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Note: Books such as Donin's To Be A Jew and To Pray As A Jew are also a good place to start Teshuvah. You'll also find good information in the Jewish Catalog series, especially the 2nd and 3rd volumes. Quoting from the "Guide to Baalei Teshuvah" in the 2nd volume of the Jewish Catalog: "Jewish tradition places an emphasis on the role of belief and allegiance. Thus the baal teshuvah--master of repentance; one who turns--often begins his/her trek back to an effective and gratifying Jewish consciousness through the renewed acceptance of neglected observances and symbols".

Dubner, Stephen J. Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family. Bard Books; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-380729-30-X.
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Firestone, Tirzah. With Roots in Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith. Dutton Books; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-525943-69-2.
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Greenberg, Richard; Greenberg, Rick. Pathways: Jews Who Return. Jason Aronson, 1997. Paperback. 312 pages. ISBN 1-568219-90-3.
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Kahane, Meir. Why Be Jewish? Intermarriage, Assimilation and Alienation. Stein & Day Pub; 1983. Paperback. ISBN 0-812861-29-9.
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Kaufman, Debra Renee. Rachel's Daughters: Newly Orthodox Jewish Women. Rutgers Univ Press; 1991. Paperback. ISBN 0-813516-38-2.
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Kling, Simcha; Perkins, Carl M. Embracing Judaism. Rabbinical Assembly; 2nd Rev edition (December 30, 1999). ISBN: 0916219151
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Klinghoffer, David. Lord Will Gather Me in: My Journey to Jewish Orthodoxy. Free Press; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-684823-41-1.
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Lefkowitz, A. From Fear To Eternity. Israel Book Shop; (July 2002) ISBN: 1931681236 [This book recounts the authors journey in his becoming observant. The 10 Steps are organized into easy to understand answers applicable to every Jew such as: Learn about your religion; Get yourself a Rebbe; Develop a relationship with G-d; and Be a Mensch, etc.].
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Orsborn, Carol. Return from Exile: One Woman's Journey Back to Judaism. Continuum Pub Group; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-826411-02-9.
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Steinsaltz, [Rabbi] Adin. Teshuvah: A Guide for the Newly Observant Jew. Jerusalem: The Domino Press, 1982. The Free Press, 1987. Jason Aronson (Hardcover); 1997; ISBN 0-765759-50-0.
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Tatz, Akiva. Anatomy of a Search: Personal Drama in the Teshuva Revolution. Mesorah Publications Ltd.; 1987. Paperback. ISBN 0-899065-51-1.
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