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

Rivvy Neshama. Divine Arts (www.divineartsmedia.com), $16.95 trade paper (226p) ISBN 978-1-61125-020-6
Author and community activist Neshama can see that the world is alive with holy moments, and her view comes to life through exquisite storytelling. The ingredients she gathers for this book's collection of "recipes for a sacred life" are few: intention, attention, and openness. Yet the timeless wisdom she serves up is food for the soul. Inspired by recognized teachers such as the Dalai Lama or Shakti Gawain, as well as far less famous messengers such as her mother-in-law or her Sufi teacher, the author sweetly invites readers into the sacredness of her everyday moments: awakening to a sunrise, being a grandparent, taking a walk in nature, or even buying a dress to attend her daughter's wedding. Each story is like a tried and true recipe being passed along, knowing that others will add their own ingredients to the mix and make it their own. Written in the spirit of Elizabeth Gilbert or Anne Lamott, Neshama's stories (and a few miracles) are uplifting, witty, and wise: one can't go wrong with a recipe like that. Agent: Kristina Holmes, the Holmes Agency. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/25/2013
Release date: 11/01/2013
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