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Crafting the Soul: Creating Your Life as a Work of Art

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A profound exploration of what a meaningful life truly is and what we can each do to make our own unique and beautiful

• Offers the ingredients and strategies necessary to turn your life into a work of art

• Takes contemporary culture head-on, demonstrating the challenges of living a spiritual, meaningful life in modern times

• An ideal companion for anyone seeking meaning in their lives and eager to set out to find it

Within each human soul, meaning flickers as a spark waiting ...

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Overview

A profound exploration of what a meaningful life truly is and what we can each do to make our own unique and beautiful

• Offers the ingredients and strategies necessary to turn your life into a work of art

• Takes contemporary culture head-on, demonstrating the challenges of living a spiritual, meaningful life in modern times

• An ideal companion for anyone seeking meaning in their lives and eager to set out to find it

Within each human soul, meaning flickers as a spark waiting to be ignited. Just as a sculptor starts with raw clay and crafts it into a singular work of beauty, so we are each responsible for taking the material of our own life and shaping it into something unique, beautiful, and meaningful. This process, which Sherwin calls soulcrafting, can make the difference between an empty life and one that has all the energy, completeness, and profundity of a work of art.

Crafting the Soul examines what many of the greatest thinkers of the past have had to say about the meaning of life, then takes contemporary culture head-on, demonstrating how many facets of modern life prevent one from ever creating a spiritual, meaningful existence. It then presents all the ingredients necessary to turn your life into a work of art and offers strategies for achieving this. Infused with the deep spirituality of the author's thirty years of philosophical exploration, Crafting the Soul is the ideal companion for anyone curious about the meaning of life and eager to set out on an intellectual and spiritual adventure to find it.

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Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Book Review Sandra I. Smith
"His writing is designed to stimulate and challenge readers . . . by bringing things like personal history, cultural assumptions, and presuppositions into their awareness."
From the Publisher
"Crafting the Soul represents the very best of a new genre of book that seamlessly integrates the intellectual disciplines of history, philosophy, and religion with the language of modern psychology. A self-help book for the thinking person."

"Byron Sherwin is a modern-day philosopher-sage whose teachings are a powerful prescription for soulful and purposeful living. I highly recommend Crafting the Soul."

"His writing is designed to stimulate and challenge readers . . . by bringing things like personal history, cultural assumptions, and presuppositions into their awareness."

Wayne Dosick
"Byron Sherwin is a modern-day philosopher-sage whose teachings are a powerful prescription for soulful and purposeful living. I highly recommend Crafting the Soul."
Sandra I. Smith
"His writing is designed to stimulate and challenge readers . . . by bringing things like personal history, cultural assumptions, and presuppositions into their awareness."
Kalmen J. Kaplan
"Crafting the Soul represents the very best of a new genre of book that seamlessly integrates the intellectual disciplines of history, philosophy, and religion with the language of modern psychology. A self-help book for the thinking person."
Rabbi Wayne Dosick
"Byron Sherwin is a modern-day philosopher-sage whose teachings are a powerful prescription for soulful and purposeful living. I highly recommend Crafting the Soul."
From the Publisher

"His writing is designed to stimulate and challenge readers . . . by bringing things like personal history, cultural assumptions, and presuppositions into their awareness."
New Visions
Sherwin offers up sharp and spirited insights into the nature of our modern day angst and emptiness and provides a rich, lively, spiritually infused alternative. In drawing together insights from a variety of teachers and fields from psychology to science, literature and Hasidic teaching stories, he has created an engaging experiance. . . . His book is lively, spirited, not always agreeable, but so full that one is left reeling and reconsidering.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892817047
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Byron L. Sherwin, Ph.D., is Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. An ordained rabbi and a recipient of the Presidential Medal from the Republic of Poland in 1995, he is the author of many books, including No Religion Is an Island and Sparks Amidst the Ruins: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry

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Table of Contents

Crafting The Soul
Creating Your Life as a Work of Art
What Do you Mean?
Anchors Away
Lost in the World
Hide-and-Seek
Are You Sick?
Truth to Tell
Meaning What?
Crafting the Soul
The Gift of Love
What's Next?
Spiritual Rehabilitation
Notes
Bibliography

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