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Wisdom in the Telling

Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

6 x 9, 192 pp, Hardcover
978-1-59473-185-3

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Listen. Hear your deepest longings, triumphs and
trials in these ancient tales of the human experience.
Journey through these fascinating stories and you will see how myths and tales retold from many cultures bring universal themes from love and life, fears and foibles, straight into your heart.
From the learned housekeeper who imparts her wisdom on the importance of listening, to a juggler who shows that gifts from the heart are truly the best of all, these stories offer timeless insight and inspiration. They will allow you to connect with the strength and value of your own myths and tales.
Drawn from many cultures and faith traditions—including Irish, Scottish, English, European, Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern—each retelling illustrates the healing and powerful connection that stretches across the globe and unites us all in an embrace of wisdom through words. You will see your own struggles and successes mirrored in the lives of the characters contained in these pages: As you travel through their stories, you will hear a gentle voice urging you to tap into your own endless power and potential.
"A cornucopia of human connection and understanding through the power of story. Kudos to Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi!"
Pleasant DeSpain, award-winning storyteller and syndicated columnist for the Seattle Times
"Talking flames, Mount Olympus and miracles—a treasure chest of riches for the human heart. These traditional tales bear the gifts of truth and compassion and inspire us to act from the place of our better angels."
Michael J. Caduto, author, Abraham's Bind & Other Bible Tales of Trickery, Folly, Mercy and Love; and coauthor, Keepers of the Earth series
"Reveal[s] the universal experience of the human heart, reminding us we are not alone."
Mennonite
"Captures the power that tales have for us. The themes of generosity, kindness and compassion resonate deep."
Marni Gillard, author, Storyteller, Storyteacher
"Spellbinding.—Brings a keen intelligence, a deep appreciation and an obvious wealth of professional experience to this collection. [She] opens our eyes to the common human heritage of all the world's people as well as to our own personal humanity."
Jack Maguire, author, Creative Storytelling and The Power of Personal Storytelling
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi has been telling stories professionally for over a decade. She teaches workshops on the art of storytelling, performs in a variety of venues nationwide, and is cofounder of the Dutchess Interfaith Story Circle.
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