Bylines and Blessings: Overcoming Obstacles, Striving for Excellence, and Redefining Success

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Koehler Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.48 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author
Judy Gruen is the author of The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith and several other books. Her essays and book reviews appear regularly in the Jewish Journal, and her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune,, Jewish Action, Boston Globe, and the New York Daily News. She earned her master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeff.

"Gruen's memoir is both insightful and courageous, and well worth reading for anyone, writer or not, interested in the trials of navigating a politically and religiously inhospitable environment. A perceptive memoir, written with both boldness and restraint."


"The best successful journalism is, by definition, timely. Religious values, in their very essence, are timeless. Judy Gruen explores the contradictory and occasionally complementary passions that have driven her eventful life with insight and humor. Her perspective can deepen faith at the same time that it enhances appreciation for the writer's craft."

-Michael Medved, syndicated talk show host, author of The American Miracle

"Gruen is an effortlessly good writer, an effortlessly funny writer, and an effortlessly deep writer, though there is nothing effortless about writing. Though I'm a soldier of the nefarious left, and as secular as a Jew can be while still retaining membership, I respect her points of view and her passion. My endorsement of Bylines and Blessings is from the heart."

-Howard Rosenberg, author, Blizzard of Lies, Pulitzer-Prize winning author and journalist

"Gruen tackles issues I've thought about but never dared to make public, and I'm grateful for her relatable voice and courage. Bylines and Blessings is for writers of books, letters, social media posts, and anyone seeking to understand how to live life with gentle balance."

-Laya Saul, author, Sisterhood of the Copper Mirrors-The Legacy of the Jewish Woman

"Bylines and Blessings is smart, funny, interesting, deep, charming, honest, brave, and real. It's the journey of a person fighting to grow, change, shed old skin and constantly become new. It's the story of an artist struggling for her art, humanity, spiritual life, and doing what's right for her family. You'll laugh, cry, and learn the many blessings you may not have known you already possess. I loved it."

-Mark Schiff, author, Why Not? Lessons in Courage, Comedy and Chutzpah

"A Jewish journalist is not so different from a Christian journalist where faith and ambition bump up against each other. Gruen tells the stories of hard life lessons with engaging humor and reveals that with faith, grit, and love of God and family, life does indeed offer resounding success."

-Patti Maguire Armstrong, bestselling author of the children's "Dear God" series, journalist at National Catholic Register

"Judy Gruen has a wonderful writing style--evocative and humorous. She shows her path to a life that I think all spiritual seekers are after but can get lost when we make the search all about me when it's really all about us."

-Jennifer Lawler, author, Dojo Wisdom

"As someone who spent 40 years as a journalist, I understand the daily battles to not only get the story, but to get it right. Judy Gruen also understands this, and writes about her fascinating career with humor, depth, and poignancy."

-Matthew Schwartz, Eight-time Emmy and Murrow award-winning reporter; author, Confessions of an Investigative Reporter