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BW rated

“A sound and practical morality tale”

Posted February 21, 2015 @ Amazon

Rabbi Joseph asked me to review his book “Spirit Tales One: The Wheelwork”. It’s a girl with life problems having a divine experience which empowers her to overcome the problems. I will examine Plot, Characters and Polish and then assign a grade.

PLOT
There’s a frame narrative of a grandmother telling “Spirit Tales” to her grandchildren. She makes a distinction between this and a “fairy tale” and it is of great importance to the author. The way I see it, a “spirit tale” is about God Almighty and a “fairy tale” is about lesser supernatural creatures. Both of them are about moral instruction. What follows is basically a Jewish vision quest.

There’s a neat itemization of teenage earthly problems: hanging out doing nothing, peer pressure, bullying, boy chasing, lack of interest in school, feeling empty and out of place, both parental neglect and also pressure into a given career path.

The supernatural experience that takes place in the meat of this story is well handled. It has the majesty and otherwordliness one would expect of such a realm. The advice is practical; not at all Space Whale Aesopish. It sounds like something someone could do in real life.

Ending is good. There’s a conclusion of conflict with some food for thought.

CHARACTERS
This spirit tale, like it’s fairy tale cousins, is a morality tale. Thus, you shouldn’t expect the most diverse of characters. The protagonist is an Audience Surrogate and the bullies are cardboard cutouts but all three of them serve their purpose. The same can be said of The Protagonist’s Angel Guide “Understanding”. He serves as The Protagonist’s guide to new understanding about herself and life.

POLISH
No spelling or grammar errors.

The hymns and verse and such are in three scripts, which is kinda cool.

Trickster Eric Novels gives “Spirit Tales the Wheelwork” a B

Shuli-Mendel 5_Starsrated
Posted December 2, 2014 @ Barnes & Noble
Amazing tale most suitable for young adults who are struggling to find their identity! It’s a religious book, as are all the Spirit Tales books, but very accessible. I enjoyed reading it.
Spirit Tales Spirit Tale One: The Wheelwork 5_Starsrated by international readers platform Readers’ Favorite!
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Editorial review: Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite.
In “Spirit Tales Spirit Tale One: The Wheelwork: Don’t you know you’re not alone!” by Rabbi Sipporah Joseph, teenaged Danit embarks on a journey that helps her define her identity and examines those things which determine who she is. The tale of Danit is narrated by Grandma Sasson as she teaches her grandchildren while a storm rages outside on the first day of the Feast of the Tabernacles. She calls them “Spirit Tales” rather than fairy tales, because they are stories about the great Adonai. In spite of her efforts to try to make friends, Danit was continually being bullied, much to her despair. After opening her prayer book and saying a prayer of gratitude, she is suddenly whisked away by a whirlwind which brings her to a strange place where the waters of the sea are like crystal and she is introduced to an angel named Understanding. As Danit seeks answers, Understanding walks beside her and guides her journey. Will she discover who she is and what she is all about?

Rabbi Sipporah Joseph does a superb job of illustrating a moral lesson about discovering who we really are via Grandma Sasson and her tale of Danit. You will feel like you are one of the children eagerly listening to Grandma Sasson unravel her tale as you read this wonderful work by Rabbi Joseph. The emotional attachment, mystery, and suspense that is created throughout the narration draws you into a deeper connection with the moral that is being taught. Inspiring, enlightening and warm, “Spirit Tales Spirit Tale One: The Wheelwork: Don’t you know you’re not alone!” is a profound work of great spiritual value that will change attitudes and must be shared with everyone around you.

Editorial review: Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers’ Favorite.
Grandma Sasson has some interesting and educational stories to share with her children and grandchildren.
This particular story is about Danit, a young girl who is ‘taken away’ to meet El Dio and the angel called understanding. Through her journey into a realm where God talks to her about removing negativity from her spirit and being a positive person, she learns the actual meaning of being a daughter of God. She learns that wisdom and understanding go a long way in making a huge change in life.

Rabbi Sipporah Joseph writes with strong conviction and her faith shines through in her written word. Though Spirit Tales – The Wheelwork: Don’t you know you’re not alone! is a very short and concise book, it surely packs a punch. The feeling of rejection that Danit faces at the end of the day is something we all have faced at some point of time and maybe some supernatural help would have helped us too. How lucky we all would be if we were swept away like Danit to the “crystal clear” beach, where a conversation with an angel of the Lord would help us to get a different perspective about our lives. God always looks out for us and keeps talking to us. It is us humans who do not listen and then blame God for abandoning us. Just like the wind blows, God is whispering to us all the time, we just have to believe and be strong in our faith and he will surely deliver our soul.

Editorial review: Reviewed by miss D. Donovan, Reviewer for MBR.5_Starsstar rated.
Spirit Tales Spirit Tale One: The Wheelwork is a recommendation for students of Messianic Jewish studies, and provides the first in the ‘Spirit Tales’ series of stories: this opener centering around what influences identity.

First, an introduction: its author, Messianic Rabbi (MRav) Sipporah Joseph, is a born Jew and a Jewish religious storyteller with not just a heritage to claim, but a personal faith deeply rooted in Messianic Judaism. Her stories thus center around and explore elements of Messianic Judaism using the storyteller mode as a user-friendly way of accessing deeper spiritual understanding, and are based on truth and truth and inspired by His writings. Inspired by Him whose residence is far above earth.”

The Wheelwork opens this dialogue with a story most definitely not a fairytale but a ‘spirit tale’ which reflects a dialogue with God, and begins with a prologue that sets Grandma Sasson as a family storyteller with a message for all: “The ruach blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but cannot tell from where it comes or where it goes.”
God is He, He is Ruach (Spirit) and Ruach is speaking to our ruach (spirit) revealing great mysteries, knowledge, wisdom, understanding and joy. Just like the wind blows He is whispering to us, can you hear it? When you’re quiet on the inside you might here His gentle whispering, the still small voice. Adam and Chava (or Eve) knew the sound of His voice and Presence. We need to learn again to know and recognize the Voice, Ruach, EL Dio and let Him inspire us in our daily lives.”

The opening story in the series, The Wheelwork, is set in a faraway fictional country where a big city holds citizens actively engaged in competitions, fights, and other self-serving activities. It centers upon young adult Danit, daughter of Lot and Zillah, and it happens on a typical day for a student expected to attain a university law degree. Despite her success and path on the fast track for further societal success, Danit  felt an emptiness inside herself, but couldn’t find words to describe it.”

When her parents seem to abandon her, Danit finds herself within a whirlwind of personal and spiritual revelation, transported to a strange new world somewhere between living and dying, where all things are possible: ““What is happening to me?!” Danit cried out. But at the same time she felt a peace that surpassed all understanding. She was inside the whirlwind and was taken to a place she had never known before.”

Her journey to uncover a previously-elusive understanding masked by the patterns of her goal-oriented world will change not only her life, but the lives around her; for The Wheelwork is all about the process involved in setting these forces in motion, and provides the rudiments of a healing encounter that will set the winds of spiritual change in motion for Danit – and for readers.

Understanding, faith and love are facets of life that Danit has never before realized, and they sweep her away in a tide of new found self-examination and, ultimately, understanding.

It’s rare to find a religious treatise based on Jewish Biblical teachings that hold the potential to reach out to a non-devout audience; but the storyteller form holds within it a greater power than plainer writing. All this is reinforced by a concluding section of ‘questions’ by Grandma Sasson’s young listeners which further clarify points presented in the story.

The result is a powerful vision of redemption, recovery, and spiritual awakening filled with moral, ethical and religious insights especially recommended for Jewish readers looking for Messianic parables that are both different and highly accessible. It’s deserving of five stars for its unique focus and insights, highly recommended for any who enjoy parables with Jewish roots.

 

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