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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


“Neshama can see that the world is alive with holy moments, and her view comes to life through exquisite storytelling…. Each story is like a tried and true recipe being passed along, knowing that others will add their own ingredients to the mix and make it their own. Written in the spirit of Elizabeth Gilbert or Anne Lamott, Neshama's stories (and a few miracles) are uplifting, witty, and wise: one can't go wrong with a recipe like that.” ~ Publishers Weekly

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


“Whether she’s drawing inspiration from the Dalai Lama, her mom, or her Polish neighbor on Long Island, Rivvy Neshama’s Recipes for a Sacred Life is like sitting down with a good friend to hear stories filled with life, love and wisdom.” ~ Lori Erickson, Holy Rover,

link to full review..“Neshama’s riveting collection of spiritual recipes in the form of short stories is gently carved out of the joys and struggles of life’s experiences…. A highly recommended new book that is bound to make a difference in one’s life.” – Rabbi Israel Zoberman, Jewish News

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“In Recipes for a Sacred Life, Rivvy Neshama shares personal stories and advice on life, love, spirituality, meditation, compassion, appreciation, 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

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“Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a guide to happiness? Recipes for a Sacred Life is the closest thing I've found: a series of powerful, inspiring personal essays about adding love and joy to the everyday." ~ Melissa Sorrells, FIRST for Women Magazine

Recipes for a Sacred Life, a collection of short tales by Rivvy Neshama, left us moved — and changed. Her wise, poignant, funny, and inspiring real-life anecdotes remind you to appreciate every moment, even the less-than-happy ones.”’ ~ Redbook, Book Club Pick

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“This delightful gem, pulsing with light and love, will warm your heart and soul.” ~ Light of Consciousness Journal

“Rivvy’s bite-sized stories will make you nod with deepest knowing, illuminate your heart with limitless love, blow your mind in the best way possible, and let you drift into dreamland with the reassurance that you’re not alone.” ~ Miriam Ava, The Huffington Post

link to full review...“A bright promise of awakening that comes from simple ingredients and life’s most everyday moments — sunrises, walks, animals, neighbors, parents, being a grandparent, and making lists…. The tales carry a resonance similar to healing stories from Rachel Naomi Remen’s Kitchen Table Wisdom. ‘In Jewish tradition, the best jokes are stories,’ says the author. Likewise, Neshama’s audience will experience that the most sacred recipes are also the stories.” ~ Bobbye Middendorf, ForeWord Reviews

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“… Fun, funny, sad, serious, down to earth and at the same time inspiring and most of all, honest. Rivvy 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 Blog


“Pulling on her vast wealth of knowledge — collected from places as diverse and far-flung as Manhattan and Mexico, Austria and England, Boulder, Colorado and Mali — and from Eastern spirituality and Western philosophy, Neshama’s own stories will inspire you to find the magic and meaning in your own everyday life.” ~ E. CE Miller, Bustle

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“I asked Rivvy to tell me something unique about her book, and she replied by telling me how her book was different from so many other spiritual books that are out there. She said, 'What makes my book different, I believe, is that it's composed of stories. I'm a storyteller; these are the most meaningful stories from my life; and stories are magical: they make the teachings come alive.'” ~ Helene Vachet, New Perspectives