Dare to Matter: Lessons in Living a Large Life: A Memoir

Dare to Matter: Lessons in Living a Large Life: A Memoir

by Shifra Malka
Dare to Matter: Lessons in Living a Large Life: A Memoir

Dare to Matter: Lessons in Living a Large Life: A Memoir

by Shifra Malka


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Waiting for the world to tell you that you matter?

In her unguarded, deeply affective, and witty memoir, Shifra shares the relatable story of being raised in an image-driven world into which she did not easily fit. Specifically, being told that she resembled her personality-disordered aunt—whose life didn’t matter—she deeply feared that hers wouldn’t either. 

Shifra writes to the core of this struggle to recover her beaten spirit and build the large life that matters to her. She explores the question of what mattering means, through the prism of how the question personally played out in her relationships with her family, her Orthodox Jewish religion, and the American culture focused on appearance, food, and money. She demonstrates that we cannot buy or borrow our individual mattering, but we can create it.

Dare to Matter gives readers the will and courage to rebuild their collapsed inner space into the large life that makes getting out of bed every morning, and staying out of it, irresistible. This is a call to satisfACTION and a challenge to beat back the messages we get from family and society that shut us down. Renewing your energy to opt into your life, DARE TO  MATTER will fuel you in meaningful and miraculous ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950584420
Publisher: Green Writers Press
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Shifra Malka is fascinated with the inner spaces humans inhabit. As the producer and host of a weekly radio program on social and educational issues that aired live in the Mid-Atlantic region, Shifra was known for eliciting hard, honest responses from her interviewees when posing the questions that others were too hesitant to ask. Underlying these conversations was one pressing question Shifra always wanted to answer: What makes our lives matter? Daring to step right into the heart of life’s complexities, her search for answers to this question is refreshingly approachable and impactful. Shifra is an award-winning writing and communications consultant based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Discovering Self

1 The Heart of Non-Mattering 3

2 First Step: Prepare to Fall 20

3 Struggling to Matter 32

4 Tales from Inner Space 44

5 Money: A Currency of Mattering 56

6 Finding Friends and Faith (& Funds) in the Fall 75

7 A Smattering of Mattering 90

8 The Soul of the Matter 108

9 Riding the Loneliness 119

10 Driving Away the Emptiness 133

11 Stress Rehearsal: Choosing a Mate 151

12 Sizing-Up Our Lives 163

Part 2 Recovering Self

13 Panes of Life 179

14 Right Life, Wrong Turns 197

15 Subject to Change 206

16 Birthright 218

17 On Air: Lessons from the Studio and Stage 226

18 Securing Your Identity 236

19 Holiness is a Creation 247

20 Grow For it! 257

21 Scared to Matter? 273

Epilogue 289

Matterings 291

Acknowledgments 317

About the Author 327

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