More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us
ISBN: 1401953123
EAN13: 9781401953126
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 7, 2017
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 1.02" H x 7.24" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of being hurt, the hell of hurting another. The hell of cancer, the hell of a reluctant, thunking shovel full of earth upon the casket of someone we deeply loved, the hell of betrayal, the hell of betraying, the hell of divorce, the hell of a kid in trouble . . . the hell of knowing that this year, like any year, may be our last.

We all walk through hell. The point is not to come out empty-handed. . . . There is real and profound power in the suffering we endure if we transform that suffering into a more authentic, meaningful life.

In the spirit of such classics as When Bad Things Happen to Good People, A Grief Observed, and When Things Fall Apart, More Beautiful Than Before How Suffering Transforms Us examines the many ways we can transform physical, psychological, or emotional pain into a more beautiful and meaningful life.

As the leader of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of America's largest and most important congregations, located in the heart of Los Angeles, Rabbi Leder has witnessed a lot of pain: It's my phone that rings when people's bodies or lives fall apart, he writes. The couch in my office is often drenched with tears. After 27 years of listening, comforting, and holding so many who suffered, he thought he understood pain and its challenges--but when it struck hard in his own life Read More chevron_right

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5
   Perfect pandemic read
I originally bought this book because I had difficulty coping with the anxiety that covid-19 tends to bring with it. However, shortly after I started it, my son had surgery and my father-in-law, the man who walked me unconditionally down the aisle and loved me as a daughter, passed away suddenly. I am a woman without religion to belong. I do not believe as Christians do, and my convictions tend to fall in line with Judaism, but I am not converted and can not be considered a Jew. Regardless of religious affiliation, this book speaks to your heart.
 
5
   Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
My husband of 26 years dies of Alzheimer's disease a little every day. When we met, I was a bit 'hard boiled' because of what life had done to me, or I should say, let it happen to me. My outer shell disintegrated and became what I am today through his beautiful ways. This book taught me that you can also become beautiful through pain. I feel that by reading these words made me look inside myself to bring out the true me. I never felt this before.
 
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   Disappointed!
A little more into God and his disciples '' than I anticipated. However, there were some good points made, but this book would not be my recommendation if you're going through some difficult times.
 
5
   A True Understanding of Devastating Loss
Beautiful book for those of us who experienced the devastating loss of a child, mother and husband in the last four months of 2017.
 
5
   Must read.
This brilliant man is read with an eye opening. His words and insight delve into the depths of your soul and really make you think about yourself, choices and perspectives.
 
5
   Pain. Why?
This will open your eyes and should mean the possibilities and meanings of your life.
 
4
   Worthwhile Read
I am still going through a family tragedy, so any advice I can find is helpful. I wrote many things that the author appreciated about dealing with emotional and physical pain. I know that I will come through this, though I will not be the same person. I have become more generous and kinder. I also became more tolerant of what I used to consider weakness in others. I plan to recommend this book with others and share it with them. Pain can transform a person, either in a bad, bitter way or in a good way.
 
5
   Highly recommend for anyone going through emotional or physical pain.
This is a great book, I read another book when it arrived. I intended to finish reading the other book, but while skimming through Steve Leder's book, I just couldn t put it down until I had read it all. I recommend it to anyone who is dealing with emotional physical pain.
 
5
   Just a nice book with good common sense
Just a beautiful book with good common sense. If you are thinking of a gift, my personal opinion is best for someone that went through a sad event perhaps years earlier. Thought a good book, with really good advice on helping others.
 
4
   I found out about this book when Rabbi Leder was ...
Considering I lost my husband in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack 5 days before the start of Hanukkah, grief and holidays go hand in hand for me. This book had a lot of suggestions and insights on different types of loss and how you can grow from them. It is a helpful little book.
 
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