ExtraOrdinary: An End of Life Story Without End

Pearlsong Press
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ExtraOrdinary: An End of Life Story Without End is a spiritual memoir and love story about a man who became a healer and a teacher in his mid-nineties as his own life was coming to completion. Herman Liss, an Orthodox Jew. was described by a Christian mystic with the Buddhist term bodhisattva—a person who returns to this life to help lift others on their soul journey. It is said that great sages often come in the form of ordinary people. Herman Liss, Michele Tamaren's stepfather, was such a man.

ExtraOrdinary tells of the love between Herman and his wife that continued after her passing. It shares the love between an elder and a young volunteer eighty years his junior and between a father and his adult daughter. It also explores how a hospice patient, through his compassion and his wisdom, helped heal those who cared for him.

ExtraOrdinary is written in two voices: that of Michele, Herman's daughter not by blood but by blessing, and that of Herman's young volunteer, Michael Wittner, who created an award-winning film about the sacred passage from loss and despair to connection and joy.

Herman taught by example how to love, how to listen, how to forgive, and how to be grateful for each day. ExtraOrdinary is a story of growth and learning, a joining of generations and cultures and hearts.
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About the author

Michele Tamaren, M.A. is a writer, presenter, spiritual mentor, and life coach. She lectures widely on spirituality, healing, and happiness, as well as compassionate care and spiritual growth at the end of life. Michele engages audiences of medical personnel, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, clergy, spiritual mentors, and professional and family caregivers.

For more than twenty-five years Tamaren taught special education, working with youngsters challenged by physical, learning, social, emotional, and behavioral disorders. She presented self-esteem and anti-bullying workshops throughout the United States and Canada.

Tamaren is the founder of the multi-faith Council for Spiritual Connection that brings together those of all traditions to celebrate our shared humanity. In 2010 she was presented with the Anti-Defamation League’s Leonard P. Zakim Humanitarian Award for fostering interfaith harmony.  

Mike Wittner graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in sociology and taught in underserved schools as a part of the City Year Americorps Program. He likes to read, write, think about politics, and take long walks, preferably all at the same time.

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Publisher
Pearlsong Press
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Published on
Jun 1, 2012
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Pages
222
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ISBN
9781597190626
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Biography & Autobiography / Religious
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
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