When a storyteller loses his voice, he believes he’s lost
everything. In fact, he’s been given a great gift.
Once upon a time, a successful storyteller lost his voice to
throat cancer. Deprived of the instrument of his art and his livelihood, he
retreated into dark, sullen silence and depression. While searching for a
spiritual explanation, he encountered his former mentor, a cantankerous and
often drunk old man. Their meetings began a journey into the timeless wisdom of
ancient tales: of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses, buried
treasures, and ultimately the secret of happiness.
In this altogether original book, Joel ben Izzy shares his
personal account of surviving loss, gaining wisdom, and rediscovering one’s
true purpose. Weaving in tales he’s collected over the years from Sufi, Muslim,
Chinese, Jewish, Iraqi, Zen Buddhist, Italian, and Indian cultures, he passes
along the lessons he has learned. As we travel with ben Izzy from tragedy back
into light and sound, we are encouraged to see our own lives as stories, and to
open our own hearts to happiness.
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