After a period of seclusion in the forest to cure his drinking problem, Jonah the Woodchopper returns to civilization more thoughtful and wise than before. Confronted with an eclectic mix of villagers grappling with various existential troubles, Jonah finds he can use the lessons from his journey to encourage the villagers to move forward.
Though undeniably flawed, with a troubled history that includes conflicts with his father, a failed marriage, as well as alcoholism, Jonah nonetheless succeeds in inspiring those who come for him for help. Like David the orphan, Joseph the drunk, Simon the banker, and even the Village Elder himself, readers will take heart in Jonah’s unwavering positivity and endless compassion and find the universal problems and solutions presented in the book resonate deeply.
Jonah the Woodchopper is structured to extend the simple and inspirational lessons beyond the pages of the book. Every chapter ends with a personal affirmation, a summarizing message, and an exercise designed to have readers apply the lessons of the story and enhance the quality of their lives.
Written by Joshua Rubin
“A collection of heartwarming stories. For me, Jonah became a companion, holding my hand through life’s challenges. Jonah conveys his message with elegant simplicity and will transform all who read it.”
– Dov Peretz Elkins, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul
"We cannot run from society forever. "Jonah the Woodchopper" follows a man, who when spurned by his life wholly, decides to leave society for the peace of living alone. When he seeks to rejoin society, he comes with wisdom of his deep thoughts, and Joshua Robin uses a short story narrative format to tell of Jonah's encounters with many and what he learns and what he teaches. "Jonah the Woodchopper" is a riveting and insightful read, not to be overlooked."
– Midwest Book Review
"Each story is followed by a concise message that summarizes its insight, a writing exercise that, whether actually written or discussed, will help readers ingest the message, and two or three "affirmations" where readers are shown how to implement what has been delightfully taught."
– Israel Drazin
Click on the videos below to meet Jonah (starring author Joshua Rubin) and hear his words of wisdom.