Saturday, April 30, 2011

Devotion by Dani Shapiro...Review & Giveaway!

I just finished up a book that really got me thinking and I am so excited to be able to share it with you all....Devotion by Dani Shapiro.

Shapiro's newest memoir, a mid-life exploration of spirituality begins with her son's difficult questions-about God, mortality and the afterlife-and Shapiro's realization that her answers are lacking, long-avoided in favor of everyday concerns. Determined to find a more satisfying set of answers, author Shapiro (Slow Motion) seeks out the help of a yogi, a Buddhist and a rabbi, and comes away with, if not the answers to life and what comes after, an insightful and penetrating memoir that readers will instantly identify with. Shapiro's ambivalent relationship with her family, her Jewish heritage and her secularity are as universal as they are personal, and she exposes familiar but hard-to-discuss doubts to real effect: she's neither showboating nor seeking pat answers, but using honest self-reflection to provoke herself and her readers into taking stock of their own spiritual inventory. Absorbing, intimate, direct and profound, Shapiro's memoir is a satisfying journey that will touch fans and win her plenty of new ones. 

I really, really enjoyed this book.  I could really identify with Shapiro in her quest to find the bigger meaning behind all the day to day drudgery.  The "is there more to life than wake, work, repeat?" type of questions.  Like Shapiro, I too worry about my children and feel this overwhelming sense of wanting to protect them and to lead them down the right path.  I also know what it is like to grow up around religion but to also have questions as well.  I really liked how she went into this with an open heart and mind to find her own sense of meaning.  The book was incredibly candid and, in my opinion, read like you were listening to an old friend talking about her highly personal journey.  Another plus for me were the super short chapters which made it a great book to pick up and read even if you only had a few minutes although it was also hard to put down because it was so interesting!  This is a great book for people of ALL religions and makes for an incredibly interesting read.  You can pick up your copy today on Amazon...




The publisher, Harper Perennial, is giving TWO Reviewed by Mom readers a copy of Devotion! Here is how to enter...

Mandatory Entry: Visit Dani Shapiro's website and tell me something you learned about this great author.  You must complete this entry for all extras to be counted.


For Extra Entries:
1.  Follow this blog= 1 entry
2.  Like Reviewed By Mom on Facebook =1 entry
3. Like Dani Shapiro on Facebook = 1 entry
4.  Enter one of my other giveaways &let me know you have done so = 1 entry per giveaway entered.
5.  Follow Dani Shapiro on Twitter = 1 entry
6.  Follow Reviewed By Mom on Twitter = 1 entry
7.  Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway & let me know where to find it (each can be done once per day) = 1 entry per each
8.  Enter this giveaway into another giveaway linky and leave a link to it= 1 entry
9.  Comment on one of my non-giveaway posts and let me know you have done so = 1 entry 
 
Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail. Contest is open to US residents and will end on May 10th. The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on May 11th and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is draw. Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with the above mentioned book for purpose of review. The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

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