When Rivvy Neshama was twenty-two and about to get married, her mother gave her a book of handwritten recipes that taught her how to make a good roast — but not much else. And no one gave her the recipe to make a good marriage or a good life. That took years of searching on a path with many turns.
Now, like a handwritten recipe book, Recipes for a Sacred Life is passing on the most meaningful and inspiring stories from the author’s life. From birth to death and in between; from dancing to forgiveness to sacred sex; and from a rabbi from Vienna to Irish Rita from the Bronx, they feature people and experiences that taught the author how to live a good life — one touched with sacredness. And, as it turned out, the best recipes came from her mom.
Written with heart and humor and steeped in ancient wisdom, these short, true tales reveal how ordinary encounters — with friends, nature, lovers, and strangers — can suddenly connect us with the sacred, adding love, joy, and purpose to our lives.
In the spirit of Anne Lamott, Mitch Albom, and Rachel Naomi Remen, Recipes for a Sacred Life is luminous and uplifting — a gift for all.
|Publisher:||Wiese, Michael Productions|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Rivvy Neshama is a writer, editor, and community organizer who holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and master’s degrees in comparative literature, social work, and education. She has been a teacher and social worker in Harlem, a campaign manager in Boulder, and a college instructor in Queens. Neshama has written for such national publications as Ms., Glamour, and The New York Times. Her spiritual path draws from many sources: Eastern and Western religions, Native traditions, Sufis and shamans, and her mom.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Basic Ingredients: A Good Day to Die … or Not; The Lord Is with Me … or Whatever
Part 2. The Sun Is Rising: Hello to the Sun; The First Few Steps
Part 3. Animal Chats and Other Unions with Nature: In the Woods; Animal Chats
Part 4. To Forgive Is Divine: Looking for God in All the Wrong Places; What the Dalai Lama Said
Part 5. Friends & Neighbors, Lovers & Strangers: Do You Give to the Ones Who Are Drunk?; Everything I Know About Sacred Sex
Part 6. A Nature Recipe from Frank Lloyd Wright: Love Nature; Stay Close to Nature
Part 7. Sacred Space. Sacred Time: A Sacred Space; A Sacred Home
Part 8. Soul Food: Mrs. Zimnoski and Her Vegetables; Sacred Sound Bites
Part 9. Rituals & Celebrations: Birth to Death and In-Between: Meditations on Meditation; Heart Like a Crystal
Part 10. This, Too, Is True: Fortune Cookie Karma; Do a Mitzvah. What’s a Mitzvah?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderfully uplifting and helpful book. It is great for getting one's spiritual GPS pointing to true north.
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This is my favorite gift book for 2014! I read a few of her inspiring stories each morning. They are uplifting without being preachy.
This is a book that has something for everyone. Written beautifully by a gifted storyteller, the inspirational true tales (and more than a few miracles!) will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you feel better about life. I counted 75 stories in "Recipes For a Sacred Life" — and each of them is a gem. Rivvy Neshama passes on the wisdom, knowledge and lessons she has taken from the fascinating characters she has met and the many experiences she has had throughout what has clearly been a very varied life. I know I'll be picking up this wonderful book again and again because it makes me (and life) feel so good.
Well, full disclosure that the author is my mom, but I still loved the book!!!
I dare you to read just one. I fell in love with so many of these stories, and their characters, that while I intended to parcel the read out over several weeks, like a great box of chocolates, I couldn't stop. I couldn't put it down, as I entered an enchanted world, that I came to see was my very own, right in front of me.
I very much enjoyed reading "Recipes for a Sacred Life!" The stories were heartfelt and relevant to me, and the spiritual "lessons" were gently and subtly presented. This book is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in spirituality!
This book is absolutely delightful: totally refreshing and inspiring! After many years of reading all kinds of "spiritual" books, at this point I mostly shy away from the ones that are too pushy and "preachy"--dictating how to think, and what to believe. I have REALLY gained much more of an appreciation and preference for well told heart-felt spirit stories, pithy parables that offer whatever nourishment and clarity I need at the time. For me, resonance, identification, and learning/growth are paramount--which is why I love the wonderfully gentle wisdom in this book so much... "Recipes for a Sacred Life," indeed--very aptly named, and a real gem!