Monday, December 8, 2008
The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness by Joel ben Izzy
Name: The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness
Author: Joel ben Izzy
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Reviewer: Karen Pellett
Premise (be brief): - Once upon a time there was a story-teller who traveled the globe collecting and telling stories that had been passed down for generations. Though the tales he told held great wisdom, he failed to grasp their true meaning until the day he lost the power to tell them. This is the true story of that man -- who finds happiness just when he thinks he has lost everything. In this surprising and altogether original book, Joel ben Izzy takes us on a journey into a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses and buried treasure. (King County Library)
Opinions: This book is intriguing and thought provoking in the best sense. It is a non-fiction story filled with fictional tales. Joel ben Izzy learns how to overcome the struggle of losing his voice to throat cancer by reviewing the tales he told for decades to find within them a deeper meaning that helped to heal his heart and soul. I highly recommend this as a fabulous read to anyone willing to give it a try.