Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life

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Winner of the Books for a Better Life Award

Chosen as one of "The 10 Best Spiritual Books of 2006" by Spirituality and Health magazine

Rabbi Irwin Kula explores desire in spiritual life. Rather than leading us astray, our longings are gateways to self discovery. Our yearnings, once understood, can lead us to discover an expansive vision of God or a wider reality. And when we embrace even our most painful or ...

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Overview

Winner of the Books for a Better Life Award

Chosen as one of "The 10 Best Spiritual Books of 2006" by Spirituality and Health magazine

Rabbi Irwin Kula explores desire in spiritual life. Rather than leading us astray, our longings are gateways to self discovery. Our yearnings, once understood, can lead us to discover an expansive vision of God or a wider reality. And when we embrace even our most painful or taboo desires, we can love more deeply and live more fully.

The Biblical authors wrote about characters who, rather than leading perfect lives, actually struggled with their longings for success, love, sex, and happiness. Through interpreting those stories and other spiritual traditions, as well as exploring his own desires and those of regular people, Rabbi Kula shows that "The more we allow ourselves to unfold, the less likely we are to unravel. The more we dive into our desires, the more exquisite life becomes."

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Spirituality & Health
This sagacious book will be a blessing to all who read its teachigns on the value of spiritual learning.
Library Journal
Rabbi Kula is something of a media phenomenon he is a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the star of the 2004 documentary Time for a New God and the public television series Simple Wisdom. In this book, cowritten with literary agent Lowenthal, Kula identifies seven "yearnings" shared by many modern Americans truth, meaning, The Way, love, creativity, happiness, and transcendence describing them with warmth and wit and showing how these yearnings can be not so much fulfilled as adjusted and transformed in the context of a real life. Highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401309138
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 558,192
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Irwin Kula has appeared on Oprah and Frontline and serves as a consultant to corporate and family foundations, as well as to federations, synagogues, and agencies on issues of leadership and change. Fast Company has named Rabbi Kula as one of the new leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape and he has been featured in national publications such as the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

Linda Loewenthal is a writer and literary agent and the founding director of One Spirit, the BOMC spiritual book club.

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Yearning for Truth
Humble Absolutes     3
God Will Be What God Will Be     15
The Silent, Thin Self     25
Yearning for Meaning
Sacred Messiness     41
Turning It Over     55
Duality Diving     67
Yearning for the Way
Dancing with Uncertainty     87
A Commanding Presence     98
The Necessity of Transgression     114
Yearning for Love
Covenant     129
Giving and Receiving     141
Forgiveness     158
Yearning to Create
Inspiration and Illumination     183
The Practice of Being     197
The Sabbath of Work     210
Yearning for Happiness
The Blessing of Pleasure     225
The Ethics of Joy     240
Full of Enough     250
Yearning for Transcendence
Dying for Life     265
Messiah-ing     282
Repairing the World     295
Acknowledgments     307
Bibliography     313
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