Thresholds is the new book from author and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch. Rabbi Hirsch discusses the importance of traversing through the thresholds of life, and how we can do so in a healthy manner. She examines the struggle of discerning which thresholds to cross and which to steer away from as well as helps us sort through the emotional impacts of grief, loss, and uncertainty. She offers a number of examples through the use of personal stories as well as case studies. These help the reader to understand more clearly the concepts that she is presenting.
Hirsch is both a Rabbi and a Psychologist, and in this volume both come through. There is a good amount of example from Bible stories, as well as case studies from her psychological practice. Yet, it is important to remember that Hirsch is a Jewish Rabbi and not a Christian Pastor. Thus, the volume is written from a Judaic world-view. Meaning that the elements of Hope and Resurrection and Abundant Life are absent from the discussion. Those are elements that are critical to the Christian Faith and that shape how we view death, grief, stress, and discernment.
I would recommend this book as a resource to help Pastors and Counselors sort through helping people cross the thresholds of life, yet would caution that they understand from the beginning that the elements of hope, resurrection, and abundant life are absent from the volume.
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