Seeking the Path to Life: Theological Meditations on God and the Nature of People, Love, Life and Death

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For people who never thought they would read a book of theology—let alone understand it, enjoy it, savor it and have it affect the way they think about their lives.

In forty-five intense meditations, each a page or two in length, Stone takes us on explorations of the most basic human struggles: life and death, love and anger, peace and war, covenant and exile.

The imperative to choose life is a central aspect of the Jewish approach...

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Overview

For people who never thought they would read a book of theology—let alone understand it, enjoy it, savor it and have it affect the way they think about their lives.

In forty-five intense meditations, each a page or two in length, Stone takes us on explorations of the most basic human struggles: life and death, love and anger, peace and war, covenant and exile.

The imperative to choose life is a central aspect of the Jewish approach to the world. Teacher, poet, and practical philosopher Rabbi Ira Stone takes readers on explorations of the most basic human struggles: life and death, love and anger, peace and war, covenant and exile. "For those who seek spirituality in their lives, this book is a treasure."--Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 45 intense meditations, each a page or two in length, Stone, a Philadelphia rabbi, brings a humanistic perspective to such topics as marriage, divorce, holiness, atonement, prophecy, miracles, Israel, the Holocaust and God's healing power. Stone defines evil as an accumulation of ``moments-of-death in life,'' which fosters sin and separateness. Choosing life over death-in-life is a daily task demanding awareness and faith, he asserts. Drawing on his experience in overcoming the deaths of his two infant sons, Stone outlines an inspiring path of renewal that includes love, prayer, study, constructive anger, communal energy and helping others. A liberal thinker, he maintains that same-sex relationships are natural and acceptable if arising out of love and a desire for psychological balance. In a postscript he interprets the Torah as revelation and as a signpost to redemption. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This wonderful collection of brief, lyrical, personal meditations by a Jewish conservative rabbi gives words to the human struggle to find God in the midst of the chaos of modern life. Although directed primarily to Jews, the book can easily be read and appreciated by others who will find either echoes of their own belief or enlightening differences. Stone demonstrates how life--especially redemptive and salvific life--is an option, a continuous daily task of choosing ``life or death--God's presence or God's absence.'' Stone calls the reader to live in two worlds, this life and beyond this life (through repentance, suffering, and miracles). Recommended for large public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879045477
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 107
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira F. Stone, rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Phildelphia is a teacher of theology at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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For people of all faiths and backgrounds who never thought they would read a book of theology-let alone understand and enjoy it, savor it and have it affect the way they think about their lives. In 45 intense meditations, each a page or two in length, Stone-teacher, poet, practical philosopher-takes us on explorations of the most basic human struggles: life and death, love and anger, peace and war, covenant and exile. This work results from the author's own personal struggle for meaning and faith following a great family tragedy.

"A bold book....The reader of any faith will be inspired, challenged and led more deeply into their own encounter with God." -The Rev. Carla V. Berkedal, Episcopal Priest, Executive Director of Earth Ministry

"Wonderful...lyrical....Gives words to the human struggle to find God in the midst of the chaos of modern life. Recommended..." -- Library Journal

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