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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385523629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385523622
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This book does not explain its title very well. After reading the entire book, I still don't understand the meaning of the title. Yes, we all plan our lives but what does "God Laughs" mean? The book is entertaining but it's the same old message that I have read over and over again in many other books. When you have disappointments in your life. blah, blah, blah. God seems to be laughing at a lot of people these days but not in the spirit of humor. It would be refreshing to read a book written by a religious person that gives a more realistic perspective of just how bad life can be and a more realistic way of dealing with the crap that confronts most people. I don't believe that all these religious people actually buy into the advice they give in their books. Optimism and false hope sell more books!
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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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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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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. The information was presented very well. I have recommended it to friends.
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