My New Life as a Jew By Robin Chotzinoff (240 Pages)Publisher: Public Affairs, 2006
Raised a "born-again" atheist, Robin Chotzinoff had no interest in religion--and practically no experience in it--until she turned forty. When she suddenly discovered a belief in G-d, she had no idea what to do next.
In Holy Unexpected she describes her journey from a New York childhood through years of unhappiness, drugs, and drift. She investigates what she believed in before she believed in G-d (the healing powers of junk food, music, psychopharmacology), and how a happy marriage impelled her toward a higher power. When she discovers that Judaism embraces arguing with G-d, hot sex, and acts as opposed to beliefs, she embarks on a journey to reconstruct her Jewish heritage and forge a relationship with her faith.
Writing with enormous humor and intimacy, and without proselytizing or self-absorption, Chotzinoff takes readers on an unexpected religious journey lit by humor and grace.