A Cluttered Life by Pesi Dinnerstein
Searching for God, Serenity, and My Missing Keys

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A Cluttered Life chronicles Pesi Dinnerstein’s touching, quirky, and often comic search for order and simplicity amid an onslaught of relentless interruptions. When a chance encounter with an old acquaintance opens her eyes to the extent to which disorder has crept into every corner of her existence, she begins a quest to free herself from the excess baggage she carries and finds—to her great surprise—that the meaning she's spent years searching for is right there in her own piles of clutter.

Dinnerstein’s battle with chaos is an odyssey of self-discovery that leads her from the obvious mess spilling out of closets and the backseat of her car to the more subtle forms of disorder in her life and, finally, to the most hidden expressions deep within herself. In the end—with the help of devoted friends, a twelve-step recovery program, and a bit of Kabbalistic wisdom—her struggle with the things of this world is transformed from a distraction into its own journey of healing and personal growth. At turns insightful, unsettling, and wildly funny, A Cluttered Life is the story of how one woman found her true self—and spiritual fulfillment—through trying to make sense of her own muddled world.

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Published August 23, 2011 by Seal Press. 314 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Dinnerstein, who recently retired as a language-skills teacher at CUNY where she worked for more than 30 years, had an office infamous for heaps of boxes, a home cluttered with mementos and a head-turning car full of junk—including several pieces of lumber she intended to return to Home Depot som...

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While Dinnerstein set out to write about her relationship with clutter, her journey was really about “a God who delivers to us the experiences—pleasant and not so pleasant—that can bring us closer to Him.” By the end, she realizes that she’s used clutter all her life to hide from uncomf...

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Amazingly, she finds-to her great surprise-that the meaning of life, which she’s spent years searching for,has actually been there all along, hidden amongst her personal piles of clutter.

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