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

 

ABOUT RIVVY

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 make us laugh, they make us cry, and they connect us more deeply with the joy and meaning of our lives.

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“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."
– Bustle  

“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

"It’s smart, funny, and moving. It invites in the believers and welcomes the skeptics. And reading it made me feel great!”
– Barbara Fisher, book critic/correspondent for the Boston Globe

“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. It's much more than that — and much more fun to read. 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

“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

“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."  
Redbook

“Exquisite storytelling…. Written in the spirit of Elizabeth Gilbert or Anne Lamott, Neshama's stories (and a few miracles) are uplifting, witty, and wise.”
Publishers Weekly 

“Rivvy's bite-sized stories will make you nod with deepest knowing. It's a magical companion."
HuffPost

“Recipes for a Sacred Life is filled with delights. It will inspire and uplift your heart."
– Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

“Clear. Profound. Homey. This is the Eat, Pray, Love of everyday life." 
– Marilyn Webb, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Good Death

“A reflective, joyful journey that will likely change the way you see the world.”
Matthew Barber, Tony-nominated playwright of Enchanted April

“This beautiful book can open your heart, elicit a tear, and bring up some joy-filled, laugh-out-loud moments.” 
Science of Mind magazine

“This is a wise and wonderful book to help cook up a more delicious life!”
– Ally Sheedy, film and stage actress

“Rivvy Neshama is a wonderful storyteller, and her book is filled with memorable tales. There is sweetness and light  here."                              – Jay Neugeboren, author of five prize-winning novels, including Poli: A Mexican Boy in Early Texas

“The stories in this book are indeed recipes — for learning, enjoyment, and feeling the exhilaration of what it is to be alive! A literary gift....”
John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man 

"This delightful gem, pulsing with light and love, will warm your heart and soul."           – Light of Consciousness Journal

“How can so much wisdom, warmth, honesty, fun, compassion, and a realistic love for human nature be found in such abundance in one book?”
 – Gail Storey, author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail

WINNER OF 5 NATIONAL AWARDS

IPPY Gold Award, Spiritual/Inspirational

Nautilus Silver Award in Religion/Spirituality

COVR Award, Best Book in Contemporary Spirituality

Gold Medal Winner of Mom’s Choice Awards

ForeWord Reviews Indie Fab Book of the Year Finalist