I'm God, You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego

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Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010 - Religion - 228 pages
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Flashes of insight surprising, entertaining, inspiring from one of the most creative spiritual thinkers in America.

"The goal of all spiritual life is to get your ego out of the way outwit the sucker; dissolve it; shoot it; kill it. Silence the incessant planning, organizing, running, manipulating, possessing, and processing that are the ineluctable redoubts of the ego. Not because these activities are bad or wrong or even narcissistic but because they preclude awareness of the Divine. To paraphrase the Talmud, God says, 'There ain't room enough in this here world for your ego and Me. You pick. " from the Introduction

Tapping the experiences and wisdom of his career as a spiritual leader, Lawrence Kushner delights, surprises, challenges and inspires us. With his signature candor, wit and compassion, he helps us reconnect with the why and how of our spiritual lives. He encourages us to find new perspectives on the life-stuff that shapes them, and gently reminds us of the Source of it All.

These inspiring often startling insights will warm you during the dark times of your own doubts even as they brighten your quest for meaning, faith, identity, community and holiness."


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Review: I'm God, You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

I loved this book! Kushner is a MASTER story-teller who weaves together the best of Jewish tradition with contemporary narrative. Definitely putting some of his stories in my sermon files. Read full review

Review: I'm God, You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego

User Review  - Poetreehugger - Goodreads

Some good parts, some not so good parts. Heh heh. Quotation re congregational life: p. 30, "we are only as good as we treat the people whom we believe (to be) beneath us." p.36, "If someone is trying ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Lawrence Kushner, author, lecturer, spiritual leader, is regarded as one of the most creative religious thinkers and writers in America. A commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, he has focused us on spiritual renewal with wisdom and humor.

Throug his books and lectures, people of every faith and background have found inspiration and new strength for spiritual search and growth. It has been said that some spiritual leaders blend religion and psychology to help us walk better on the ground, but Lawrence Kushner draws on the wisdom of the mystics to help us dance better on the ceiling.

Kushner's acclaimed books include God Was in This Place & I, i Did Not Know: Finding Self, Spirituality and Ultimate Meaning; Honey from the Rock: An Easy Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary; The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet; Jewish Spirituality: A Brief introduction for Christians; and In God's Hands, an inspiring fable for children, with Gary Schmidt (all Jewish Lights; for more of his books, see p. ii).

Kushner served as rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts, for almost thirty years; he is currently the Emanu-El scholar at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, and an adjunct faculty member at Hebrew Union College---Jewish Institute of Religion. He is fascinated by graphic design and computers (designing most of his Jewish Lights books). He enjoys Mozart, hanging around sailboats, and making his three granddaughters giggle.

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