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This review is from: The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian, and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology (Paperback)
Where to start?
The author, Solomon Schimmel, is a Jewish psychotherapist, and in his dedication he writes, that it is to his mother, for her love of him and of judaism. To me, that is a subtle reminded the author LIVES the tenets of his religion, Honor your father and mother from the Ten Commandments, which is a must when talking authoratively about sin.
However, when we get into the guts of the book, it really shines. Schimmel manages to combine quotes and insights from the great moral thinkers of classical greece, Judaism and Christianity, and merge it with his experience as a therapist. This approach is both refreshing and ingenious, and serves to make the book appeal to both a religious audience, and a therapeutic audience. And for lay people, it is just interesting.
However, the topic is very serious, as it must be, and there is no cutting corners, so it does take a somewhat stalwart character to engage this book, but Solomon does a great job of making it palatable. All the same, it requires dedication and honesty from the reader. Which in my opinion makes it all the more interesting, and challenging. There are no easy answers here, but in place of that we have what really works, the hidden springs of much unhappiness and mental illness. This is the power and certainty Schimmel can bring to the table because he relies for his source material on the greatest and most celebrated personalities of ages past, celebrated for their genuine insightfulness and wisdom.
The book is just wonderful, but it is not so much a light read, as it is sobering and edifying. But Solomon somehow manages to walk the line, making it interesting.
This book is a classic, not for the fainthearted, but certainly for those who want to effect lasting changes in their own life, and the life of patients.
The book is nothing short of brilliant. It is exactly what is needed in a time of wishy-washy morals it is a call to sanity.
God bless Solomon Schimmel for writing this book.