Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the four hundred and ninth, is of non-fiction author Yonason Goldson. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Try to imagine a marriage between King Solomon and the Mona Lisa. Now try to imagine that Malcolm Gladwell had written Chicken Soup for the Soul. If you succeed, you’ll have some insight into the imagination of Yonason Goldson.
The former hitchhiker, circumnavigator, and newspaper columnist took the long road to the rabbinate, visiting 20 countries and 30 states before settling in Israel for nine years to study the intricacies of the Talmud and Jewish philosophy. He now lives with his wife in St. Louis, where he teaches, writes, and lectures to a variety of audiences on contemporary issues, current events, education, childraising, history, and spiritual growth.
Graduating from the University of California with a degree in English and no plan for the future, Yonason took off on a hitchhiking adventure across the United States. He ended up in Key West, working for a company that transported boats seized by the Coast Guard for drug trafficking to the customs docks in northern Florida.
His travels eventually led him to the other side of the Atlantic to backpack across Europe before making his way to Israel, where he rediscovered the ancient wisdom of his Jewish heritage. Since receiving his rabbinic ordination, he taught high school first in Budapest, Hungary, then in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently in St. Louis, Missouri.
Yonason began his writing career as an irregular columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, then branched out to a variety of Jewish and secular journals. He has published hundreds of articles and three books, with his fourth due out in July, 2015 — Proverbial Beauty: Secrets for success and happiness from the wisdom of the ages. Midwest Book Review says that, “Real definitions of love and happiness are provided in a blend of proverbs and analysis that will delight those thinkers who want a lively discourse of possibilities and alternative visions.”
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