Paradise is not some far-off distant time or place, nor is it beyond death. It is here and now, according to Howard Cooper—one of the most eloquent new voices in spirituality.
The Alphabet of Paradise contains twenty-six chapters, A-Z, on such topics as:
Awe Bodies Creativity Dreams Emotions Food Humor Illness Justice Kabbalah Love Money
Throughout each, Cooper uses the ancient Jewish mystical interpretive technique of PaRDeS, examining:
The Plain or literal meaning of the subject
Reminders, hints, or allusions that the subject evokes
Deeper spiritual meanings
And the Secret or mystical meanings that are sometimes present
Demonstrating a remarkable range of cultural understanding and spiritual insight—from Salman Rushdie to soccer to sauerkraut—The Alphabet of Paradise uncovers the mystical meaning of our everyday lives.
Praise for Howard Cooper’s work
"This is an extraordinary book. Without resorting to conventional piety, dogmas or religious language, Howard Cooper has managed to write a spirituality for everyday life that resonates with the most profound mystical teachings of the major traditions."
—Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History and other books.
"An innovative look at contemporary culture, from dreams and food to sex and work. A new, fresh voice in the landscape of spirituality books."
—Lawrence Kushner, author of Jewish Spirituality:
A Brief Introduction for Christians and other books
Howard Cooper is widely recognized as one of the most eloquent and vital new voices of spirituality in the world today. He is a rabbi in London.