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Recipes for a Sacred Life
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Rivvy Neshama is a writer, editor, and community organizer who holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and master's degrees in comparative literature, social work, and education. She has been a teacher and social worker in Harlem, a campaign manager in Boulder, and a college instructor in Queens. Neshama has written for such national publications as Ms., Glamour, and The New York Times. Her spiritual path draws from many sources: Eastern and Western religions, Native traditions, Sufis and shamans, and her mom.

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"It's smart, funny, and moving. It invites in the believers and welcomes the skeptics, and reading it made me feel great!"
-- Barbara Fisher, book critic and correspondent for the Boston Globe
"We gravitate toward stories because, like a map and compass, they direct us back home -- home to an inspired heart. Rivvy's stories will take you there ... and with a few miracles in your pocket."
-- Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D., author of Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water and Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backwards
"Clear. Profound. Homey. This is the Eat, Pray, Love of everyday life. I love this book!"
-- Marilyn Webb, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Good Death
"Rivvy's delightful stories open the heart and raise us to a higher level of compassion and generosity. Read them, one at a time, and then daydream on them ... and you will take on a glow of joy and feel more secure in God's world."
-- Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer
"This is a wise and wonderful book of recipes to help cook up a more delicious life!"
-- Ally Sheedy, film and stage actress and author of Yesterday I Saw the Sun: Poems
"It charms and inspires. What more could one ask?"
-- Hal Zina Bennett, author of Write from the Heart: Unleashing the Power of Your Creativity
"A reflective, joyful journey that will likely change the way you see the world."
-- Matthew Barber, Tony-nominated playwright of" Enchanted April"
"Inspiring, enlightening, and entertaining. Everyone should read this book. Sit back and enjoy!"
-- Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of" The New Golden Rules" and "Meditation As Medicine"
"The stories in this book are indeed recipes. They are recipes for learning, enjoyment, and feeling the exhilaration of what it is to be alive! A literary gift...."
-- John Perkins, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" and "Hoodwinked"
"Morsels of experience served up with Rivvy's special blend of wry wit and a warm heart. Each time I dip into her stories, I remember that living itself is delicious!" -- Priscilla Stuckey, author of "Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature"
"Rivvy Neshama is a wonderful storyteller, and her book is filled with memorable tales. There is sweetness and light here, and a guide to thoughtful ways to enhance those daily miracles of life that connect us to our better selves, and to others."
-- "Jay Neugeboren, "author of" The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company "and" You Are My Heart"
"It's smart, funny, and moving. It invites in the believers and welcomes the skeptics, and reading it made me feel great!"
-- Barbara Fisher, book critic and correspondent for the Boston Globe
"We gravitate toward stories because, like a map and compass, they direct us back home -- home to an inspired heart. Rivvy's stories will take you there ... and with a few miracles in your pocket."
-- Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D., author of Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water and Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backwards
"Clear. Profound. Homey. This is the Eat, Pray, Love of everyday life. I love this book!"
-- Marilyn Webb, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Good Death
"Rivvy's del
"A sacred life requires no ashrams or mountaintops, according to author Rivvy Neshama, who calls her stories from life "recipes." She honors her mother's nearly blank recipe book who, like the author, "wasn't much of a cook" in "Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles, " giving shape to a bright promise of awakening that comes from simple ingredients and life's most everyday moments--sunrises, walks, animals, neighbors, parents, being a grandparent, and making lists. The author's inspiration ranges widely, from the Desiderata to the Chinese New Year, from Jewish Shabbat to a Rosh Hashanah forgiveness rite learned from Shakti Gawain. With her goal to add to the "wonder, love, and sacredness of your life," these stories provide gentle nudges for waking up to a spiritual path. The tales carry a resonance similar to healing stories from Rachel Naomi Remen's "Kitchen Table Wisdom." - "ForeWord Magazine," November 8, 2013
"A reflective, joyful journey that will likely change the way you see the world."
-- Matthew Barber, Tony-nominated playwright of" Enchanted April"
"Inspiring, enlightening, and entertaining. Everyone should read this book. Sit back and enjoy!"
-- Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of" The New Golden Rules" and "Meditation As Medicine"
"The stories in this book are indeed recipes. They are recipes for learning, enjoyment, and feeling the exhilaration of what it is to be alive! A literary gift...."
-- John Perkins, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" and "Hoodwinked"
"Morsels of experience served up with Rivvy's special blend of wry wit and a warm heart. Each time I dip into her stories, I remember that living itself is delicious!" -- Priscilla Stuckey, author of "Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature"
"Rivvy Neshama is a wonderful storyteller, and her book is filled with memorable tales. There is sweetness and light here,
2013 Mom's Choice Award Gold winner
Redbook Reads January 2014 book club pick
"Neshama's stories are uplifting, witty, and wise: one can't go wrong with a recipe like that. The timeless wisdom she serves up is food for the soul. - "Publishers Weekly"

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