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When Rivvy Neshama was twenty-two and about to get married, her mother gave her a book of handwritten recipes that taught her how to make a good roast — but not much else. And no one gave her the recipe to make a good marriage or a good life. That took years of searching on a path with many turns.
Now, like a handwritten recipe book, Recipes for a Sacred Life is passing on the most meaningful and inspiring stories from the author’s life. From birth to death and in between; from dancing to forgiveness to sacred sex; and from a rabbi from Vienna to Irish Rita from the Bronx, they feature people and experiences that taught the author how to live a good life — one touched with sacredness. And, as it turned out, the best recipes came from her mom.
Written with heart and humor and steeped in ancient wisdom, these short, true tales reveal how ordinary encounters — with friends, nature, lovers, and strangers — can suddenly connect us with the sacred, adding love, joy, and purpose to our lives.
In the spirit of Anne Lamott, Mitch Albom, and Rachel Naomi Remen, Recipes for a Sacred Life is luminous and uplifting — a gift for all.
About the author
Rivvy Neshama is a writer, editor, and community organizer who holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and master’s degrees in comparative literature, social work, and education. She has been a teacher and social worker in Harlem, a campaign manager in Boulder, and a college instructor in Queens. Neshama has written for such national publications as Ms., Glamour, and The New York Times. Her spiritual path draws from many sources: Eastern and Western religions, Native traditions, Sufis and shamans, and her mom.
2014 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) award
Winner: Contemporary Spirituality Books category
2014 IPPY Award: Gold
2014 Nautilus Award: Silver
Category: Religion/Spirituality – Other Traditions & Practices
2013 Mom’s Choice Award: Gold
Category: Adult Books
Finalist 2013 IndieFab award. Category: Body, Mind, Spirit
“A reflective, joyful journey that will likely change the way you see the world.”
— Matthew Barber, Tony-nominated playwright of Enchanted April
“Inspiring, enlightening, and entertaining. Everyone should read this book. Sit back and enjoy!”
— Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of The New Golden Rules and Meditation As Medicine
“The stories in this book are indeed recipes. They are recipes for learning, enjoyment, and feeling the exhilaration of what it is to be alive! A literary gift....”
— John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Hoodwinked
“Morsels of experience served up with Rivvy’s special blend of wry wit and a warm heart. Each time I dip into her stories, I remember that living itself is delicious!”
— Priscilla Stuckey, author of Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature
“Rivvy Neshama is a wonderful storyteller, and her book is filled with memorable tales. There is sweetness and light here, and a guide to thoughtful ways to enhance those daily miracles of life that connect us to our better selves, and to others.”
— Jay Neugeboren, author of The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company and You Are My Heart