Journeys to a Jewish Life: Inspiring Stories from the Spiritual Journeys of American Jews

Journeys to a Jewish Life: Inspiring Stories from the Spiritual Journeys of American Jews

by Paula Amann
     
 

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Follow the soul treks of Jews lost and found.
Be inspired to connect with Judaism in new ways.

“No two people take the same journey…. Yet the telling of each story can ease the footsteps of those who follow…. It is my hope that [these] tales will offer you camaraderie, a guidepost here and there, and, most of all, the heart and

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Follow the soul treks of Jews lost and found.
Be inspired to connect with Judaism in new ways.

“No two people take the same journey…. Yet the telling of each story can ease the footsteps of those who follow…. It is my hope that [these] tales will offer you camaraderie, a guidepost here and there, and, most of all, the heart and strength to pursue your own path.”
—from the Introduction

What draws Jews back to their religious roots? What drives them away? What obstacles must they overcome to find their way home?

Paula Amann candidly probes these questions and more as she explores how secular and nominal Jews are blazing their own trails toward a vibrant, twenty-first-century Judaism. With the ear of a journalist and the heart of a seeker, Amann weaves a tapestry of human stories—of alienation, connection, spiritual detours, and unexpected portals into a life of faith. The people you meet in this engaging book will throw a fresh light on Jewish thought and practice. And their tales of personal transformation might just renew your relationship with Judaism—or send you off on your own Jewish journey.

Topics include:

  • Swerving In and Out of Other Faiths
  • Traditions That Chafe
  • The Arts as a Portal
  • Healing Body and Soul
  • Making a Jewish Life That Works
  • … And Many Others

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The return of nonreligious Jews to Orthodox Judaism has sparked a number of books, but the quieter yet equally committed journeys back to all streams of liberal Judaism have taken place "largely out of the limelight," says journalist Amann. To sample their distinctive and roundabout paths, Amann interviewed close to 70 people who have "come home" to their own heritage. The book's three sections mirror the stages of the subjects' spiritual journeys: "Homeward" chronicles stories of inspiration, alienation and finding community; "Doors to the House" explores portals into Judaism-family, the arts, social justice, illness and loss; and "Dwelling Places" offers tales of encounters with God and new personal rituals, as well as lessons for fellow seekers. Despite Amann's clear, engaging writing, each chapter is presented in a stand-alone, news story style, leaving the disjointed feeling of reading through a string of interviews. Driven by her own winding road home beginning with a secular childhood, through Eastern religions and Quakerism to a women's Passover seder that reawakened her Jewish spirit, Amann is an apt representative of the meandering spiritual seekers she calls "pilgrims," and the book will be a beacon to others who may be on a Jewish quest. (Dec.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580233170
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Paula Amann is a former news editor of the Washington Jewish Week. She is also a former staff writer at B'nai Brith International, and winner of three Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in journalism. A Chicago native, she lives with her family near Washington, D.C.

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