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Title:
The secret life of God : discovering the divine within you
Author:
Aaron, David, 1957-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Shambhala Publications, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
192 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781590301463
Format :
Book

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This book is based on the teachings of Kabbalah, but accessible and useful to anyone from any religious background, it exposes the secret life of God and our ultimate purpose on earth.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

According to one ancient sage, "Kabbalah is not the path to paradise but the path to paradox." Yet Rabbi Aaron untangles enough of that paradox to leave us with a much clearer picture of paradise. He takes the existential and makes it tangible; his answers of "yes" to either/or questions somehow make sense, and at the end of the day, his love for and delight in the study of kabbalah is contagious. With a tone that is soft but firm, Aaron offers a particularly embracing sort of guidance. His approach, open and honest with a nice dose of humor, makes the mysteries of God less frightening. Contemporary analogies share time with family anecdotes and Talmudic lessons. He gently pushes the boundaries of what we think we know to be true and encourages us to broaden our perspective. Most striking is his ability to logically explain a theological abstraction. For example, "when the Kabbalah talks about why God created the world, it is not asking `For what reason?' but rather, `For what purpose?' " He illustrates his point by asking why Henry Ford invented the car for what reason? To please his mother? Impress a girlfriend? No one knows. Ask for what purpose and the answer is simple: transportation. Aaron notes that "When we talk about God, we are not simply saying we don't know the reason why God created the world, but rather that there really is no reason. There's a purpose for which God created the world, but not a reason. Although the world is purposeful, it's still unreasonable." Though at times a bit repetitive in a sermonic kind of way, anyone seeking answers about the nature of God those familiar with Aaron's writings and teachings and those new to the study of kabbalah and even Judaism will feel equally comfortable within these pages. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

A lecturer and founder of the spiritual retreat center Israelight, Rabbi Aaron (Seeing God) is also a popularizer of the insights of the Kabbala. Here he argues that the true nature of God is not to be found in a simple reading of the Scriptures alone but to be intuited by mystical perception, such as that found in the Kabbala. God's perfection is of two kinds, the first static and unchanging, the second a kind of "becoming." It is in this second perfection that human beings can participate, so as "to reveal a dynamic perfection of becoming, to overcome our failings, choose goodness, and grow for God's sake." Not all readers will find Aaron's reasoning easy to follow, but many will find the journey fascinating. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.