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Personally, I lack the belief gene, which is why I can scarcely believe my good fortune in claiming Stephen Mitchell as a friend. His translations of the Tao, Genesis, Rilke's Duino Elegies (to name but a few) are characterized by language so beautiful yet simple and clear, it inspires even in me the belief that I'm reading the work's original, authentic voice. His novels include The Frog Prince, an enchanting and profound illumination of what it means to engage in a loving relationship. His latest children's book, The Wishing Bone, is cotton-brain-candy. Oh, and that's not even mentioning Loving What Is, a book that details the life/work/practice of Stephen's wife and (in this case) co-author, Byron Katie.

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Author Stephen Mitchell says, "Crackpot? Your theory seems entirely reasonable to me. As a matter of fact, the Tao Te Ching elucidates it perfectly in its 42nd chapter." Read on