A deeply affecting, funny, insightful meditation that challenges readers to find the spiritual meaning of parenting.
Every day, parents are bombarded by demands. The pressures of work and life are relentless; our children’s needs are often impossible to meet; and we rarely, if ever, allow ourselves the time and attention necessary to satisfy our own inner longings. Parenthood is difficult, demanding, and draining. And yet, argues Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, if we can approach it from a different mindset, perhaps the work of parenting itself can offer the solace we seek.
Rooted in Judaism but incorporating a wide-range of religious and literary traditions, Nurture the Wow asks, Can ancient ideas about relationships, drudgery, pain, devotion, and purpose help make the hard parts of a parent’s job easier and the magical stuff even more so? Ruttenberg shows how parenting can be considered a spiritual practice―and how seeing it that way can lead to transformation. This is a parenthood book, not a parenting book; it shows how the experiences we have as parents can change us for the better.
Enlightening, uplifting, and laugh-out-loud funny, Nurture the Wow reveals how parenthood―in all its crazy-making, rage-inducing, awe and joy-filled moments―can actually be the path to living fully, authentically, and soulfully.
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Having long been an admirer of Rabbi Ruttenberg's writings, over the years I have appreciated her insights as our work and live paths overlapped and intersected. I was thrilled to find out that she was writing about parenthood - NOT parenting - from a Jewish, spiritual perspective. This is the book that I have been waiting for, as someone deeply immersed in Jewishness and also committed to my role as a parent. The first chapter alone enriched my thinking! I can't wait to share this book with my friends and community, and look forward to what it hopes to accomplish: initiate a dialogue on how Judaism and Jewish wisdom can inform and enlighten us in all aspects of our lives.
How I wish I had had this book when my now 30-somethings were young children. It not only gets you over the hard times of being a parent but much more important, reminds you of how special the good times are. So far I've bought 8 copies. I keep giving mine away to friends and colleagues whom I know will find its wisdom important. Danya Ruttenberg's writing is so down to earth and she is able to marry the sage advice of spiritual traditions with stories of what happens to parents day to day. She takes into account that not all families look like hers but by telling the stories that she does, each of us who has ever been a parent can see ourselves in what she is talking about.
"It's all science, definitely. But damned if it's not also a miracle." Ruttenberg gets at something essential, something powerful and profound in the stack of moments that can sometimes drag when parenting small people. Her consideration of how much (and how little) power we have as parents is skillfully woven with stories from real parents as well as from spiritual teachers like Ram Dass. This book would make a beautiful gift for a new parent and a great read for a spiritual or parenting book group. Beautifully written and intimately told, this book is a pleasure to read.
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