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Guest Post Sue (Batya) Kroopnick

If you want to know what it really feels like to live in Israel and why people stay, even when the challenges become formidable, then you should read For Better and For Worse: An Israel Odyssey –the book that captures that 'Only in Israel' feeling.
Based on real people and true events, For Better and For Worse: An Israel Odyssey shows an inside glimpse of Israel through the experiences of a new immigrant over a period of 25-years. Through inspiring, funny and thought provoking stories, the book presents a positive yet realistic perspective of what it's like to live in the Land of Israel, fall in love with the country and the people, and cope with the many struggles that come with being an Israeli.
Along with the wonders and miracles that accompany an uplifting life in the Holy Land, For Better and For Worse: An Israel Odyssey reveals the strengths and weakness of  the people, as they cope with the stresses and pressures of fighting for peace and the right to exist. While relating to some of the adjustment difficulties new immigrants have to overcome, the book also shows how, against all odds, the tiny country continues to forge ahead, with incredible development and remarkable accomplishments. 
No matter who you are or where you live, this book will open your eyes and tug at your emotions.     
Here is a synopsis of the story line:
     The moment she lands in Israel, 22-year-old Shelly Kaplan's whole life changes. For Better and For Worse is the story of Shelly's inspiring, amusing, perilous, and at times painful transformation from secular American Jew to passionate Israeli.  Shelly's newfound faith, and love for her people and country, carry her through the highs and lows of life in the Holy Land. Jump-started by childhood encounters with anti-Semitism, her powerful and moving 25-year journey through the Land of Israel reveals the beauty, magic, and spirit of Zion as she becomes deeply attached to the dynamic Jewish homeland, its rich heritage and remarkable people.
     Unforgettable characters and vivid scenes unfold, as Shelly relates her captivating adventures to a small group of women in an American rehabilitation center where she is recovering from a car accident. Her intrigued listeners follow her through her first days in Israel, her marriage to Yehuda in Jerusalem and how the two of them raise their five Sabra children with Zionist ideals in a religious settlement town in the hills of Judea and Samaria.
     New-immigrant struggles, wars, terrorism, pleas to return to the US - nothing can dim the light glowing vibrantly within Shelly. But when a horrific national crisis threatens to tear the people of Israel apart, she's tested as never before.

     Your heart will be pulled in many directions as the spirited and determined Shelly discovers herself and her new yet ancient home, as she and Israel go forward together, with ups and downs, the good and the bad... for better AND for worse.



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