God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi

Jamie S. Korngold, Author
Jamie S. Korngold, Author . Doubleday/ Three Leaves $11.95 (144p) ISBN 978-0-385-52049-2
Reviewed on: 02/11/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 160 pages - 978-0-7679-2907-3
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Rabbi Korngold revels in nature, and she seeks to share that joy as founder of the Adventure Rabbi program to help people reconnect to Judaism via the great outdoors. She has also discovered a way—call it a language, a spirit, an essence—with which to express the simplicity of a back-to-basics spirituality. Balancing an in-depth knowledge of scripture with a wry sense of humor and a compassion for nature, Korngold reminds us of “the nooks and crannies of the natural world” and says that “we must seek them out, soak them in and care for them.” The variety of personal stories, tales of travel with various Adventure Rabbi groups and contemporary alternative biblical outcomes—what if Moses had been too busy texting to notice the burning bush?—make for a book that is easily digestible but at the same time worth savoring. Purposely sized to fit easily into a backpack or pocket, the call to return to the wild—or at least your local city park—is ever present. While certainly aimed at adventuresome readers, the book's message, filled with depictions of fire, water, earth and sky, simultaneously encourages individual exploration and communal responsibility. (Apr. 8)

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