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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; New Ed edition (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826473377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826473370
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has an extraordinary way with words--poetical, philosophical, magical, intensely personal and exquisitely inspirational. His latest book, Celebrating Life: Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places is a joyous discovery of the power of prayer, the majesty of faith, the landscape of beauty, the meaning of happiness, the glory of God, and, above all, the gift of life--which, he says, is nothing more than "being ourselves."

Making a blessing over life, writes the Chief Rabbi, is the best way of turning life into a blessing. God often chooses circuitous routes, "but it helps to know that where we are, here, now, is where we need to be." And, quoting the 19th-century philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore, he adds: "We are worth what we are willing to share with others... Happiness is not made by what we own: it is what we share." Shot through with humility, humour and hope, this book is itself an act of sharing. Each of the 50-odd essays--the summation of Rabbi Sacks's own tests and tribulations--provides a rich and rewarding read to anyone with five minutes or so to spare, particularly (though not exclusively) in the throes of a fraught and frustrating day. The intimate, and often courageous, reflections of one of this country's most respected religious leaders, they constitute a powerful antidote to despair and depression, a path to happiness and peace, and a recognition, in the Chief Rabbi's words, that "life is beautiful if we open our eyes." --Meir Persoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this inspiring collection of columns written for The Times, Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of Britain and the Commonwealth since 1991, reflects on the art of celebrating life.... It is salutary to savor the words of this respected spiritual leader and to see how forcefully he lifts up and affirms what is best in religion. ---www.spiritualityHealth.com, November 10, 2004

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I am not Jewish - not sure if I even believe in God - but this book has opened my eyes. As an avid book reader of many genres, this one simply changed the way I view life and those around me. It's easy to read. You don't need any marathon reading sessions to get through it. One short chapter is fine or, like me, find it hard to put down at just one. If you can't afford it, get it out of the library. I think you will find it worth it.
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For me it is a pleasure to open this book. Wherever you start, you will find yourself in a place, that makes you happy. It is all about faith, God, moral, friendship and more. Holding this book in my hand and having a look inside, I feel I found something like a treasure.
And as my mothertongue is German, I especially enjoy the wonderful English Rabbi Sacks speaks. It gives me the feeling, one has while looking at a precious painting.
Christel Michal Evenari
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Absolutely marvelous, a true gem. It is very difficult to say it better. As a non jew, I found that Sacks has written a perfect book for everyone, with some religious feelings, to congratulate abouth faith and spiritual life in general. Family, parenthood, marriage, religion, all this "old fashioned" stuff gets a reinforced meaning in the mind and words of Sacks. I strongly reccommend it to everyone (actually I do it every day!!!)
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Only half read but so far it is quite refreshing to keep company with such a good man.
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Excellent. Like it so much that this one was to offer !
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