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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 26, 2022
I found this easy to read and full of insightful perceptions about how to make life more meaningful. It is not deep theology but a culling of meaningful experiences by the author she has reflected upon through a spiritual lens.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 4, 2022
The so-called author’s writings reminded me of an immature irresponsible teenager who was looking for the meaning of life. The biggest mystery to me was that a publisher actually agreed to print this book. This was the first book I tossed in the trash can rather than passing it on to others.
This is not an easy book to categorize. I discovered it by following one book to the next to the next. It's more a book of personal philosophy by the author who has dabbled in many religions and beliefs. Short chapters. Easy read a little or a lot at a time. I often used it to wind down at the end of the day, mostly to give myself something to think about. Very relaxing. And the author has a pleasant way of leading from subject to subject. I want to pass this along to a friend. But...I want to reread it before I do. Maybe I'll have to buy her her own copy.
This book is perfect for anyone on a spiritual journey. She draws from her own life experiences and the things she has learned from others. The book is chock full of wisdom in manageable bite-sized pieces perfect for anyone trying to balance a busy life with a sacred one. Nothing in the book is new per se, but I found a lot of the lessons came at just the right time for me when I was reading. Sometimes you need a humble reminder to set you back on track. I will be rereading again and again.
I loved "Recipes for a Sacred Life" by Rivvy Neshama. You know how it is when you go into a restaurant and look through their menu and you're drawn to the variety of appetizers for dinner instead of having a one course main meal? This is how I felt about Neshama's delightful book. Instead of one long book about how a sacred life should look, Nehama offers these beautiful, small moments from her own life that are presented throughout the book, shedding insights into how she came to recognize the sacred in all of life. Perhaps what I found most appealing was her honesty in allowing her true emotions to surface in any given situation. I think we are often under the impression that in order to live a sacred life, one must be "happy" all of the time instead of being truthful about how we really feel. Neshama helps to dispel this notion. Beautifully written and thought-provoking, "Recipes for a Sacred Life" will leave you feeling like Neshama is a new close friend, sharing her humor, wit, and wisdom with you and your own sacred life. A lovely book to be read through, dog-eared, and enjoyed many times.
Recipes for a Sacred Life by Rivvy Neshama This book of short vignettes is a true treasure to read and own. I have reread many of the selections for a lift when I needed a wisdom boost. She draws on the work of several traditions of spiritual beliefs and many writers making it a compendium of gathered wisdom. It reminds me of the wise things my mother said, much like her mother and some of my favorite authors. We can forget so much of what we learn. A favorite is her piece on poco a poco---a reminder to take things little by little in this fast moving world. Her work centers me at the kitchen table of my mother or Rachel Remen, MD with her wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings. Rivvy Neshma’s book is a delightful blessing for a harried time.
Lots of good stories and little things that can be done anytime or anywhere in order to lead a more sacred life. I noticed a lot of reviews saying that this book is quite boring because of all the personal stories. The book is comprised of short stories from the life of the author. Most are probably the length of two screenshots. They teach the reader about mindfulness. I found them interesting and useful. I am also looking to lead a more peaceful life and I feel like this book teaches us some useful recipes through these short, personalized stories. It's a good read for someone who is looking for little ways to lead a more peaceful, sacred life.