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Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness

A Biblical Tale Retold
Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
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“A unique and special kind of masterpiece.” (John Banville)

This program is read by the author.

Stephen Mitchell’s gift is to breathe new life into ancient classics. In Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness, he offers us his riveting novelistic version of the biblical tale in which Jacob’s favorite son is sold into slavery and eventually becomes viceroy of Egypt. Tolstoy called it the most beautiful story in the world. What’s new here is the lyrical, witty, vivid prose, informed by a wisdom that brings fresh insight to this foundational legend of betrayal and all-embracing forgiveness. Mitchell’s retelling, which reads like a postmodern novel, interweaves the narrative with brief meditations that, with their Zen surprises, expand the narrative and illuminate its main themes.

By stepping inside the minds of Joseph and the other characters, Mitchell reanimates one of the central stories of Western culture. The engrossing tale that he has created will capture the hearts and minds of modern listeners and show them that this ancient story can still challenge, delight, and astonish.

©2019 Stephen Mitchell (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Stephen Mitchell does it again!

This is the fifth book I have read by Stephen Mitchell, and it is easily the most beautifully written of them all. A must read!

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I was skeptical

So glad I read this! Forgiveness is such a hard topic to wrap our minds around, much less activate and our lives. This story retelling hit deeper than I expected and is filled with treasures for the heart. The calming voice was a great reminder to listen close and be present with the book, loved it!

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  • Ann-Maree Mason
  • 09-29-19

A book recommendation I treasure❣

I loved the journey of this book, the appreciaton for the story telling and the message.