The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk [NOOK Book]

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In the incomparable manner of his award-winning The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet, Kushner now lifts up and shakes the dust off 30 primary religious words we use to describe the spiritual dimension of life. With creativity (and occasional heresy), he makes The Words take on renewed spiritual significance, adding power and focus to the lives we live every day.

For each word, Kushner offers us three to four pages of startling, moving and insightful explication, with ...

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Overview

In the incomparable manner of his award-winning The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet, Kushner now lifts up and shakes the dust off 30 primary religious words we use to describe the spiritual dimension of life. With creativity (and occasional heresy), he makes The Words take on renewed spiritual significance, adding power and focus to the lives we live every day.

For each word, Kushner offers us three to four pages of startling, moving and insightful explication, with pointed readings from biblical and more recent sources to further heighten our understanding. He concludes with a short exercise that helps unite the spirit of the word with our actions in the world.
"This is a powerful and holy book. Whatever our religious traditions, it is a beautiful place to forever be beginning to know the Lord, our God."
- M. Scott Peck, M.D., author of The Road Less Traveled and other books

"A richly imaginative work that can be read with profit by persons of all traditions."
- Publishers Weekly

In the incomparable manner of his award-winning The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet, Kushner now lifts up and shakes the dust off primary religious words we use to describe the spiritual dimension of life. For each word, Kushner offers a startling, moving, and insightful explication and pointed readings from classical Jewish sources. Beautiful 2-color text.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Rabbi and rabbinic professor Kushner has written, designed, and illustrated this revitalization of Hebrew/English holy words, words full of re-creative power such as secrecy and faith , terror and life , and vision , and truth . Kushner's meditative reflections, supplemented by Biblical and Talmudic wisdom, reveal hidden power and contemporary relevance, as well as humor. Many of Kushner's thoughts may delight non-Jews as well as Jews with the enthusiasm for life and profound sense of the sacred, e.g., when he elaborates on the sacredness of laughter and finds Purim important especially because ``it makes us laugh at ourselves.'' Recommended for public and seminary libraries.
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"What a delightful wholeness of intellectual vigor and meditative playfulness, and all in a tone of gentleness that speaks to this gentile."
Rt. Rev. Krister Stendahl, Formerly Dean of Harvard Divinity School, Bishop Emeritus of Stockholm

“It is wonderful! A surprise at every page. His translations and elaborations provoke and stimulate the religious imagination.”
Rabbi Neil Gillman, chair, department of Jewish philosophy,
Jewish Theological Seminary

“Lifts the spirit from the mundane, through the vast expanse of tradition, to the face of God and then, quite miraculously, returns the spirit to daily life. . . much more than a book of words; it is a way of faithful living.”
The Rev. Dr. Richard Valantasis, Assistant Professor of theological studies, St. Louis University

“We have another Buber here, a Heschel . . . Kushner expresses the truly profound with joy, lightness and humor.”
Father M. Basil Pennington, St. Joseph's Abbey

“Breathes new life into a vocabulary that many may have thought to be irrelevant or outdated. Kushner is one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. He once again succeeds in offering us wisdom and inspiration.”
Dr. Ellen M. Umansky, Co-editor, Four Centuries of Jewish Women’s Spirituality

“To bring new light to old words is the gift that a wise person gives to us. For that reason we are all deeply in debt to Rabbi Lawrence Kushner.”
Dr. Lawrence S. Cunningham, chairman, department of theology, Notre Dame

“Provides wonderfully easy access to the riches of Jewish spiritual tradition. . . . He is a seeker who blazes a trail for others to joyously journey.”
Dr. David A. Teutsch, president, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000934845
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 657,288
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is one of the most widely read authors by people of all faiths on Jewish spiritual life. He is the best-selling author of such books as Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary; God Was in This Place & I, i Did Not Know: Finding Self, Spirituality and Ultimate Meaning; Honey from the Rock: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet; The Book of Miracles: A Young Person's Guide to Jewish Spiritual Awareness; The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk; Eyes Remade for Wonder: A Lawrence Kushner Reader; I'm God, You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion and other Disguises of the Ego; Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians; The River of Light: Jewish Mystical Awareness; The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition; and co-author of Because Nothing Looks Like God; How Does God Make Things Happen?; Where Is God?; What Does God Look Like?; and In God's Hands. He is the Emanu-El Scholar at San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El and an adjunct professor of Jewish mysticism and spirituality at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is available to speak on the following topics:


• Jewish Mystical Imagination

• Rymanover's Silent Aleph: What Really Happened on Sinai

• Zohar on Romance and Revelation

• What Makes Kabbalah Kabbalah

• Sacred Stories of the Ordinary: When God Makes a Surprise Appearance in Everyday Life

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION....................................................................111. / AMNESIA / Unio Mysticia.................................152. / AWAKENING / Blessing.......................................193. / BEING / The Sabbath Day .....................................234. / BREATHING / The Name of God .........................275. / COMING HOME / Repentance........................316. / DUES / Sacrifices ......................................................357. / EXCHANGE / Redemption ..................................398. / FAMILY / Israel........................................................439. / FREEDOM / Supervision......................................4710. / GARBAGE / Gossip .............................................5111. / IMAGERY / Idolatry..........................................5512. / INTEGRITY / Sincerity .............................................5913. / LAUGHTER / Ecstasy........................................6314. / LIFE / Story.................................................................6715. / LOVE / One....................................................................7116. / MONEY / Charity.....................................................7517. / POISON / Grudge ....................................................7918. / POLITICS / Repair ......................................................8319. / REMEMBERING / Order .....................................8720. / RESPONSE / Divine Commandment .................9121. / SCRIPT / Prayer........................................................9522. / SECRECY / Faith .....................................................9923. / SELF / Soul ...............................................................10324. / TABLE / Altar...........................................................10725. / TERROR / Life..........................................................11126. / VISION / Truth .......................................................11527. / WATER / Purity .....................................................11928. / THE WAY / The Law.............................................12329. / YEAST / The Evil Urge......................................12730. / YOURSELF / Messiah .........................................131SOURCES........................................................135
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