A Formula for Proper Living: Practical Lessons from Life and Torah

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How do you wish to live?

The choices we make are significantly affected by how we view ourselves—our identity—and how we feel about what we see—our self-esteem. If we can change the way we see ourselves, we can change the way we interact with others and the choices we make, helping us to live compassionately and achieve spiritual well-being.

Weaving anecdotes from his counseling career with stories from the Hebrew Bible and Jewish wisdom ...

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A Formula for Proper Living: Practical Lessons from Life and Torah

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Overview

How do you wish to live?

The choices we make are significantly affected by how we view ourselves—our identity—and how we feel about what we see—our self-esteem. If we can change the way we see ourselves, we can change the way we interact with others and the choices we make, helping us to live compassionately and achieve spiritual well-being.

Weaving anecdotes from his counseling career with stories from the Hebrew Bible and Jewish wisdom literature, Dr. Twerski illustrates the Jewish tradition's enduring freshness and vitality for initiating self-actualization and personal improvement to help you:
•Form an accurate self-image and overcome low self-esteem
•Control pride and other destructive instincts and impulses
•Create and maintain healthy and loving relationships
•Manage grief, healing your body and spirit
•Learn to trust and enhance personal happiness
•Cope with despair and find hope
•Repair the world by improving yourself

"A treat for the spirit as well as the mind, the book that every life coach wished they had written to help you set goals and the way to get there. Introduces us to the nexus of modern psychiatry, deep spiritual learning, and insights from everyday life, aided by the gentle, accessible voice of the author."
Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director, Jewish Outreach Institute; author, Life's Daily Blessings: Inspiring Relections on Gratitude and Joy for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580234023
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD, a psychiatrist, rabbi, and frequent lecturer on a broad range of topics including spirituality and self-esteem, is author of over fifty books, including Happiness and the Human Spirit: The Spirituality of Becoming the Best You Can Be, A Formula for Proper Living: Practical Lessons from Life and Torah (both Jewish Lights), Waking Up Just in Time, The Spiritual Self, and Getting Up When You're Down. He is the founder and medical director emeritus of Gateway Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit www.abrahamtwerski.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1. WHAT DRIVES US? 13 2. IDENTITY AND SELF-ESTEEM 27 3. LOVING OTHERS 41 4. DEFENDING AGAINST OUR DEFENSES 57 5. ADAPTING TO ADVERSITY 83 6. PERFECTING THE WORLD, PERFECTING OURSELVES 105 Suggestions for Further Reading 125

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