Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles

Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles

by Rivvy Neshama

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Overview

Winner of 5 national awards, Recipes for a Sacred Life is now available in a new, expanded edition.

Recipes for a Sacred Life left us moved—and changed. Wise, poignant, funny, and inspiring.”—Redbook

ON A DARK WINTER NIGHT with little to do, Rivvy Neshama took a “Find Your Highest Purpose” quiz. And the funny thing was, she found it: to live a sacred life. Problem was, she didn't know how.

But she set out to learn. And in the weeks and months that followed, she began to remember and encounter all the people and experiences featured in this book—from her father's jokes to her mother's prayers, from Billie in Harlem to a stranger in Salzburg, and from warm tortillas to the humble oatmeal. Each became a story, like a recipe passed down, beginning with her mother and her simple toast to life.

NESHAMA'S TRUE TALES, a memoir of sorts, are filled with love, warmth, and timeless wisdom. They ground us, and they lift us up. They make us laugh, and they make us cry. And most of all, they connect us more deeply with the grace and meaning of our lives.

"Exquisite storytelling. Written in the spirit of Elizabeth Gilbert or Anne Lamott, Neshama's stories (and a few miracles) are uplifting, witty, and wise." —Publishers Weekly

"Rivvy's bite-sized stories will make you nod with deepest knowing. It's a magical companion."—HuffPost

"Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a guide to happiness? Recipes for a Sacred Life is the closest thing I've found. Powerful. Inspiring. About adding love and joy to the everyday."—First for Women magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733338615
Publisher: Sandra Jonas Publishing House
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 101,231
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Rivvy Neshama is a writer, editor, and community organizer who holds degrees in philosophy, comparative literature, social work, and education. Her diverse work experiences have included being a teacher and social worker in Harlem, a campaign manager in Boulder, a college instructor in Queens, and a tarot card reader at Macy's on Halloween. A lifelong writer, Rivvy has written for many national publications, including Ms., Glamour, Spirituality & Health, and the New York Times. She is also the author of the children's book Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt. Rivvy lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, British author John Wilcockson. Please visit her website: RivvyNeshama.com.

Table of Contents

Beginnings
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?

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