Climbing the Mountain

Climbing the Mountain

My Search for Meaning

Book - 2000
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With the simple power and astonishing candor that made his 1988 autobiography, The Ragman's Son, a number one international bestseller, Kirk Douglas now shares his quest for spirituality and Jewish identity -- and his heroic fight to overcome crippling injuries and a devastating stroke.
On February 13, 1991, at the age of seventy-four, Kirk Douglas, star of such major motion-picture classics as Champion, Spartacus, and Paths of Glory, was in a helicopter crash, in which two people died and he himself sustained severe back injuries. As he lay in the hospital recovering, he kept wondering: Why had two younger men died while he, who had already lived his life fully, survived?
The question drove this son of a Russian-Jewish ragman to a search for his roots and on a long journey of self-discovery -- a quest not only for the meaning of life and his own relationship with God, but for his own identity as a Jew. Through the study of the Bible, Kirk Douglas found a new spirituality and purpose. His newfound faith deeply enriched his relationship with his own children and taught him -- a man who had always been famously demanding and impatient -- to listen to others and, above all, to hear his own inner voice.
Told with warmth, wit, much humor, and deep passion, Climbing the Mountain is inspirational in the very best sense of the word.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2000, c1997.
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed.
ISBN: 9780684865843
068486584X
Branch Call Number: 921 Douglas
Characteristics: 269 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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May 27, 2017

An absolutely beautiful book. I learned a lot about Judaism, which I had always wanted to know, explained in the most elegant and interesting manner. Douglas' writing always amazes me, he is almost as good a writer as he was an actor. Top notch!

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