Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World Book Review

Anyone who has children will tell you that being a parent is not easy.

Rabbi Susan Silverman (oldest sister of comedian and actress Sarah Silverman) should know. The mother of five (three natural daughters and two adopted sons) chronicles her life as a mother in her 2016 memoir, Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World. Born into a family that was culturally Jewish, but not practicing, she was raised as an atheist. As an adult, she became more religious and chose to make her living as a Rabbi. She also knew that she wanted adopt, in addition to have children the traditional way. The book is not just about parenting, but also about faith and dealing with everything that life brings.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it because I think everyone can relate to her journey, regardless of whether or not we have children.  There is a normalcy to her story that makes the reader feel like they can sit down with Rabbi Silverman and have a conversation with her, even if they don’t know her.

I recommend it.

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