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Healing from Despair by Elie Kaplan Spitz
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Nov 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: religion-and-spirituality
Read from November 23 to 29, 2011

Rabbi Spitz has written super sensitive and insightful book, a patchwork of Jewish thought and personal experiences exploring the role of despair in our lives and how it relates to purpose, forgiveness, suffering, and healing. Anyone who has been through despair will just totally know exactly what he is talking about. He really enlightened me on the mentality of despair and how all kinds of pressures and concerns can build up over time and lead to a breakdown at some unexpected point in life.

The book is very easy-to-read, somewhat repetitive (probably on purpose), and full of stories, including the Torah narrative.

Awesome "Tools for Perspective" at the end of each chapter give you exercises to work through your own despair and healing.

I super recommend this if you're looking for a spiritual approach to recovery.

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11/24/2011 page 107
61.0% "Every time I read a book by a rabbi I just want to be a Jew even more."

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