The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness

Joel Ben Izzy / May 26, 2020
The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is an altogether original true story about a storyteller who loses his voice and believes he s lost everything An encounter with his old teacher shows him t
  • Title: The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness
  • Author: Joel Ben Izzy
  • ISBN: 9781565125124
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is an altogether original true story about a storyteller who loses his voice and believes he s lost everything An encounter with his old teacher shows him that, in fact, he s been given a great gift Their meetings lead him on a journey into the timeless wisdom of ancient tales a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lThe Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is an altogether original true story about a storyteller who loses his voice and believes he s lost everything An encounter with his old teacher shows him that, in fact, he s been given a great gift Their meetings lead him on a journey into the timeless wisdom of ancient tales a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses and buried treasures and, ultimately, toward the secret of happiness.
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    1. This is a book that uses tales and parables in a memoir More than that, the author used his tales in the service of living his life and creating the raw material for the memoir.The idea is you need stories to live, and stories need reasons Otherwise things are just happening to you pell mell or maybe you re unmindfully living out prefab paradigms There s a theological concept here God brings order out of darkness and chaos, so imitatio dei build your story which appears most needed whenever chao [...]



    2. This book turned out to be fascinating Storyteller Joel ben Izzy tells his own story much of which is understanding that blessings can be curses and curses blessings To say much would be to spoil the story of how Joel learned what happiness is really all about In between chapters he places different cultural stories designed to teach us something I certainly learned something I really hope I get to hear him in person because as a writer he was very entertaining.


    3. I really enjoyed this short, quick read It caused me to ponder some of the questions Joel, the author had What is real happiness How do you know when you ve found it Can happiness joy be found even when facing life changing circumstances Do I have heavy luggage because I haven t shared things with family that really should be discussed Our book group discussion was good and helpful The format of the book, sharing a named story parable from another culture and following that with a chapter by the [...]



    4. 5 is too low a rating I have love for this book Listen to the audiobook as read by the author trust me on this one It s a veritable treasure chest of hidden gems in the form of story.


    5. This was a very quick book to read, and if you love storytelling you ll love it Most chapters open with a fable or story from some part of the world that relates to the coming chapter It s a memoir of sorts, telling the tale of a storyteller who lost his voice What could be worse Well, lots of things actually, but it s pretty bad for him He turns and returns to his storyteller mentor, who challenges him with hard edged questions, pushing him in ways that seem too mysterious, and occasionally too [...]


    6. I was in the Enterprise San Francisco office on October 14th and stopped into the conference room where several of our folks were talking with two guys I did not know Rich Gross who leads our team in SF, introduced me to Joel Ben Izzy, saying he was one of his heroes and how his son, now in college, grew up on the Beggar King and other stories Soon, we were telling tales and making connections totally engaged Since I was off to Santa Cruz the next week to see my wonderful granddaughters, Sadie a [...]


    7. I really liked this book mostly because I LOVE story telling I am a real fan of Timpanogos StoryTelling Festival I am wondering if Joel ben Izzy has ever been here or will be in the future.This is an auto biography BUT it is really just a collection of wonderful stories Since he is a story teller he uses stories to indicate how they affect his attitude toward the experiences of his life Really a lot of good quotes I highly recommend it especially if you love stories.


    8. I loved the author s story and I loved his use of stories to tell his own I kind of want to memorize the folktales at the beginning of each chapter to use as parlor entertainment or to teach my kids life lessons Professional storytellers have always been very fascinating to me.


    9. Very interesting story written by a Jewish storyteller I didn t know this job existed who lives in Berkley A story by a storyteller about his own story but also full of folk stories A painful part of his life.


    10. This was a great story about finding happiness in the places you least expect it He is a great storyteller I love books that really make me contemplate life and the things that are the most important.8 15 12 Just read it again Yep, still liked it 4 1 2 if I could.


    11. I enjoyed the Beggar King it reads like grown up Mitch Albom There are a lot of good lessons to learn from the author s story and those he tells throughout the book A little new age y in a couple of places but nothing overly offensive.


    12. Joel ben Izzy explores the power and meaning of story As a travelling storyteller who loses his voice, ben Izzy takes us along on his journey of discovery A wonderful, quick read interspersed with classic tales that have a direct relationship to his path.


    13. The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is the true story of Joel Ben Izzy, a storyteller who lost his voice His stories are better than his writing, but I did enjoy the fables tales peppered throughout the book and his thoughts on what storytelling means.



    14. A beautiful story of courage and passion I loved the use of Jewish humor to talk about his life It has moments of despair without not cynicism I found it touching.



    15. The author, a professional storyteller, masterfully weaves his own tale of finding happiness through telling rich and vibrant stories and fables I listened to the audio version of the book, which was read by the author Since one of the obstacles to his happiness was dealing with the loss of his voice following throat cancer, hearing him read his own story was especially poignant An inspiring read.


    16. At the start of each chapter was a little olden time story usually involving kings or cliffs I told most of them to my kids at FHE last night Little life lesson type stories The boys really liked them Then the whole real story of the guy losing the one thing he depends on This book probably deserves a second read to let it sink it .


    17. The premise is very close to home I like the original style of the book intersecting folk tales with his story My one problem that I could not get past is that the author s Yoda is actually a drink fool, and I could not see his advice as worthwhile or his insights However, it s not my story


    18. Title sounds like a novel s title, but this is a memoir about Joel ben Izzy, a storyteller who lost his voice In between each chapter is a story or tale some in the form of riddles from somewhere around the world, then we continue with the author s real life story Real life lessons, caused me to reflect about my own life.


    19. This was so great as an audiobook Ben Izzy does the reading, and It was cool to hear his voice and his story telling style The combination of stories, along with ben Izzy s own story is gently instructive, and completely enjoyable.


    20. Like Sundays with Morrie but with a younger Jewish guy who loses his voice Short and sweet The guy s wife is the real hero of the story, providing him with the means to live his professional life telling stories at bar mitzvahs and at senior citizen centers what appears to be a lovely family and middle class life style, medical insurance which saves him and sticking with him without complaint while he wallows a bit in understandable self pity after undergoing some serious medical issues Ben Izzy [...]


    21. I listened to this book highly recommended and absolutely loved it I want to get it and read it again and see if it s just as enjoyable reading it as it was listening to it He is a wonderful story teller


    22. Fascinating read I really enjoyed the stories with I n the story The views and thoughts were very deep and caused me to really contemplate however, it was a very smooth read and held my interest the entire length of the book


    23. Loved it Listened to this going to and from Orlando with someone very dear to me, and got misty eyed on many occasions If you re a sucker for a good parable or fable or fairy tale, I d highly suggest this.


    24. 3.5 5 Interesting but I feel that it would mean a lot if I was Jewish because of all the zens and Jewish stories.


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