A Formula for Proper Living: Practical Lessons from Life and Torah

A book from Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths’ sister imprint

A life-long student of Jewish wisdom texts , Dr. Abraham J. Twerski draws from his extensive professional experience as a psychiatrist and spiritual counselor to give us practical lessons for daily life, whatever our faith tradition.

Abraham J. Twerski, MD

6 x 9, 144 pp | 978-1-58023-402-3

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Extraordinary wisdom to help you understand yourself, lead your life, and deal with other people.

“As human beings, we have instincts for both good and evil, conscious and unconscious. To rectify ourselves—to live spiritually and properly—involves getting a handle on these impulses.”

—from the Introduction

In this special book of practical wisdom, Dr. Abraham J. Twerski draws from his extensive professional experience as a psychiatrist and spiritual counselor, a life-long student of Jewish wisdom texts, and his personal experience as a son of a wise Chassidic rabbi to give us practical lessons for life that we can put to day-to-day use in dealing with ourselves and others.

In a presentation as warm and witty as it is profound, Dr. Twerski combines lively anecdotes, personal musings, and insights and wisdom from sources ranging from Freud to the great Talmudic and Torah scholars throughout the ages. And with deep compassion and refreshing candor, he shows how these wisdom teachings can guide us in all moments of our lives, whatever our faith tradition.

“Practical wisdom that will assist and guide the reader in search of a more meaningful life.... Leads towards spiritual understanding.”

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

“[Written] with the deft and experienced hand on which we have come to rely…. Dr. Twerski’s kindness and respect for every ‘diamond in the rough’ and insight into the hidden insecurity of accomplished people is an inspiration.”

Dr. Wendy Mogel, clinical psychologist; author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children

 “Artfully guid[es] his readers through a process of self-examination toward greater self-awareness.... Fascinating perspectives.”

Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Online

 “As Christians today renew their bonds with the Jewish tradition, this volume provides a window to the love-centered spirituality of Judaism. Beautifully written and expressed in clear and compelling prose.”

John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, PhD, director, Catholic-Jewish Studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

 “Wisdom that applies no matter what one’s faith is.... A top pick for spirituality and self-help collections.”

Midwest Book Review

 “Who knew that the basic principles of modern psychoanalysis were foreshadowed by the Torah and Jewish wisdom literature? Dr. Twerski knew ... and we are blessed with this amazing tour through both. A masterpiece by a master teacher, doctor, psychiatrist, and guide, our twenty-first-century Maimonides.”

Dr. Ron Wolfson, author, The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth; Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University; president, Synagogue 3000 

“A treat for the spirit as well as the mind, the book that every life coach wished they had written to help you set goals and the way to get there. Introduces us to the nexus of modern psychiatry, deep spiritual learning, and insights from everyday life, aided by the gentle, accessible voice of the author.”

Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director, Jewish Outreach Institute; author, Life’s Daily Blessings: Inspiring Reflections on Gratitude and Joy for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom