Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living

Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living

by Naomi Levy
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Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living by Naomi Levy

How can I get my life off hold?  When will my life really begin? 
 
We all ask ourselves the same questions when we are struggling to move forward.  As a rabbi, Naomi Levy frequently offered spiritual guidance to people seeking the answers. But when a doctor told her that her young daughter, Noa, had a fatal degenerative disease, Rabbi Levy’s own insights could not prevent her whole life from unraveling.
  
In Hope Will Find You, Naomi Levy shares her journey and the wisdom she gained.  She describes with humor and honesty how she came through a time of uncertainty and fear and learned how to stop waiting for life to begin.  A natural and engaging storyteller, Levy has written a book filled with invaluable lessons for living in the present and for opening the door to an extraordinary future.

Hope Will Find You is a book that will be passed to friends when life gets confusing, a book that will rest on our bedside tables when we are searching for hope and direction.    


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385531719
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 398,245
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

NAOMI LEVY, author of the national bestseller To Begin Again and Talking to God, is the founder and leader of NASHUVA, the Jewish spiritual outreach movement. Named one of the 50 top rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, she was in the first class of women to enter the Conservative rabbinical seminary.  Naomi has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show and NPR.  She lives in Venice, California, with her husband, Rob Eshman, and their children, Adi and Noa.




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Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
FaithHopeLoveCH More than 1 year ago
It was so encouraging and inspiring to read aboutvthe Rabbi facing the same life/faith questions as myself. The answers she arrives at have such a feeling of rightness. I love that she showed how God answered her questions. I appreciate the wisdom she drew from people in her life- particularly her precious blessings.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
Rabbi Naomi Levy has a good life.  She is: the first woman admitted to a Conservative Rabbinic School, a “rising star” as a Rabbi in a local Synagogue, delightfully married to her best friend, the mother of son, Adi, and daughter, Noa.  When her daughter was six, she is examined, tested, questioned, probed and prodded to determine the cause of her lack of coordination and frequent inability to walk without stumbling.  Initially, she was diagnosed with Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T), a rare, neurodegenerative, inherited disease causing severe disability, “most kinds with A-T don’t make it out of their teens.” (p.5) such news would shake any parent, causing them to re-evaluate their priorities and face some very scary. For this bright, articulate, faithful woman, some of those questions continue, but she allows the reader into her heart for the seven years between Noa’s diagnosis and the time the doctors said the disease would manifest (a second opinion determined Noa suffered from an undetermined neurological ailment) if that were what she is actually suffering.   In her training as a Rabbi, as in all good religious training, Rabbi Levy was confronted with The Questions of one’s soul: How come some parents have to bury their children?  How come some people outlive their family, friends, and capabilities but cannot find the blessed relief of death? What is the difference between what is valuable and what is costly?  I got the feeling, however, it was not until her daughter was threatened by an unnamed ailment that she was able to actually ask those (and like) questions for the first time. The “answers” that she found served as some comfort but they did not resolve the questions - they offered strength, direction, some semblance of order.  She “was having trouble figuring out Who I was praying to and what I was praying for.” While “(she) longed to talk to God, but (she) was too angry to being the conversation,” she found “Noa and God were best of friends, always chatting and whispering secrets” (pp. 55 & 56).  She gained the understanding that it is our job to open our hearts to God, not God’s (p. 105) and that, like Israel just out of Egypt, we are only trapped when we only pray, refusing to “start walking” (133). These are only a few of the nuggets offered within the pages of this work. The seven years between diagnosis and the book’s end were painful, enlightening, instructive, defining and “blessed” for Rabbi Levy.  In this superbly written memoir, one is allowed to experience the moments of anguish of such poignancy so as to be stunned to silence; moments of such unexpected brightness it is like looking into the sun; instances of Divine Presence that I felt the need to remove my shoes and occasions of awaking to the miracle of “everyday” that it is Zen-like in its purity.  I will offer this book to those who are wrestling with similar questions, who are wondering if God is and if so, where God is, to those who hunger for a new moment of Spiritual truth.  I would offer them my copy, but it is far too marked up to depart from my hands, at least for a while.
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This has got to be the best book I have ever read. So very inspirational and thought provoking. Thank you Rabbi Levy.
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