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13-0123 Recipes For A Sacred Life

Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles

by Rivvy Neshama (Divine Arts)


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.


“We gravitate toward stories because, like a map and compass, they direct us back home — home to an inspired heart. Rivvy’s stories will take you there … and with a few miracles in your pocket.”

— Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D., author of Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water and Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backwards 

“Clear. Profound. Homey. This is the Eat, Pray, Love of everyday life. I love this book!”

— Marilyn Webb, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Good Death 

“Rivvy’s delightful stories open the heart and raise us to a higher level of compassion and generosity. Read them, one at a time, and then daydream on them … and you will take on a glow of joy and feel more secure in God’s world.”

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer