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The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness by Joel Ben Izzy
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Nov 08, 2010

it was amazing
Read from November 08 to 10, 2010

This is the tale of Joel Ben Izzy, a professional storyteller who loses his voice but in the process gains much, much more. It's not only his true story, but it's interwoven with Eastern European Jewish stories and the riddles of his storytelling mentor Lenny. Lenny is quite a character: a Talmudic Socrates who questions Joel, poses wisdom riddles, and helps him to see his tragedy as a blessing. Joel starts off each chapter with one of these Jewish tales, which adds to the winsomeness of this book and keeps the reader turning the pages. Even if you think Joel's story is lagging at times, you'll keep reading to get to the next chapter with its opening story. As a Christian, of course I have a different take on some things. But overall this book is full of wonders, wisdom, and an amazing story.

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