The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story

by Joel ben Izzy
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The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story by Joel ben Izzy

"Wonderful!” (Grace Paley).

“Heartwarming and smart and wonderfully written” (Detroit Free Press).

“Provides edifying advice, intimately given, like the best-selling Tuesdays with Morrie” (the Dallas Morning News).

“Altogether original” (Dr. Laura Schlessinger).

“This story will speak to the humanity of the reader” (Jewish Book World).

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is that rare, magical book—a book that tells a good story but also shows us how the tales we learned when we were children shed light on our adult lives. Joel ben Izzy had the unusual opportunity to relive those lessons when he lost his voice and reconnected with his old teacher, Lenny, a retired storyteller. Through his meetings with Lenny, Joel rediscovers the wisdom of ancient tales and takes us on a journey into a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses and buried treasures—and in the end tells us the secret of happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565128545
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 09/02/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

JOEL BEN IZZY tells stories at festivals throughout the world and has written and produced six CDs, which have won awards from the American Library Association and the Parents’ Choice Foundation. He’s been a storytelling consultant to various companies, including Hewlett-Packard, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Pixar Animation Studios. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.

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Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
JennyNoelle239 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and I recommend it to everyone. Very insirational story. I really wish they had it for the Nook so I could add it to my collection.
EY More than 1 year ago
Really amazing book that I have read in one day and reread subsequently. Gave to my friends as gifts and they loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read, but you may find yourself wanting to go back and reread it many times. It is cleverly written, with the author's own story interspersed with the wisdom of stories from around the globe. It's the best book I've read this year. My copy was a Christmas gift, but I'll be buying more copies to give away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book I'd never heard of one afternoon, and could not put it down until I had finally finished it at 2:00 a.m., I had to tell others. And I have. And, let me tell you: This is a rich book full of mystery and wisdom, and of course, best of all, the 'secret of happiness.' But, that I won't tell you. You'll have to read the book. Besides, it wouldn't do you any good if I did tell you, as ben Izzy does a much better job than I ever could.
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RMStP More than 1 year ago
It's not lengthy enough for me! didn't want to put it down. Wish everyone would read it-marvellous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good tales and its personal story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much focus on him being jewish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sat down on a cold, rainy Saturday and read the entire book in one sitting...could not put it down. I would definitely recommend to anyone who often thinks about the whys of this world.
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Ibeatthyroidcancer More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very original, creative, and emotional story. It has many short stories throughout the book which help shape the next events in the novel. A philosophical, inspirational, and motivational tale. It's Tuesdays with Morrie, but with a more in depth story and plot. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading 'The Beggar King' on a flight from San Diego to San Francisco. When the pilot announced that we were about to land, I found myself reading faster and faster. I just didn't want to put this book down! Ben Izzy is a masterful storyteller and the way he weaves ancient tales from around the world into his own personal (and authentic) story is fascinating. I found myself going from laughing out loud to getting choked up and teary-eyed, and then back to laughing out loud again. For me, that's one of the best gifts from a book like this -- bringing out our emotions and leaving us on a high. I know what I'm giving to my clients as holiday gifts this year! Definitely a great read with powerful lessons that I'll reflect upon for a long, long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Beggar King' is like no other book I've ever read. It grips you as the best suspense novels do, inspires you as only true stories can, and moves you as every story from the heart does. It is a story about what Joel ben Izzy found in his heart when he lost his voice. I have been a fan of ben Izzy's stories for many years--his tapes and CDs have traveled thousands of miles with my family and me and have entertained kids and adults in our home. This book pulls it all together. It is autobiographical, but it also is a story about stories. It is a medical suspense tale and a meditative journey. The book is unresistably easy to read. I wholeheartedly recommend it.