Robinson’s new book explores fearful beauty of faith and doubt
Struggling to find God and meaning in a troubling, troublesome and awesome world, Stacey Zisook Robinson’s collection of essays and poetry takes us along with her as she navigates —with varying degrees of grace and willingness — the fearful beauty of both faith and doubt. Along the way, she finds time to grapple with parenting and motherhood, sobriety, grief, celebration, and above all: belief. The book is told with honesty, vulnerability and strength. While she may not always find what she seeks, she continues to question and search and wrestle with the answers she finds.
Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, past president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel, writes:
“Stacey Zisook Robinson embodies the very idea of what it means to be a Jew: to struggle with God. The word Yisrael —Israel — does not mean one who “believes in” God or one who “knows about” God. It is like the famous story of Jacob (Genesis 32) struggling with everything he was and everything he hopes he can be. Ms Robinson truly opens her soul to the reader, and we easily find ourselves in her struggles. Yes, she struggles with “belief, but she also struggles with parenthood, ambition and many other issues of life. She is a poet whose poems inform like good essays, and she is an essayist whose essays read like poetry. Her illustrations will make you laugh, cry, and most importantly see yourself more clearly. If issues of faith and doubt concern you—and they should concern us all—this book is must reading.”
Stacey is a frequent contributor at the Union for Reform Judaism blog (http://www.reformjudaism.org/blog/) and iPinion Syndicate, and has been published in several magazines and anthologies, including the Summer 2013 issue of Lilith Magazine, “The Hope” (Menachem Creditor, ed) and “In Transit” (BorderTown Press, Daniel MacFadyen, ed). Her book, “Dancing in the Palm of God’s Hand,” has just been published by Hadasah Word Press. She has created and launched a Poet in Residence program, designed to work with both adults and kids in a Jewish setting to explore the connection between poetry and prayer as a way to build a bridge to a deepened Jewish identity and faith.