A book from Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths’ sister imprint
Through stories of everyday human encounters Lawrence Kushner takes us deeply into our lives to find spiritual insight. In this book, literature meets spirituality, the sacred meets the ordinary & people of all faiths can meet one another & themselves.
6 x 9, 160 pp | 978-1-879045-98-9
“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?"’
—from Invisible Lines of Connection
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.
“Amazing.... By the time he’s done even the hard-hearted may be wondering if God’s providence isn’t at work in their lives.”
—Sh’ma, A Journal of Jewish Responsibility
“Rabbi Kushner is a beautiful storyteller.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Kushner’s new book has found a way of opening up the path to holiness in the ordinary.... Will benefit anyone who in any way considers him- or herself religious.”
—The Rev. Robert G. Trache, St. James’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia
“Inspiring! Nourishes us with words for the soul and insights for the heart.”
—Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul
“These truly spiritual stories do something both more and different than instruct—they inspirit. Wonderful stories, from the best storyteller I know.”
—David Mamet, playwright
“Kusher yet again proves himself both a man of great wisdom and a great writer. No one can match him in catching glimpses of the Holy.”
—M. Scott Peck, MD, author of The Road Less Traveled and other works
“A charming, anecdotal take on the larger significance of ordinary life…. Will stimulate you to perceive the sacred in the mundane.”
“Entertaining and instructive… A deeply human book and at the same time a compendium of instructions for seeking religious epiphanies and revelations, the ultimate game of hide-and-seek.”
—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, Soul Mates and The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life