In That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist Sylvia Boorstein makes a good case for the cross-fertilization of different religious traditions. Through the Buddhist practice of meditation, she found her way back to a deeper and richer Judaism. And in the true spirit of ecumenism,many of her experiences took place in Catholic monasteries.

Boorstein finds in Buddhism "a clear explanation for suffering and tools for the direct, personal realization of a peaceful mind." Throughout the book, she gives practical advice on getting free of painful anger, capitalizing on silence, and making the most of rituals. Best of all, she mines the different meanings of prayer as practice, discipline, mindfulness, and source of insight and revelation.