I highly recommend this powerful book by my dear friend, Rabbi Steve Leder. This is not a book of empty platitudes. Steve thought he understood pain and its challengesâ€”but when it struck hard in his own life, a more profound understanding unfolded before him. (Rick Warren, Pastor and Author)
LOS ANGELES February 15, 2018
Rabbi Steve Lederâ€™s bestselling new book, â€˜More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Usâ€™ (Hay House, November 2017), has found itself at or near the top of multiple bestseller lists, including having outpaced a number of spiritual/inspirational classics. And for good reason, according to Rick Warren, founding pastor at Saddleback Church, one of Americaâ€™s most influential evangelical voices and a man who knows a thing or two about classics. Warrenâ€™s â€˜The Purpose Driven Lifeâ€™ is one of the bestselling books of all time, at over 34 million copies sold.
“More Beautiful Than Before is a treasure box of time-tested wisdom that can only come from years of experience in helping people face every kind of imaginable pain, loss, suffering and grief,â€� Warren says. â€œItâ€™s clear, compassionate, and compelling. I loved reading this book and I love Steve Leder. Having led one of our nationâ€™s largest congregations for 30 years and comforted so many whoâ€™ve suffered, he is the voice of experienceâ€¦the wounded healer, who is both realistic and hopeful.â€�
Twice-named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the ten most influential rabbis in America and the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, Lederâ€™s disarming relatability and concise, communicative style has gained the attention of not only Warren, but other influencers across the media landscape. In recent months, he has been a guest on CBS This Morning, CBSâ€™ The Talk, NPR and PBS and Lederâ€™s publicist confirmed that more network television is in the works. Leder has also been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and TIME Magazine.
Itâ€™s not just Leder that holds universal appeal, however. The bookâ€™s success to a large degree can be attributed to the subject matter, which he says is not only universal, but resonates deeply.
â€œThe hundreds of powerful, heartfelt letters, emails and reviews Iâ€™ve received speak to the deep need we all have to understand our pain and use it to live a more authentic and meaningful life. Writing this book was a gift from my heart, an offering to help others survive, heal and grow when life hurts,â€� Leder says, ahead of the upcoming National Religious Broadcasterâ€™s convention in Nashville, which he, along with Warren, will attend. â€œOne thing my friend Rick Warren, I and all pastors know, is that life can hurt. To be human is to suffer. But we also know that in a profound and powerful way, we can all become more whole only after weâ€™re broken.â€�
The winner of numerous awards and the subject of the documentary film Restoring Tomorrow, Leder is also the recipient of the Kovler Award for his work in interdenominational and cross-cultural dialogue and a fellow in the British American Project.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Leder studied at Trinity College Oxford and was ordained at Hebrew Union College. He is the the author of two other critically-acclaimed books, “The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things” and “More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life without Losing Your Soul.”
More information can be found at steveleder.com.
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