Living a Life That Matters

Front Cover
Anchor Books, Aug 1, 2002 - Religion - 176 pages
27 Reviews
Most of us need to feel that we matter in some way; perhaps this explains the high value placed on titles, corner offices, and even fleeting celebrity. But most of us also need to feel that we are good people. In this luminous yet practical book of spiritual advice, Harold Kushner bridges the gap between these seemingly irreconcilable needs, showing us how even our smallest daily actions can become stepping stones toward integrity.

Drawing on the stories of his own congregants, on literature, current events and, above all, on the Biblical story of Jacob, the worldly trickster who evolves into a man of God --Kushner addresses some of the most persistent dilemmas of the human condition: Why do decent people so often violate their moral standards? How can we pursue justice without giving in to the lure of revenge? How can we turn our relationships with family and friends into genuine sources of meaning? Persuasive and sympathetic, filled with humanity and warmth, Living a Life That Matters is a deeply rewarding book.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
13
4 stars
5
3 stars
6
2 stars
2
1 star
1

Review: Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success

User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

I was disappointed. I agree with the premise that it matters how you live your life and love is what is primary. But Biblical story after Biblical story left me cold - Kushner writes about them as if ... Read full review

Review: Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success

User Review  - Meltha - Goodreads

While this was still a very good book by Rabbi Kushner, there were times it came off as oddly a bit sour. I'm not quite sure what the tone issue was for me, but it just missed the mark by a tad bit ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Harold S. Kushner is Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, where he lives. His books include When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Who Needs God, and How Good Do We Have to Be?

Bibliographic information