Listen. Hear your deepest longings,
trials in these ancient tales of the human
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
"A cornucopia of human connection and
understanding through the power of story. Kudos to Lorraine
DeSpain, award-winning storyteller
and syndicated columnist for the Seattle
"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
J. Caduto, author, Abraham's Bind & Other Bible Tales of
Trickery, Folly, Mercy and Love;
and coauthor, Keepers of the Earth
"Reveal[s] the universal experience of the human heart, reminding us we are not alone."
"Captures the power that tales have
for us. The themes of generosity, kindness and compassion
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."
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.