Sheyna Galyan

Destined to Choose (Rabbi David Cohen #1)

2015 National Indie Excellence Award finalist. When a college freshman’s philosophy paper on the Holocaust jeopardizes her relationship with her grandfather, a Shoah survivor, she finds herself alone and afraid on the streets of Minneapolis. Help comes in the form of Rabbi David Cohen, who is struggling with his own personal demons. Trained in both psychology and Talmudic argument, David must help this family face the real issue that divides them. Set against the backdrop of a Jewish holiday of mourning, they bring together their experiences as they confront evil itself and answer a cry for help that no one expected.

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2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist!

by Sheyna Galyan

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Summary: When a college freshman’s philosophy paper on the Holocaust jeopardizes her relationship with her grandfather, a Shoah survivor, she finds herself alone and afraid on the streets of Minneapolis. Help comes in the form of Rabbi David Cohen, who is struggling with his own personal demons. Trained in both psychology and Talmudic argument, David must help this family face the real issue that divides them. Set against the backdrop of a Jewish holiday of mourning, they bring together their experiences as they confront evil itself and answer a cry for help that no one expected. (Previously published by Yaldah Publishing in 2003.)

Sheyna Galyan is the author of the “Rabbi David Cohen” suspense series set in Minneapolis. Her second book, Strength to Stand (Yotzeret Publishing, 2015), was released in fall 2015. Sheyna’s short story “Sketches for Cinco” is included in the mystery anthology Festival of Crime (Nodin Press, 2014), and her essays and articles have appeared in TCJewfolkAmerican Jewish WorldSt. Paul Voice, and various other publications. With advanced degrees in psychology and education, she has worked as a counselor, consultant, lecturer, journalist, and Jewish educator. Fascinated by the intersection of tradition and technology, her favorite questions are “Why?” and “Why not?” She lives with her husband and children in the Twin Cities, where she is at work on the next Rabbi David Cohen novel.

She frequently writes on Facebook at facebook.com/sheynagalyan.author, on Twitter at twitter.com/sheynagalyan, and on her blog at BooksAndBeliefs.blogspot.com. You can also visit her website at sheynagalyan.com.

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Weight .875 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 × .5 in
Format

Paperback

Pages

282

Also Available As

Ebook

BISAC Codes

FIC046000: FICTION / Jewish FIC022000: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General FIC025000: FICTION / Psychological

Writer

Sheyna Galyan

Reviews

  1. Ellen Stanclift

    “…brilliantly written. Author Sheyna Galyan has done an amazing job of integrating everyday Jewish life with a great meaty story. The depth of this novel is exceptional; the education in Jewish life and customs, mixed with fabulous, multi-layered character development, make this an important novel for readers of all faiths.”

    Ellen Stanclift, MA Theology

  2. L. S. Jaszczak

    “Ms. Galyan gives her readers plenty of food for thought in the course of the book. The story and and the thoughtful way in which the author and her characters wrestle with some serious issues make Destined to Choose a worthwhile and enjoyable read.”

    L. S. Jaszczak

  3. Amy Ariel

    “Accessible to people from different backgrounds, relevant for both Jewish and non-Jewish readers, this book is indeed insightful and deceptively easy to read. It is also fun.”

    Amy Ariel, author of Friends Forever

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