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Written in a warm, accessible, and intimate style, Be Still and Get Going will touch those who are searching for an authentic spiritual practice that speaks to them in their own cultural language.

Lew is one of the most sought-after rabbis on the lecture circuit. He has had national media exposure for his dynamic fusion of Eastern insight and Bible study, having been the
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Little, Brown and Company
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Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alan Lew remains one of the most re-readable authors in my life and one who has and will continue to influence my practice a lot. I'm sure I will be coming back to this book for a long time. ...more
Nov 05, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: buddhism, judaism
This book suffers three failings, one which may be irrelevant relative to the reader, the other two are absolute, not relative.

The one that is recoverable, is that the author is pretty far off the reservation with respect to Judaism. The book will be most interesting for the Bu-Jew reader, somebody who is looking for Jewish ritual infused with Buddhist meaning.

The second failing is that the book is poorly organized. It is composed from material over many years given as lectures at retreats and
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sensitively written and erudite, Be Still and Get Going is on my shelf among my favorite books that deal with the difficult, sublime topic of spirituality.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really 3.5 stars

Lots I liked; surfacing a spirituality that was right there but for my ability to see it, straight forward connections of familiar things to spiritual ideas, the need for daily practice and community. Lew is a clear writer and it is very easy to understand his points.

If you are inclined to be critical, and have much learning in any of the things the book talks on, there’s a lot of ammunition for you.

All of that said, it was the right time for me to read the book and if you need
Nikki Morse
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: personal-growth
I have been reading this book for over a year, though it’s been many months since I cracked. I finally forced myself through the last 60 pages, skimming plenty. I loved his book about the holidays, and as someone with an active meditation practice and strong Jewish identity, I thought this would speak more to me, enlighten me, move me. But nope. I found it totally dry and unmemorable.
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This wasn't at all the book I thought it would be when I bought it. I think the meditation practices are for folks who are already very practiced at it. I did find the interpretation of the Torah very interesting which is why I kept reading. I found the book interesting but not helpful. ...more
Kate Irwin-smiler
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: judaica
I read this pretty simultaneously with This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared. There is a lot of overlap of material- so much so that if you’ve read one, maybe you don’t need to read the other? Or maybe just skim.
Paulo Adalberto Reimann
Found it boring
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
More rambling Torah commentary (some interesting, some less so) than Jewish meditation. I'd stick to Aryeh Kaplan on this issue. ...more
Shelley Hainer
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shelley by: Susan
At a time of radical change on the cusp of loss, grief and truly, leaving home, this book was handed to me. It served as a healing stick. Alan Lew weaves together the Exodus into householder life with a Buddhist philosophy made palpable, as it appeared I was living the experience.

I had just driven 4 ½ hours north, my longest solo drive. Exhausted upon arrival on a solo retreat, Susan my new friend must have recognized my state. She plucked this book from a vast library and put it in my hands.

Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read. extraordinarily clearly written. the title is from one of the thundering utterances at Mt. Sinai. not a "how to" or "it really feels great" or "painful,daunting but worth it" book re mindfulness. but in actuality a real how to why to meditate, with stunning and heart-opening anecdotes and insights on almost any page. maybe I'm just going through middle-aged molting, but this book spoke incredibly strongly to me. my wife too, and we are very differently wired.

Emily Judds
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So illuminating! This is everything I feel Jewish spirituality is at its core, but we so often don't approach it this way. As a Jewish yoga practitioner, I have been searching for a way to integrate my yoga practice with my Jewish lifestyle and beliefs. This is THE book for doing that! Rabbi Lew presents his insight in such a practical way; I'm planning a trip to his meditation center ASAP! ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the most incredible books I've ever read - and probably the most underlined. The prose was INCREDIBLE, and the insights had me thinking broader and deeper about my life than I have in a good while - opened up places inside of me. Got me still. Got me going. Cannot give it enough stars to give it credit. ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My only regret is that I found this book after Rabbi Lew had died because I would love to thank him personally for a wonderful take on the spiritual life. He has opened up new ways of thinking about traditional texts. I thank him now--and only wish I could have thanked him in person.
Barbara Kessler
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One to read and read and read- and I re read it often
Kit Latham
Jun 15, 2009 marked it as to-read
recommended by creighton
Oct 27, 2007 rated it liked it
At the time, I was moved by this. Now, in retrospect, it seems too loose.
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was even more fascinating than I thought it would be. I learned about meditation, about Jewish texts, and about Rabbi Alan Lew's life. ...more
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