MEET OUR JEWISH AUTHORS
DISCOVER TIMELESS WISDOM—Since ReadTheSpirit online magazine was founded in 2007, along with our publishing house, we have welcomed a diverse family of authors—including Christians, Jews, Muslims and Native Americans. That is a shining example of hope in these turbulent times, when minorities often are pitted against each other.
As this year’s Jewish High Holidays begin, we want to shine a spotlight on our Jewish authors. Check out these links, below, and you will find books that will make you laugh as well as cry—that will delight and inspire—and that are likely to make you want to roll up your sleeves and work on peacemaking, yourself. The world certainly could use your help. Please, start by meeting one of these authors via the convenient links that take you to their Amazon pages.
RABBI JACK RIEMER—The late Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel described the rabbi’s storytelling this way: “Jack Riemer’s words are songs of hope and faith. Listen to them as I do.” Finding God in Unexpected Places also is our newest book of Jewish wisdom, drawn from the holiday-themed teachings of this master storyteller.
RABBI ROBERT ALPER—Best known as a full-time standup comic and a star of satellite radio’s “clean comedy” channels, Alper shares some of his favorite stories in two volumes: Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This and Thanks. I Needed That.
RABBI JOSEPH KRAKOFF—Collaborating with artist Michelle Sider, Krakoff transforms his years of expertise with the Jewish Hospice Network into an illustrated book for families to treasure—either before or after the end of a loved one’s life. Never Long Enough is an invitation for families to gather around a loved one, open this richly illustrated book and share their own stories as these pages turn. This is a unique treasure for families from any spiritual background. If you are in southeast Michigan, Krakoff and Sider are launching a new coloring book / workbook supplement to their popular book on September 16 at the Huntington Woods Library.
BRENDA ROSENBERG—Jewish peace activist and trainer Brenda Rosenberg collaborated with Arab-American pro-Palestinian activist Samia Bahsoun on Harnessing the Power of Tension, A paradoxical approach to building alliances at home, in the board room, on campus and in communities. That lengthy title captures the value of their thought-provoking guidebook.
DEBRA DARVICK—Want to know more about the Jewish holidays? We highly recommend a classic, This Jewish Life, Stories of Discovery, Connection and Joy. Debra takes us through the Jewish year, marking the major observances with inspiring true stories by a wide range of men and women.
LYNNE MEREDITH GOLODNER—Want a taste of the holidays? The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads includes two delicious challah recipes—as well as stories and recipes from other religious and cultural traditions.
WISDOM WOMEN—The new edition of Friendship and Faith has more than 50 true, inspiring stories of women daring to cross religious boundaries to form new friendships. Many of the women who contributed their stories to this book are Jewish.
LINDA JARKEY—Collaborating with her sister, artist Julie Jarkey-Kozlowski, these two veteran educators created a new kind of children’s picture book, Sadie Sees Trouble. The theme is timely: A little girl’s beloved dog Sadie struggles to regain the girl’s attention when she becomes obsessed with a new digital device. Readers also are invited to download free coloring pages to take part in this creative adventure.
ROBERT PASICK—Veteran teacher and psychologist Robert Pasick offers wisdom for successful living in his guidebook, Balanced Leadership in Unbalanced Times, and his reflections on Conversations with My Old Dog.
SUZY FARBMAN—You’re likely to laugh and cry as you journey with journalist Suzy Farbman through her spiritual adventures in survival from a dire diagnosis of cancer. Her book-length memoir is called GodSigns.
In addition, Suzy writes a weekly column called GodSigns, which introduces readers of magazine to remarkable men and women who make our world a better place each day. This week, Suzy shares a warm-hearted dog story—about how the orphaned BeBe found a new home in California.
ROSH HASHANAH 5779—Want to learn more about this holiday? Got friends, family, co-workers, neighbors who observe the Jewish High Holidays? Columnist Stephanie Fenton writes about some of the most popular holiday traditions, including links for apples-and-honey recipes.
GANESH CHATURTHI—Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the grandest and most beloved festivals of India, honoring the Hindu god Ganesha, known also as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Images of Ganesha are temporarily installed in public pandals (shrines) and in homes, and worshipped for several days, until they are taken to a local body of water and immersed. Stephanie Fenton has the story!
Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com
FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING
WHEN AMAZON GETS IT WRONG
This week, in our Front Edge Publishing column, Dmitri Barvinok explains the single most frustrating problem that authors face when their books are listed for sale on Amazon. That’s a dreaded “out of stock” message—or some other incorrect message telling customers they can’t buy your book. The good news? Dmitri also explains several of the solutions Front Edge is using to resolve these problems.
Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com
FAITH & FILM
ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.
Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:
- PUZZLE—This complex story about a woman who discovers her unusual talent for assembling puzzles is sure to generate spirited discussion, Ed writes. (4 out of 5 stars)
- SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD—Ed says there are intriguing details as well as troubling aspects of this controversial tell-all documentary about sexuality in Hollywood in the 1940s and ’50s. (4 stars)
- DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT—What a delightful visual parable of reconciliation from director and screenwriter Gus Van Sant! Based on John Callahan’s autobiography of the same name, the title comes from one of the sardonic cartoons that made Callahan beloved and controversial. (4.5 out of 5 stars)
THE CAKEMAKER—Writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer’s first film may be slow-paced, but it also is a fascinating exploration of grieving, loneliness and the fluidity of sexual boundaries usually thought of as rigid. (5 stars)
- MAMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN—Some fun and some good music can’t make up for a muddled plot, Ed says. Nevertheless, if you know what to expect, you may have fun. (3 stars)
- THE PROPHET JOB—Curious about this famous figure from the Bible? Ed recommends an Australian video that’s free to watch online.
- LEAVE NO TRACE—Based on Peter Rock’s 2009 book, My Abandonment (a novel inspired by a true story), this film offers a refreshing look at outsiders and insiders, refusing to demonize anyone, as so many films do. (5 stars)
- BLACKkKLANSMAN—Based on the memoir of policeman Ron Stallworth, Spike Lee has written and directed one of the most important films of the year. (5 stars)