am 2. November 1999
The author takes you on a journey with Ecclesiastes to try to find the meaning of life. I will not spoil the outcome for you, but it is an outcome that many people who are monotheistic, agnostic or atheist eventually discover as did Ecclesiastes. The answer is applicable for any generation.
Although written by a Rabbi, the wisdom in this book is applicable to anyone of any belief. Although I don't believe that this is Kushner's most popular book, it just might be his best. He actually ends up answering several questions rather than just THE ONE - this is exceptional work.
As well written as the book was, the quality of the printed book was awful. It looked like the printer was short on ink and many pages (not just 2 or 3) were tough to read primarily at the edges. Since I generally rate a book based upon the author's work, I will give it five stars and hope that the poor quality print of the book I had is an isolated incident.
am 23. Juli 2000
I wish everyone would read this book and the world would be a much better place! This book is so inspiring for the person with a negative outlook on life. I read this book and wanted to invest more time in bettering my relations with people who are important in my life, and it gave me a different outlook on the importance and the impact I can make on other peoples lives. To give more of myself in relations with everyone. It is so well written, I think Harold Kushner has a gift from God that he is sharing all his insight with us. Everything he says, is beneficial to anyones belief. Very, very inspiring I am buying it for all my friends and family to read.
am 17. Februar 1999
Finally, someone helps us see that what we strive for is not where the meaning is-- the meaning is in the everyday!
Rabbi Kushner in his simple way, takes away the anxiety we all feel in wanting more, and helps us turn our point of view from what is out there, to what we have.
When we relish every TODAY, and stop dreaming of a different TOMRROw, we will realize that life is beautiful.
Kushner takes "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" and explains why.
am 5. November 1996
After reading this book I quit my job, got a divorce, and moved 3000 miles across country where I vaguely knew 2 people -- No- I was in the process of doing thoses things when I read the book. It did open my eyes to the fact that I thought I believed one way while I had been living my whole life another way. Now what I have is what I want, and it's enough
am 28. März 2000
...and why we want so much..In my opinion, society doesn't want it's members to ever feel like everything is ever good enough or you are ever perfect already enough without all this stuff. I trip because our world, our universe is already miraculously designed to be perfect and just to witness some of the things and people in it should have us well pleased, but that ain't the case. My mom used to say "God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them and WE have the nerve to be dissatisfied with the heavens and the earth and everything in them..." As an example, look how much money is spent on advertisements and commercials during "events" like the Super Bowl or the Oscars...the money spent on a 15 second spot gets up to the millions. This sensory bombardment is one of the ways this insecurity creeps in--And, for why? The American Dream? To make sure everybody has the opportunity to stay ahead of the game? To flesh out some Madison Ave. photocopy? The questions are--are you really less of a person without this jazz? And why is it such an empty feeling even after we've gotten all we ever imagined wanting?--Most people I know, however, disguise this emptiness with a competitive nature thing akin to the ol' "Nah, nah, na-nah! I've got a new bike and you don't" stance of the neighborhood kids...are we that spoiled? And what happens when that emptiness returns after we can't find anyone to compete with? Do we look within or do we look for new competitors...? Don't get me wrong, I would be the wrong person to endorse unproductive activity. I would suggest some kind of healing activity.... Kushner's book is about this 'looking within'. He uses the book of Ecclesiastes to help us thru the 'vanities of vanities', our human restlessness, our desires and our sufferings. I agree with what the several other reviwers have stated. It is a book everyone should read, if only to witness a well elucidated interpretation of Ecclesiastes.