A Review: Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles by Rivvy Neshama

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Book 250By Irene Conlan –

” Yikes,” I thought. “How could reading recipes be inspiring? Why did I say I’d review this book?”

Then I started the first chapter—no recipe here—but an unstated invitation to join in the building of a “sacred life” described as “A simple life, filled with love, awe, and a deep sense of connection. A happy life, touched with grace and blessings. A life in which I know what I’m here to do — and do it.”  A sacred life? A life filled with love and awe? I’m in. I want this, too.

The book, I soon discovered, is fun, funny, sad, serious, down to earth and at the same time inspiring and most of all, honest. Rivvy Neshama writes in a style that sings and soothes, declares and wonders and takes you along for an amazing yet ordinary ride. She had great courage to bare her own soul and share so openly and most of us can identify with her experiences and be comforted by them.

It is a book to pick up every day and  read a little bit because it helps you get your head on straight and your attitude adjusted. It is a book to read while you’re curled up on the couch enjoying a rainy day in front of the fireplace or sitting on a beach hearing the water lap in and out. And it is a book to be read straight through because it makes you feel so good and you can’t find a place that makes you agree to put it down. You choose which one it is for you.

For me it was a refresher course on how glorious life can be and how much I love being on this planet. It was a reminder to be present to the “little things,” live in the moment, and do those things that nourish my spirit. It is a call to be authentic and a permission slip to be quirky if that is who you are.

If now and  then you need a “feel good” book—one that makes you want to sing or dance some crazy made up song or dance, one  that reminds you, without being preachy, of how much you have to appreciate and be grateful for—Recipes for a Sacred Life might be just what you’re looking for. And if you’re looking for miracles you will find a couple described and others hidden on every page.

I loved this book.