with serious challenges. In the process, Rabbi Sherman softly helps the reader to turn loss into something positive; gently, ever so gently, one is able to learn from the hurt of the past while moving forward to a new day. He does all this with a sense of gentility, sensitivity and an awareness of God’s role in making all this possible. It is beautiful reading.” (Rabbi Avi Weiss Senior Rabbi of Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Co-Founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship)
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We all think our problems are bad. Whenever I find myself feeling sorry for myself, I plan to re-read this book. Even if I don't feel sorry for myself, I plan to re-read this book.
Whatever your religion you will find a pathway to the Lord when you read this book.
I suggest reading it twice. So much in the book it cannot be adsorbed in one reading!