July 2, 2011

Book Review: The Dance of the Dolphin

Reviewed by Sue Tanida

Karyn D. Kedar
Jewish Lights Publishing (2001)
Hardcover: 243 pgs.

Written by a rabbi, The Dance of the Dolphin is for Jews,  Christians, and anyone looking for a spiritual oasis in the midst of life's busy-ness. 

The book is divided into three sections: one about prayer, our relationship with the Divine; another about perspective, or how we interpret the world; and the final one being about meaning, about our desire, no need, to make sense of our world by giving it meaning.

Its short chapters are a plus in this time of multitasking and often, exhaustion. Deft weaving of personal experience, a good sense of story, and the concepts put forth make for refreshing content.  Rabbi Kedar isn't  trying to impress her opinions about spiritual content on the world. Instead, she shares her way of seeing, and suggests how we too might use it to form our own prayer life, perspective, and sense of meaning. 

She writes:
"To be in touch with God, with ultimate beauty and goodness, with the divine will, with the messages of the spirit, we must make room for the solitude that allows a spiritual silence to resound. If God is silent, perhaps you haven't learned how to listen. But if God is experienced as silence, then you have heard loud and clear."
Words such as these  make me think about my own experience of God; what and whether I hear. This is a powerful book and one I'll keep at close hand to flip through for inspiration on my spiritual journey.

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