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The Holy Thief: A Con Man's Journey from Darkness to Light

by Mark Borovitz

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Read this for work as part of a grant assessment. A bizarre, true story. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
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This is the book I finished reading last night. The author, Mark, wrote his memoir in everyday language and because of that, I was able to read this book pretty fast. The writing was engaging and it made me want to continue, chapter after chapter.

The story is about Mark Borovitz, a Jewish man raised in Cleveland. He tells about his childhood and how he was impacted by his father’s death. He lost his way without his father and began to go down a long rough road of bad decisions which included alcohol, women, and swindling. The story is gripping because at the beginning you see how he wants to be a good Jewish boy but he is lured into a different world and slowly that ‘bad’ world draws him in until he finds himself in jail. The story continues through his adulthood and the climax is when he has a spiritual encounter and endeavors to clean up his life. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006056380X, Paperback)

Mark Borovitz was a mobster, gangster, con man, gambler, thief, and a drunk. He's seen it all. In this inspiring memoir, he takes you on a journey from the streets to discovering his soul in a prison cell.

When Mark was fourteen, his father died and his world came crashing down. He stole, gambled, and drank, beginning a twenty-year life of crime, all the while trying to be the good son, the good brother, the good boy, but his life only spun more out of control until the mob put a hit out on him.

After his release from prison, the drinking and thieving continued until, at the edge of oblivion, he experienced a moment of true divine intervention, a startling revelation that saved his life.

Mark Borovitz proved that you can change your life -- profoundly. He is now the rabbi at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles, the House of Return, a rehabilitation facility for addicts of all kinds.

The Holy Thief is the remarkable memoir of an amazing man. It is a true-life gangster story, a passionate love story, and a case of study in redemption. Regardless of your faith, you will find his story tragic, funny, uplifting, and inspirational.

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"Rabbi Mark Borovitz was a mobster, gangster, con man, gambler, thief, and drunk. He has seen it all. Now, in this memoir, he takes you on a journey from the streets to discovering his soul in a ten-by-twelve-foot prison cell." "When Mark was fourteen, his father died and his world came crashing down. Within months, he was selling stolen goods for the mob out of his high school locker, beginning a twenty-year life of crime that ran the gamut from bar hustles and con games to check-cashing scams." "Mark stole and gambled and drank, all the while trying to be the good son, the good brother, the good boy, but his life only spun more out of control until the mob put a hit out on him. From Cleveland he moved to Los Angeles, virgin territory, and amped up his hustles, schemes, and cons. Then came prison, but it only served to increase his legend, and he played every angle and then some in the prison yard." "After his release, the drinking and thieving continued unabated until, at the edge of oblivion, Mark experienced a moment of true divine intervention, a startling revelation that both saved his life and sent him back to prison, where he actually wanted to be. There he found the keys to saving his soul." "Mark Borovitz proves that you can change your life - profoundly. He is now the rabbi at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles, the House of Return, a rehabilitation facility for addicts of all kinds. Mark knows what these people feel and who they are because he was one of them. He is now, as he says, an advocate for the soul."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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