The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar


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Llewellyn Publications
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6.0 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Greg Marcus, PhD (San Francisco, CA) is a practitioner, facilitator, and innovator of American Mussar, a 21st century spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life. He earned a BA in Biology from Cornell University, and earned his PhD in biology from MIT. Visit him online at


"The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions opens wide the doors to a traditional Jewish spiritual practice that has the power to transform your life."--Alan Morinis, Dean, The Mussar Institute and author of Everyday Holiness

"Weaving ancient wisdom with twenty-first-century circumstances, Greg Marcus beautifully presents how the teachings of Mussar can bring you a deeper sense of purpose and a better life."--Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and creator of The Making of a Mensch

"With clarity and wisdom, Greg Marcus guides us through practice, learning, inspiration, perspective, and humor to a life that is worth living. Here is a book that gives us daily practical encouragement to step through the door of our shining potential."--Rabbi Shefa Gold, author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant

"Greg Marcus takes the wisdom and insights of the traditional practice of Mussar and refines it for the contemporary American of any religious background."--Rabbi Ira F. Stone, Mussar Leadership Program

"Whether you're Reform, Orthodox, or non-conformidox, pause your soul searching for a second and pick up this book. Greg Marcus's fresh take on the ancient wisdom of Mussar might just be the spiritual alarm clock you need."--David Sax, author of Save the Deli

"Greg Marcus's book will be invaluable for those who are committed to personal growth and are seeking a framework to examine the inner life."--Rabbi Jill Hammer, director of spiritual education at the Academy for Jewish Religion and author of Sisters at Sinai

"Greg Marcus swings the door wide open to spiritual seekers of all backgrounds with this hospitable introduction to Mussar."--Rabbi David Jaffe, author of Changing the World From the Inside Out

"The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions is an incredibly practical book to walk an inner path of spirituality. Greg Marcus introduces Mussar to Jews and non-Jews alike as a way to look inside and find the inner "Soul Traits" one by one."--Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, author of You Are Not Your Brain

"A wonderful book that is rich in insights and practical information about the crucial spiritual work of self-transformation...This is down-to-earth Mussar that will be useful for everyone."--Rabbi Yoel Glick, author of Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic

"The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions should take its place on the bookshelf of all seekers who are interested in the joys and challenges of serious personal growth."--Marilyn Paul, PhD, author of It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys

"With clear, charming, inspirational writing and thoughtful self-help assessments, this book can help change your life for the better."--Scott Behson, PhD, bestselling author of The Working Dad's Survival Guide