Accidental Grace

by Rami M. Shapiro;

Accidental Grace
Publication date: 2015-08-01
Number of pages: 220
ISBN: 9781612616551

Jews in the Reform and Reconstructionist movements read Rami's verse in their prayer books. Now, those spiritual teachings have been gathered into one volume, incorporating all of Rami's poetic work over the course of his long and varied career. The result is startling—as if we've discovered a new spiritual teacher of great importance, all in verse.

"Rami Shapiro just kills me. First he kills me with laughter, and then he kills me with tears. He kills my fearful, separate, small "s" self with his humor and honesty and humility. Then he invites me into a larger belonging in the big "S" Self of all-embracing Love."
—Gordon Peerman, author Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering

"Rami Shapiro is one of the best Jewish spiritual writers. Lush. Profound."
—Lawrence Kushner, Emanu-El Scholar at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco and author of Kabbalah: A Love Story

"When I read these poems, my heart flutters, seeing the footprints that my Beloved has left for me to follow."
—Krishna Das, Hindu Kirtan composer

"The soul of this Zen Rabbi poet soars. Rami's creative fidelity to the Source is expressed in ways which infuse joy and enlightenment into the reader's experiences of life. Find your essential self in this Accidental Grace."

Rami Shapiro is widely considered one of the most innovative rabbis of the last thirty years. An awardwinning author of two dozen books on religion and spirituality, he received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a PhD from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for twenty years, for the last fifteen he has been writing, leading retreats, co-directing One River Wisdom School, blogging at, writing a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” and hosting the weekly Internet radio show How to be a Holy Rascal. His books include Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent.
—Sr. Rosemarie Greco, dw, Wisdom House Conference Center, Litchfield, CT

"Zen Rabbi Rami is a true Holy Rascal. His poetry inspires and enlightens with ease and grace, providing food for the soul of all people, religious or not. I love this wise and beautiful book."
—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author

"'But am I a poet?' asks Zen rabbi Rami Shapiro in the introduction to this collection of psalms, poems and prayers. Grounded in his native Jewish liturgy, wrestling with the eternal religion-transcending truths of what it means to be a human being, the answer to his question can only be a resounding 'yes.' I look forward to using his words in the context of progressive Christian worship."
—Rev. Dr. Polly Moore, Editor of The Liturgy Project

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