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With Roots in Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith

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As a Young Girl growing up in an Orthodox Jewish household, Tirzah Firestone felt oppressed by the rigid tenets of her parents' religious practice. In search of spiritual fulfillment, she left home at age seventeen and set off on an odyssey. With Roots in Heaven is the chronicle of her evolution from rebellious young seeker to renegade rabbi. It is also a book that goes beyond one person's story of wandering and redemption to explore the dangers of modern religion and the joys and conflicts of intermarriage. ...
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Overview

As a Young Girl growing up in an Orthodox Jewish household, Tirzah Firestone felt oppressed by the rigid tenets of her parents' religious practice. In search of spiritual fulfillment, she left home at age seventeen and set off on an odyssey. With Roots in Heaven is the chronicle of her evolution from rebellious young seeker to renegade rabbi. It is also a book that goes beyond one person's story of wandering and redemption to explore the dangers of modern religion and the joys and conflicts of intermarriage. Filled with profound teachings from spiritual leaders as well as advice on how to inject more meaning into traditional religion, it is a controversial, uplifting, and unforgettable tale of pain, love, sacrifice, and transformation - of grace sought and found.
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While the lessons Firestone draws from her life are heartfelt, she may misjudge the scope of her experience.
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Library Journal
Firestone's autobiography has all the suspense and excitement of a good novel as it details her complex journey from a meticulously observant Orthodox Jewish background to her current faith. She takes readers from the static faith she experienced growing up through the geography of her spiritual search in many religious traditions to her marriage to a Christian minister and rejection of her birth family (with whom she later reconciled) and then to her rediscovery of her Jewish roots in a renewed form. Her story is a wonderful example of the transformation of what was, to the author, almost a dead faith into one that is vital and transformational yet accepting of Jews who define their faith more narrowly.-- Dr. Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia
Adlerstein
While the lessons Firestone draws from her life are heartfelt, she may misjudge the scope of her experience. -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452278851
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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