- Publisher: Random House USA Inc
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 15mm | 204g
- Publication date: 1 May 2005
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1400033357
- ISBN 13: 9781400033355
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 341,800
The Lord is my shepherd is a book of practical spirituality, inspiration and encouragement gleaned from what may be the best-known chapter in the Bible: the Twenty-third Psalm. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." So begins the psalm that, for millennia, has been a source of comfort in grief and of courage in fear. In this book Harold Kushner discovers what it has to teach us about living our day-to-day lives. Each chapter discusses one line of the psalm in the context of both the time when it was written and the present day, and illuminates the life lessons contained within it. The author also draws on the ideas and thoughts of various spiritual figures--from G.K. Chesterton to Martin Buber to Paul Tillich--to further expand our understanding ofthis great psalm and help us benefit from its everyday spiritual wisdom.
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Harold S. Kushner is Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, where he lives. His books include The Lord Is My Shepherd," "Living a Life That Matters," "and How Good Do We Have to Be"?"
"The author pours into [the book] everything a long life has taught him about this psalm, and all that this psalm has taught him about life. . . . It is a book worthy of attention from people of all faiths." --"The Dallas Morning News" "This is a nurturing book that will bring comfort to those who are grieving and peace to those who are caught in the vise of constant fear." --"Spirituality & Health" "Reaffirms [Rabbi Kushner's] pre-eminent position among the religious teachers of the 21st century . . .This book is filled with just the right story, anecdote or illustration at just the right place." --"Jewish Media Review ""One of Kushner's strengths always has been his ability to empathize, to understand the pain of others on a personal level, and to share his gentle wisdom in an accessible manner. . . . Nearly as soothing as the psalm itself, Kushner's words elucidate, reassure and encourage." --"The Plain""Dealer"
Rabbi Harold Kushner believes that the Twenty-third Psalm--perhaps the most memorable and cherished chapter of the Bible--offers spiritual riches that can change a person's life. He has found that these simple, beautiful verses, full of honesty and optimism, have an almost magical power to comfort and calm. The psalm does not pretend that life is ever easy, but it offers a masterful guide to living in the world with faith and courage. Drawing on over forty years of his own thinking, on other biblical scholars, and on history, Kushner gracefully demonstrates how this sustaining work can help us cope with every aspect of life, from mundane jealousies to the death of a loved one to unimaginable tragedies of global proportions.