Rabbi Dr Twerski is a pro at dealing with addicts, especially book addicts ;-)
Seriously, The Rabbi & the Nuns is another great work with a new twist. It covers the same important information regarding mental health awareness, but from a direction that most people wouldn't imagine.
Judging the Book by its Cover - a first glance review:
The cover is very straight forward. It is a picture of "The Rabbi", who has become a familiar, comforting face to many.
His Rabbi and Dr. status, which is explained in the beginning of the book, landed him the position in which he was able to provide support to Nuns and others that needed it.
Some Details I Liked:
I very much enjoyed learning about the sacrifice that many nuns make and that way of life, from a psychological perspective.
Some concepts in this book are struggles for most people, but Rabbi Dr. Twerski presents them in a very clear, enjoyable to read manner.
Who This Book is For:
One part that I really enjoyed about this book, is that it shows how the Rabbi was able to be spiritually inclined while respecting other human's religions. In that sense, this book can be read by any growing, G-d acknowledging individual. There is mention of Judaism related concepts, but it is all clearly explained without assuming that the reader has prior Judaic knowledge.
Who This Book Isn’t For:
I wouldn't give this book to a serious addict without follow up from a professional. The ideas are not meant to treat addiction, but rather to spread awareness. And that applies to other mental health sufferers as well.
What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better:
So, being that I have read many of Twerki's other books, I have to say that some (but no where near all) stories were familiar. Needless to say, they were still interesting to read again. :)
This book came out just in time for Chanukah. It is a great gift for your spiritual, but not religious or religious, but non-Jewish, or Jewish, but non-religious or Jewish and religious friend or family member. It is great to be read in one sitting and also chapter by chapter.
I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, but that it no way changed the way I read it and reviewed it.