Once upon a time are magic words that cast a spell whether we're young or old. A good tale has a way of holding us captive. To Joel ben Izzy, a professional storyteller for twenty years, stories are not only a way of life but also a way to heal. In this altogether original book, ben Izzy takes us on a journey inside the world of stories and the lessons they teach us through their timeless wisdom.
He begins by telling us the tale of the The Beggar King, in which King Solomon loses his kingdom and is left to wander the land as a beggar. Then, ben Izzy's own tale unfolds--much like a fable--when he unexpectedly loses his voice, the very thing he needs most. No longer able to tell stories, he loses his livelihood along with his hope, until he meets his old mentor, Lenny. Through fables, folktales, and riddles, the wise but cantankerous Lenny teaches him how to see his fate in terms of a larger story and shows him the gifts that can only come from loss.
Each chapter of ben Izzy's journey begins with a tale he's collected from around the world--from The Lost Horse (China) to The Secret of Happiness (Turkey). And each one touches on universal themes-from the quest for truth to how to cope with life's disappointments. He challenges us to find the meaning in our own life stories.
Prologue: The Beggar King
Ch.1: The Lost Horse
Ch 2: The Cricket Who Jumped to the Moon
Ch 3: Optimism and Pessimism
Ch 4: The Vow of Silence
Ch 5: The Search for Truth
Ch 6: The Border Guard
Ch 7: The Appointment
Ch 8 The Wisdom of Chelm
Ch 9: Buried Treasures
Ch 10: The Strawberry
Ch 11: Hersel's Last Laugh
Ch 12: The Happy Man's Shirt
Ch 13: The Fox in the Garden
Ch 14: The Secret of Happiness
Epilogue: The Beggar King
About The Stories
Let me tell you a tale of long ago, from the old city of Jerusalem, back in the days when Solomon was king. He had reached the height of his power and was known throughout the world for his wisdom. With it, he had brought Jerusalem to a golden age. He was the happiest of men and might well have remained so, had it not been for a strange dream.
It came to him, one ...
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