1) ONE IN A GENERATION - the biography of Rav Berland
The draft came back from having its first read-through by the proofers, and the fact-checking part of the process is also almost completed.
Because it's such a massive book (in so many ways...) I reckon it's going to take about another six weeks to get it to 'final draft' stage still, not least because it's Pesach in about two weeks and someone has to do some cleaning around here.
If you'd like to contribute to the costs of getting One in a Generation designed, printed and out there, please go HERE, where there's a handy form where you can donate online.
2) THE SECRET DIARY OF A JEWISH HOUSEWIFE - Is being a little re-worked, internally, to make it more accessible to people who don't do six hour praying sessions on a regular basis... I'm hoping it will still be ready to get out there, somehow, on May 31, 2017.
If you read THIS article, then you'll know there is something of a stranglehold on distributing books to orthodox bookstores, and that any book that doesn't 'fit' what the people running the business believe is suitable for frum audiences simply doesn't see the light of day.
I kind of fell into the pit of despair about all the hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness going on in the frum book world for a week, but now, God is helping me to bounce back a little, and I'm trying to put together a list of Jewish bookstores across the world that might be more 'open' to carrying a book about Jewish frum female life that doesn't include kugel recipes.
If you'd like to help me, please EMAIL ME with the phone number, website and / or address of your local Jewish bookstore, wherever you happen to live.
3) 49 DAYS: AN INTERACTIVE JOURNAL OF SELF-DEVELOPMENT - for the 'Counting the Omer' period that's in about 2 1/2 weeks...
I know, it's so hard to think past seder night (I haven't even got that far, to tell the truth) - but the Omer starts right after the first night of Pesach, and there's a lot of amazing spiritual 'energy' in the air over those next 49 days to really start cleaning things out of our soul-dimension that aren't so helpful to us.
If you order it today, there's still time for you to get the '49 Days' journal delivered before counting the Omer actually starts.
Here's some of the 'blurb' from the back:
49 Days is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their mindfulness, inner dimension and relationships. Over the course of seven weeks, readers are encouraged to focus on one area of inner work at a time, ranging from love and relationships, all the way through to self-improvement, truth and the spiritual dimension.
This uplifting book's vibrant water-color images and innovative design really brings each day's work to life. Each day, Rivka Levy gives you a different exercise to do, to encourage self-development and reflection through writing, list-making, meditation and much more.
Based on the deep wisdom of the Jewish Kabbalah, each week's work builds on the next, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting. By the end of 49 days, readers will have much more insight into who they really are, what they really want to do in the world, and how to overcome any obstacles that could be holding them back from living their lives to the full.
As well as being a powerful tool for self-development, this beautifully-designed, full-color book will also make a perfect gift for that special someone.
If you order it on Book Depository, you'll get free shipping and it'll cost you just 58 shekels!!
Click HERE to order it.
Or, you can buy it on Amazon, too, HERE.
Let me leave you with this review of '49 Days', to whet your whistle:
The minute I saw the first pages, I was enchanted.