Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary

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Jewish Lights Pub., 1996 - Religion - 147 pages
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"Suppose there is something going on in the universe which is to ordinary, everyday reality as our unconcious is to our daily lives? Softly, but unmistakably guiding it. Most of the time, we are unaware of it. Yet, every now and then, on account of some 'fluke,' we are startled by the results of its presence. We realize we have been part of something with neither consciousness nor consent. It is so sweet--and then it is gone. You say, 'But I don't believe in God.' And I ask, 'What makes you think it matters to God?"'

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Lawrence Kushner, whose previous books have opened up new spiritual possibilities, now tells us stories in a new literary form.

Through his everyday encounters with family, friends, colleagues and strangers, Kushner takes us deeply into our lives, finding flashes of spiritual insight in the process. Such otherwise ordinary moments as fighting with his children, shopping for bargain basement clothes, or just watching a movie are revealed to be touchstones for the sacred.

This is a book where literature meets spirituality, where the sacred meets the ordinary, and, above all, where people of all faiths, all backgrounds can meet one another and themselves. Kushner ties together the stories of our lives into a roadmap showing how everything "ordinary" is supercharged with meaning--if we can just see it.

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Rabbi Kushner's (The Book of Words, LJ 1/94) stories reveal epiphanies in the many circumstances of everyday life where we least expect to find them: in family arguments over the car, at a fruitstand ... Read full review

Contents

Stamp Collecting 113
13
Bears 119
19
This Is Your Life 128
28
Copyright

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Lawrence Kushner , author, lecturer and 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. Through 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 I'm God; You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego ; 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).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 granddaughters giggle.

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