Jack Mason ● Midwest Book Review
In “Living in the Presence: A Jewish Mindfulness Guide to Everyday Life”, Rabbi Epstein explains that living in the present has become a therapeutic cornerstone; that living in the presence transforms the technique into a life-changing experience.
With exquisite simplicity, straightforwardness, and heartfulness, ”Dr. Benjy” presents an approach culled from the teachings of the great Jewish spiritual masters that span thousands of years.
This approach demonstrates how Jewish tradition is extraordinary in conjoining the Divine and the mundane, essentially postulating that the present moment (each present moment) holds the key to connecting to the Divine.
Imbuing workaday life with transcendent meaning, “Living in the Presence” demonstrates that our awareness of the divinity manifest within the present moment consecrates the present with presence, and makes it both meaningful and holy.
Designed to introduce his readers to who they are, as God made them, and to the gift God has placed within them. “Living in the Presence” provides a practical and hands-on roadmap to discover purpose in our lives.
Critique: An exceptionally well written, organized and presented treatise, “Living in the Presence: A Jewish Mindfulness Guide to Everyday Life” is an erudite, articulate, thoughtful and thought-provoking work that is aptly divided into four major sections: In the Beginning; Kavanor (Intentions); Avodah (With Each and Every Breath); Shabbat: A Day of Yishuv Hada’at, and features an Appendix (Hashkatah: The Subject of Quieting the Mind: A Practice). “Living in the Presence” is an unreservedly welcome addition to personal, college, and university library Judaic Studies collections and supplemental studies lists.