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by Naomi Levy

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To Begin Again, by Rabbi Naomi Levy. A compassionate understanding of grief that is useful for those of any spiritual belief. Levy realises that the question after a personal tragedy should not be, "Why did this happen?" but rather, "How can I go on?" (Thorsons, 1999).
  LibraryPAH | Jul 27, 2017 |
A compassionate understanding of grief that is useful for those of any spiritual belief. Levy realises that the question after a personal tragedy should not be, "Why did this happen?" but rather, "How can I go on?"
  CommunityResources | Dec 20, 2016 |
I heard the author interviewed on television and felt the book would be a good gift for a friend who has undergone a tragedy. I "skimmed" the book when it arrived but was soon pulled into it and read it from start to finish. Now I have to purchase another for my friend as I'm definitely keeping this one. I'm not Jewish (I'm Lutheran), and fortunately, I have not undergone a terrible tragedy like many in the book. However, this book has so much to offer all of us regardless of our circumstances. It has reaffirmed my belief in a God who doesn't "meddle" in our lives, but one that guides, supports, and loves us. The author's stories come from people she knows -- people just like all of us. Her devotions are short, simple, and true to the mark. This book is a great treasure! ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 16, 2013 |
I found this book very helpful in a difficult time. It was realistic and spoke about the challenges of life, and the support we may need. ( )
  suesbooks | Oct 23, 2008 |
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"Then what good is God?" a rape victim asked Rabbi Naomi Levy after Levy said she didn't think preventing tragedies was in God's hands. Levy realizes that the question after a personal tragedy should not be, "Why did this happen?" but rather, "How can I go on?" To Begin Again is a book of comfort and faith to lead us through tragic times. Her advice is wise, gentle, and compassionate, dotted with stories of people Levy knows who have endured terrible pain--and healed. She teaches us to get comfort from asking others for help, letting ourselves cry, seeking a community of faith, studying something new, and keeping memories alive. She shows us how to rebuild our lives by facing the truth, loving and forgiving ourselves, repairing relationships with loved ones, teaching our hearts to remain open, holding onto our faith, and, finally, transforming ourselves.

Levy understands emotional agony firsthand: she lost her beloved father to a robber's gun when she was 15. Levy's message in this beautiful, moving book is, "Each of us possesses the power to overcome the unthinkable and be reborn, to live life not as survivors but as partakers, rejoicers, participants." --Joan Price

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In words that are as wise as they are comforting and as universal as they are specific, Rabbi Naomi Levy tells us how to thrive, emotionally and spiritually, when we feel overwhelmed by pain, loss, or life itself. Her book provides a safe harbor where we can begin to heal and grow.… (more)

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