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Living a Life That Matters
Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success
By Harold S. Kushner

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Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success
Large Print Edition
By Harold S. Kushner
Random House Large Print, (2001)
ISBN: 0-375-43137-3
Genre: Inspiration, Self-Help

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - December 30, 2001

What really matters in your life? Fame and success? Or a happy home life and the respect of those around you? In Living a Life That Matters Harold S. Kushner explores the question, what is really important in life. And he quickly proves that it is not fame or wealth that is important. Rather, it is your character. In this book, Kushner has written a compelling narrative that describes why many people crave to be viewed as significant. A for these individuals, significance is equated with power, wealth, material possessions, or fame. Many people erroneously equate success with tangible assets. However, with compassion and wit, Kushner lucidly explains that the true meaning of success is measured in friendships, family ties, and being an altruistic individual.

In Living a Life That Matters, Kushner illustrates how people delude themselves into thinking that they are happy and successful, when in truth they are not. His writing will help you evaluate your own life, so that you can judge for yourself if you are really happy. If the answer is no, he offers advice on changes you can make in your own life to bring you to the path of true happiness. He also offers advice on how to develop a high moral standard and altruistic outlook.

Throughout, Kushner interweaves his narrative with a plethora of short stories, reminisces, antidotes, Jewish fables, and biblical stories. His message is delivered by presenting true life and literary examples of the situations he is describing. He also helps you to help yourself by posing a series of questions that will enable the reader to evaluate his own life in a meaningful and instructive manner. In short, this book will help you to discover what really matters in your life. It will help guide you through the low points in your life, and will help you to become a stronger person with a strong sense of personal integrity. And by improving yourself, you will, by extension, enrich the lives of those around you.

Harold S. Kushner is a liberal Rabbi with a string of writing credits to his name, including When Bad Things Happen to Good People and How Good Do We Have to Be?. Kushner is the Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, and in addition to his numerous literary works, he is also a much sought after lecturer. His books have touched the hearts of many, by their insightfulness and the ease by which he connects to the issues facing everyday people. Without exception, his books have found a ready audience with readers from all denominations because of his clear, easy flowing style of writing and the universal appeal of his message. Living a Life That Matters will prove no exception, and it is destined for the best seller list.


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