Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life

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Winner of the Books for a Better Life Award

Chosen as one of "The 10 Best Spiritual Books of 2006" by Spirituality and Health magazine

Rabbi Irwin Kula explores desire in spiritual life. Rather than leading us astray, our longings are gateways to self discovery. Our yearnings, once understood, can lead us to discover an expansive vision of God or a wider reality. And when we embrace even our most painful or taboo desires, we can love more deeply and live more fully.

The Biblical authors wrote about characters who, rather than leading perfect lives, actually struggled with their longings for success, love, sex, and happiness. Through interpreting those stories and other spiritual traditions, as well as exploring his own desires and those of regular people, Rabbi Kula shows that "The more we allow ourselves to unfold, the less likely we are to unravel. The more we dive into our desires, the more exquisite life becomes."

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Rabbi Irwin Kula has appeared on Oprah and Frontline and serves as a consultant to corporate and family foundations, as well as to federations, synagogues, and agencies on issues of leadership and change. Fast Company has named Rabbi Kula as one of the new leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape and he has been featured in national publications such as the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

Linda Loewenthal is a writer and literary agent and the founding director of One Spirit, the BOMC spiritual book club.

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Rabbi Kula explores the human condition and asks age-old questions before opening his "spiritual toolbox" of Jewish wisdom. He poses questions about seven common human yearnings and then merges ancient Jewish wisdom with contemporary insight to provide answers. Examples and scripture are taken from the Old Testament. He teaches by using stories to illustrate the in-depth problems of the human condition. Speaking with sincerity in a mellow voice, he discusses teachings that have evolved over three thousand years from the lives of biblical characters. Listeners with a philosophical bent will enjoy Kula's even delivery and slow, methodical approach. Those without such interests may find this slow going. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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