Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp

Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp

by Ben Behunin


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Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp by Ben Behunin

In a town with a name like Niederbipp, you might expect the townsfolk to be a little quirky. And you'd be right. But for Jake Kimball, if the timing and circumstances were different, this would be a dream come true. As it is, he's afraid he agreed too hastily to spend the summer working his way through the mess Isaac Bingham, the old potter-God rest his soul-left behind.

As Jake begins his work in the old studio, he becomes aware of a unique collection of mugs hanging from an overhead beam. When friends of the old potter stop by to sip peppermint tea from these mugs and tell their stories, Jake begins to understand the remarkable man he has come to replace. With the help of his new friend, Amy, Jake pieces together the secrets of life Isaac lived by and shares with all who knew him.

Remembering Isaac celebrates the art of creation, the ancient wisdom of a humble craftsman, the euphoria of love, and the joys found through understanding and making the most of reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615276069
Publisher: Abendmahl Press
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Pages: 453
Sales rank: 647,868
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Hi there! I am Benjamin Aaron Behunin, but my friends just call me Ben.

I was born at a very early age in a big hospital located at an elevation over 4,500 feet above sea level, back in 1973. My mom tells me it all happened on the third floor of the aforementioned hospital, but I honestly don’t remember much about it.

I am the oldest of eight children. My siblings all remember falling asleep to my stories under star-lit skies as we slept-out in the backyard. Despite all my practice in those early days, I never once considered writing a book until 1998 when the people of Niederbipp began dropping into my studio to visit. It seems they were looking for a loose cannon, and I fit their criteria.

I’ve lived most of my life in the Mountain West, but I also lived in the Midwest, in the South, on an exotic island in the Pacific, and in three European countries. Sometimes I pretend I was running from the CIA, but the reality is I was in search of good cheese. In recent years, I have learned that I stem from a long line of storytellers—my people having wandered out of Switzerland, Germany, France, Israel, Ireland, and Russia. In dog lingo, that would make me a mutt.

I first discovered clay as a high school freshman—taking the class in hopes of earning an ‘easy A.’ It was neither easy, nor was it an ‘A.’ But time and persistence have a way of making you into something more than what you naturally are. That was more than twenty years ago, thirteen of which have provided a living for me and my family. There is something magical about following your passions—in the process, my life has been shaped and molded into something much different, but much better than I ever could have imagined.

I first visited Niederbipp in 1994 and considered naming my first child after the town. My wife did not agree. Isaac, my son, and his little sister, Eve, often express their gratitude to me for marrying such a practical woman. Geographically, my studio is a long way from Niederbipp, but when I sit at my wheel and make my mudpies, I find myself wandering the streets of that quaint little town, and I am inspired by the things I learn and people who help me remember.

When I am not making pots or pretending to be a writer, I like to eat exotic cheeses, listen to bluegrass music and the hike in the mountains near our home with my family.

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Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Honeysue More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with wise insights. The uniqueness of the sketchbook format makes it also lots of fun to turn the pages. Go ahead, take some time and visit a place that just makes you feel good.
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Love the book!
smitten4gracie More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I am a 60+ grandma, and this book reinforced so many things I have learned about my own spiritual and emotional journey through life. I can't wait for the next two books to show up for my Nook.
cbracken More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story that takes its time and drew me in with the peaceful setting. While reading, I wanted to make pottery and have a craft that could be such a joyful drive to my life. I wanted to have a shop where people would drop in and tell me stories of their past lives and current dreams. I wanted to be an artist like Jake and Amy. The doodling that fit with the story was a really fun 'touch' to the book; yet the unrelated drawings were distracting. I loved the thumbnail movie as I read along and think the cover is perfect. This reads fast but is quite large (450+pages). Ben Behunin came to our book club and told us of his journey to becoming a potter and the inspiration he received to bring him to write this series. It was a wonderful presentation filled with truth and examples of God's mercy and miracles in our modern day. I think anyone with a book club would benefit from the experience. He also had his pottery and books available to buy. The books were discounted too. Enjoy this trilogy and spread the word!
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