It was Rachel Remen's grandfather, an Orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kaballah, who enabled her to see that blessing one another is what heals the isolation and loneliness in us all. Now the New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Table Wisdom uses the power of her wonderful stories to remind us that we can all serve and bless life. My ...
It was Rachel Remen's grandfather, an Orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kaballah, who enabled her to see that blessing one another is what heals the isolation and loneliness in us all. Now the New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Table Wisdom uses the power of her wonderful stories to remind us that we can all serve and bless life. My Grandfather's Blessings dispels the common myth of serving others as sacrifice and brings the power to strengthen and celebrate the life around us within reach of us all. And throughout the book, we have the privilege of feeling the profound love of Rachel Remen's extraordinary grandfather.
The author recounts the small and large things she learned from her grandfather. Very instructive and entertaining at the same time.
May 28, 2009
another home run
Dr. Remen's Kitchen Table Wisdom has been my personal emotional reference/coach/guide. This tells more tales for consideration and comfort.
Apr 23, 2007
Inspirational Short Stories
My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging consists of six sections of short stories: I. Receiving Your Blessings II. Becoming a Blessing III. Finding Strength, Taking Refuge IV. The Web of Blessing V. Befriending Life VI. Restoring the World Author Rachel Naomi Remen, MD shares many personal life stories that are inspirational and uplifting. Some will even bring a tear or two to your eye. Many of her blessing stories result from the close relationship she shared with her Orthodox rabbi grandfather who kept her after school as a young child. He was able to impact her life in spite of her socialist parents who forbade him to teach their child "religion"
Publishers Weekly, 2000-03-27 When she was four years old, Remen's grandfather brought her an unusual present: a paper cup of dirt, which he instructed her to water daily. She did, with increasing boredom, until she was astonished to find that a plant had sprouted. "My grandfather was a scholar of the Kabbalah, the mystical teachings of Judaism," Remen tells us. Through this exercise and others, he taught her that the "spark of God" exists, even in the most unpromising places. Through a series of unpretentious, affecting vignettes, the author of the bestseller Kitchen Table Wisdom encourages readers to recognize and celebrate the unexpected blessings in their own lives. Many of her recollections are linked to her experiences as a medical student and a physician working with cancer patients, but the most memorable ones relate to Remen's deep engagement with her grandfather, who died when she was seven. She gently illustrates her advice through simple yet powerful stories, such as that of a young woman whose husband helped her discover the real meaning of beauty years after her devastating mastectomy; of a widow who learned to cherish her husband's memory with love instead of with "a monument of pain"; and of a little boy who recognized that it's easier to love just a few toys than it is to love many. "Wisdom," Remen writes in this exceptional book, "lies in engaging the life you have been given as fully and courageously as possible and not letting go until you find the unknown blessing that is in everything." Author tour. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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