Stop Surviving
Start Living

Released: April 2010
Sold to date: 30,000 + copies
Now in its 5th printing
Now translated into Spanish, French, Hebrew and Yiddish.

"Can one book inspire you to grow, motivate you to change, and answer your major life questions, all in a clear, accessible way?"

Written in an easy-to-read, contemporary style, this powerful book offers a road map and the inspiration to create A LIFE OF MEANING AND PURPOSE. Is it possible that thinking, intelligent people don’t feel an overwhelming need to answer these questions? Can a person live without knowing why? Taking the concepts of the first perek of Misilos Yesharim, and framing them in words that speak to the 21st century, Stop Surviving, Start Living offers a Torah perspective on many life issues.

What readers are saying:

“Excellent book!”

It was truly one of the best books I ever read. It gave me a great perspective on a big problem I’m currently facing.

Adam F.

“A must read…”

Beautifully written, deeply informative and profoundly inspiring… will appeal to anyone interested in adding meaning to their daily life. A pleasure to read, yet rich in depth and meaning. It explores common questions such as “why are we put on this world” and “how can I get the most out of my life”. I delighted in the discovery of new concepts and it profoundly impacted many areas of my life. It is definitely a must to read for everyone!

Susan V.

“Mesmerizing “

I was unable to put the book down until I finished it. My in-laws were by me for shabbos and both of them picked up the book and spent the rest of the day reading it.

Shloime E.

Over 30,000 copies Sold! A best seller in Jewish books.

Find answers to major life questions:

Why did HASHEM create you?
Why does HASHEM want you to do mitzvahs?
What role do pleasures serve in this world?
Why do people suffer so much?

What Rabbi’s are saying:

“A must Read!”

So many assumptions that I had, regarding Torah, wisdom, conduct and attitude, have been reshaped by the Shmuz. This is a powerful book

Rabbi Hanoch Teller
Noted Author and Speaker

“Read this book!”

This enjoyable and highly engaging volume will gently propel the reader to view life from a loftier vantage point. Read it and soar!

Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetsky
Rosh Yeshiva, South Shore Yeshiva

“Rabbi Shafier has done it again!”

A groundbreaking volume that will change lives. Here is a book you will have a hard time putting down

Rabbi Pinchus Jung
Noted Mechanech

Living a meaningful, passionate life is within reach - but it requires understanding, and it requires a game plan.

Finally a book that brings clarity to the basic issues of life, in manner that is suited for all.

Stop Surviving Start Living has received rave reviews from the complete spectrum of Jews:
From chassidish, to yeshiva educated, to baalei teshuvah, to completely secular.

What the papers are saying:

“Captures the reader’s mind and heart through vivid imagery. A must-read for anyone who is looking to find true meaning and fulfillment in life.


“Written in accessible language, it reads like a casual conversation with a friend – except that this conversation is deceptively deep and spiritual.”


“…short enough to be finished in a few hours, engaging enough to keep you reading, and most of all, spiritual enough to move your soul.”

The Jewish Press

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