RECIPES FOR A SACRED LIFE
true stories and a few miracles
“Recipes for a Sacred Life left us moved—and changed. Wise, poignant, funny and inspiring.”
– Redbook, Book Club Selection
Neshama's true tales, a memoir of sorts, are filled with life, love, and timeless wisdom—from her father's jokes to her mother's prayers, from Billie in Harlem to a stranger in Salzburg, and from warm tortillas to the humble oatmeal. They ground us, and they lift us up. They make us laugh, and they make us cry. And most of all, they connect us more deeply with the grace and meaning of our lives.
“We gravitate toward stories because 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
“Rivvy's bite-sized stories will make you nod with deepest knowing. It's a magical companion."
“Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a guide to happiness? Recipes for a Sacred Life is the closest thing I've found."
– First for Women Magazine
“Neshama's own stories will inspire you to find the magic and meaning in your own everyday life. Plus, her voice is totally contagious—whether she’s reminiscing about her beatnik college days or lamenting the arrival of her first AARP magazine, you're going to want to curl up with this book and crawl inside."
“A bright promise of awakening that comes from simple ingredients and life's most everyday moments—sunrises, walks, animals, neighbors, parents, and making lists.... The tales carry a resonance similar to healing stories from Rachel Naomi Remen’s Kitchen Table Wisdom.”
– Foreword Reviews
“Inspiring, enlightening, and entertaining. Sit back and enjoy!”
– Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of Meditation as Medicine
"You might think by its title that Recipes for a Sacred Life is another self-help book offering advice and spiritual directives. If you did, you'd be wrong. Rivvy Neshama's inspiring stories are moving, playful, and enlightening. She offers timeless wisdom that will enrich the lives of readers of all ages and backgrounds. I highly recommend it!”
– Charlie Bloom, co-author of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married
“Personal stories and advice on life, love, compassion, dying, sex, and more.... With a flowing style of writing and a beautiful way of looking at the world, Neshama has written the essential handbook to living a sacred and meaningful life.”
– Women’s Adventure Magazine
“Rivvy's book invites one to curl up, read, and reflect, warmed by the voice of a truly gifted author. It charms and inspires. What more could one ask?"
– Hal Zina Bennett, author of Write from the Heart
“Rivvy's delightful stories open the heart. 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
“Blessings upon Rivvy and her beloved mother for their combined wisdom that leads to living a fully present life and loving it.”
– Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning
“Fun, funny, sad, serious, down to earth and at the same time inspiring—and, most of all, honest. Neshama writes in a style that sings and soothes, declares and wonders, and takes you along for an amazing yet ordinary ride."
– Dr. Irene Conlan, the Self-Improvement Show
“The most compelling thing is her voice—clear and compassionate, tender and straighforward. And while her book isn't a memoir, it reads like a piecemeal, out-of-sequence one at parts, reminding us that life is not always so neatly ordered."