Living A Life That Matters

Living A Life That Matters

Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success

Large Print - 2001 | Large print ed.
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From the author of the huge bestsellerWhen Bad Things Happen to Good People, a profound and practical book about doing well by doing good. In this timely and compelling book, Harold Kushner addresses our craving for significance, the need to know that our lives and choices mean something. We do great things, and occassionally terrible things, to reassure ourselves that we matter to the world. We sometimes confuse fame, power, and wealth with true achievement. But finally we need to think of ourselves as good people and are troubled when we compromise our integrity to be successful and important. Rabbi Kushner suggests that the path to a truly successful and significant life lies in friendship, family, acts of generosity and self-sacrifice, as well as God's forgiving nature. He describes how, in changing the life of even one person in a positive way, we make a difference in the world, give our lives meaning, and prove that we do in fact matter. Persuasive and sympathetic, anecdotal and commonsensical,Living a Life that Mattersinspires and uplifts.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, c2001.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780375431371
0375431373
Branch Call Number: 296.36 K97a
Characteristics: viii, 225 p.

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Ricegirl1959
Jun 19, 2017

This is the first work written by Harold Kushner. I had heard of "Living a Life That Matters" and was looking forward to reading it. I would have to say that I appreciated the way that Rabbi Kushner used examples from the Bible, the Torah, and his conversations with people to emphasize points throughout the book.

I found him to be honest, to the point, yet not condemning, preachy, or self-righteous. I also greatly appreciated his sense of humor. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who had questions about our need to matter. Hopefully, they would find the author as sympathetic and warm as other readers. And more importantly, may they have the courage to step out of their comfort zone and see what they have to offer another human being and maybe in the process find out a little more about themselves.

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