BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS REAL AND YOU ARE COMPLETELY UNPREARED:  THE DAYS OF AWE AS A JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION-
                                               ALAN LEW

Rabbi Lew points out that there are many things that happen in our life for which we are totally unprepared such as a death in the family or when someone is ill.  We were on solid ground but when something serious happens in our lives, we can start to feel it disappear and we turn to our faith for help.

Rabbi Lew explains that Jews take part in a series of rituals and prayers from the days just before Rosh Hashanah up to Yom Kippur and that the purpose of these rituals is to open one's heart to God.  He then takes the reader on a journey through seven stages by using these prayers and rituals. 

An interesting point made by Rabbi Lew is that often we find ourselves "spiritually dead".  How do we change this?  He states that we have lost our passion and the first thing we have to do is to try and find it and one of the best ways to create this renewal is prayer.  Prayer opens us up to any type of change that might be necessary for us to deal with our circumstances. 

Rabbi Lew has done an excellent job writing this book.  For many of us who are not familiar with this faith, his explanations of the rituals help us to understand the beliefs and meaning of the holy days of the Jewish people.  The book is easy to understand, and at the same time, is very intriguing as Rabbi Lew takes you through this journey.  Add this book to your reading list.  It will be a great learning experience for you!

Nancy Eaton

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, NANCY EATON

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