My First eBook! “10 Survival Tips For Baal Teshuvas”

I’m super proud to announce my first attempt at an eBook!

I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the life of a baal teshuva, and how to go through it in the healthiest way possible.  I believe that this is still a movement that’s just beginning, and as more of us start to try out this crazy experience called teshuva, the more we’ll have to learn from each other.

That’s why I decided to write this (very short) eBook, with 10 tips that I personally considered to be invaluable.  The goal of the book is to help baal teshuvas find their own way in this world.

I hope you like it, and I’d love to hear all your thoughts.  You can buy it (for a buck) in my new “store” section, or just click this link.

And just as a note, I’m including three files with this: ePub, PDF, and AZW3.  PDF can be read on basically any device, but I don’t recommend using it.  ePub can be read by most ereaders and laptops, except for Kindles.  And AZW3 can be read by Kindles.

I look forward to hearing what you think!

And thanks to Shmueli Bell of X-Nihilo Creative for letting me use his incredible image for my cover.

Update: Read the first chapter here: This is YOUR Journey.

  • Pragmatician sometimes

    Can we pay using paypal?

  • zchug

    Hi – I paid by card yesterday but don’t seem to have received a link. I’m not very techie and I did it on my mobile so it may be somewhere buried on my device, but I expected a link by email.

    • Weird, it doesn’t show your email address as one of the people that bought a book. Are you sure you went through the whole process?

      • zchug

        thought I did, but I’ll risk another buck and try again from a PC…

        • If you’re absolutely positive you paid, I’d be glad to just send you the zip file.

          • zchug

            Thanks but it’s fine – no doubt a nice halachic problem… It was my first ever time paying via mobile so I could well have made an error.

  • Great e-book.

    I think it’s very insightful for anyone, “Baal Teshuva” or not, because at the end of the day, we are all Baalei Teshuva, or at least trying to be. To put it another way, we are more alike than we are not, or to put it in yet another way, FFB’s aren’t so “normal” and BT’s aren’t so crazy :), (and that in itself were two generalizations, obviously :)).

    Some thoughts: I think it would be beneficial, maybe for the future expanded version, and for sure very insightful and entertaining (the hallmark of PopChassid), to hear more of a “definition” as to what a Baal Teshuva “is” (although implicit here and there throughout this monograph… There’s nothing like a head-on definition of a topic), and by that I think one would need to strike a balance between psychology and Chassidus…

    Also, I’m interested in learning more about your (Elad’s) own journey, something that although we get glimpses at here and there through this blog (including in todays’ post Dear Jew n the City..”), I would love to read about it as a narrative on it’s own accord. (Maybe we’re just gonna have to wait for the autobiography :)).

    Another point I would like to make is regarding what I think is one of the most important and well articulated tips (and one that again goes to everyone whether you are FFB or a BT), and that is the idea of visiting a Psychologist.

    I have visited a psychologist and it has helped me tremendously, and while I think some people can benefit from visiting one more than others I think every mature adult (and child, i suppose, but I did it as an adult so I can’t really know what the experience of doing so as a child is) can only gain from doing so.

    That said, I disagree with the comparison this line gives off: “Would you hire a cruddy doctor to treat you just because he’s religious?”. And the reason for that in my opinion is simple: a psycologist deals with emotions and religious affiliation has a lot to do with it (in some way or another), so unless the therapist not only respects but *understands* (the theology/way of being/cultural implications etc. of) that “religion” or “spiritual movement” then I feel that he will be hanidcapped as to *fully* understand your vantage point. I don’t mean that a non-religious (or not from your particular “school of religious thought”) therapist won’t be able to help you *at all*, but I do, based on my (very limited) experience, think that it can make a difference of day and night.

    Thanks again for publishing this and I hope it’s the first of many!

  • BirdieWaters

    Fantastic! Have you ever submitted any articles to secular papers for their religion section? Although you’re decidedly Orthodox, many of your articles touch a common chord shared by everyone.

  • Just bought it and read it. This is something I could have used years ago when I started the BT process – would have saved me a lot of grief! One thing I was hoping for but didn’t see is dealing with family members, especially parents, who are far from happy about your new life journey. Perhaps that would be your second ebook?