Living Boldly in an Uncertain World
Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307266644, 192pp.
Publication Date: October 6, 2009
From the best-selling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, an illuminating book about fear—and what we can do to overcome it.
An inescapable component of our lives, fear comes in many guises: fear of unemployment; fear of aging, illness, losing beauty; fear of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. In uncertain times, coping with these fears can be especially challenging, but in this indispensable, hopeful book, Harold S. Kushner teaches us to confront, master, and even embrace fear for a more fulfilling life.
Drawing on the teachings of religious and secular literature and on the true stories of people who have faced their fears, Kushner helps us to see that fear can present us with extraordinary opportunities—to connect with our emotions, rethink our values, and change our lives, and the world, for the better. For those who fear helplessness, he suggests empowerment: through prayer, service, and education. For those who fear for mankind’s future, he insists on hope and pragmatic measures, such as working to protect the environment. For those who fear death, he proposes life—lived boldly and purposefully.
In Conquering Fear, we are again inspired by Harold S. Kushner’s wisdom, at once deeply spiritual and eminently practical.
“Harold Kushner once again arms his readers to battle life’s difficult moments by showing the strengths they already have inside them: this time courage is the quality—the courage to change, to accept, to fight, and to follow virtue. An inspiring book for our times.”
-Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie
“Rich with Harold Kushner’s honest, practical eloquence, Conquering Fear is the right book at the right time. It will ease the heart and strengthen the mind of everyone who reads it!”
-Forrest Church, author of Love & Death
“Harold Kushner speaks to the real questions that are on the minds and hearts of people . . . Rabbi Kushner’s answers in this book are not glib . . . He takes up these fears one by one, and gives us cogent advice on how to live with them . . . A carefully reasoned effort to calm our spirits so that we do not yield to the many frightening terrors that can crush our spirits and spoil our will to live wisely and well.”
-Jack Riemer, Palm Beach Jewish Journal
“A helpful guide to navigating all kinds of fear.”
-Joshunda Sanders, Austin American-Statesman
“Filled with a great deal of wisdom . . . Kushner’s message is inspirational and transcends all religious creeds and spiritualities.”
“Kushner does present ideas that . . . provide a different and satisfying way of looking at some of these problems.”
-Washington Jewish Week
“The inspirational author’s latest is likely to strike a chord with a wide range of readers.”