'If we focus on the meaning and purpose of our lives, we might acquire a better way of living.' In this insightful book, Julia Neuberger considers what it is that makes life worthwhile. Drawing upon her considerable experience as a religious leader and social reformer, passionately concerned with the issues that affect society's wellbeing, she offers practical ways to give our own lives a renewed sense of significance and direction.
From celebrating friends and family, to surviving hardship and loss, to assessing the relative value of possessions, and the benefits of being as tough as we are kind to ourselves, Julia Neuberger shows how to reconnect with the things in life that really matter to us. It is, she explains, possible to live a life with few regrets, in which we get our priorities right and create a legacy which will live on long after we are gone - yet which will make life all the more rewarding here and now.
As only the second female rabbi to be appointed in Britain, and the first to have her own synagogue, Julia Neuberger taught for many years before becoming Chancellor of the University of Ulster from 1994 to 2000. She was also Chief Exec of The King's Fund from 1997-2004, and the government's champion of volunteering from 2007-9. A member of numerous public bodies, councils and a trustee of many charitable organisations, Julia Neuberger was made a DBE and a life peer in 2004. She is also well known as an author, social reformer and broadcaster, whose previous books include Dying Well and The Moral State We're In. In 2011 she was appointed rabbi at the West London Synagogue, making her the most senior woman in Jewish religious life in the UK.