By Jennifer Moses
Jennifer Anne Moses left in the back of a comfy lifestyles within the top echelons of East Coast Jewish society to maneuver together with her husband and youngsters to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. trying to find connection to her atmosphere, she determined to volunteer at an AIDS hospice. yet as she encountered a tradition populated by way of French Catholics and Evangelical Christians, African americans and Cajuns, altruistic nurses and nuns, ex cons, highway walkers, impoverished AIDS sufferers, and healers of all stripes, she stumbled on she had launched into an unforeseen trip of profound self discovery.
In a keenly saw memoir that embraces either pathos and humor, Moses takes us right into a international that's unusual and unhappy but in addition suffused with the holy. As witness to dire poverty and severe adversity, Moses discovers a deeper dedication to her personal faith—Judaism that asks now not for blind trust, yet fairly day-by-day dedication. She recounts the demanding situations of taking up a existence devoted to God in a postmodern international that has little use for the divine. Telling her tale of redemption with an honesty that is going correct for the heart, she leaves the reader with new hope.
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