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Title:
Doorways to the soul : 52 wisdom tales from around the world
Author:
Pearmain, Elisa Davy, 1954-
Publication Information:
Cleveland, Ohio : Pilgrim Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xxii, 138 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780829812862
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Doorways to the Soul is a delightful collection of inspirational and insight-filled wisdom tales, parables, and anecdotes from around the globe. Designed for meditative reading, the book presents one story per week as guide-post and food for the soul. Questions for reflection complete this valuable tool for Christian educators, parents, clergy, teachers, and speakers.


Author Notes

Elisa Davy Pearmain is a professional storyteller and adjunct professor at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Story Waterp. xxi
The Stories
1. The Monk and the Scorpion Buddhistp. 1
2. The Good Samaritan Christianp. 3
3. "That Is Good" Indiap. 5
4. Abou Ben Adhem Leigh Huntp. 8
5. Leave Your Name on the Door Middle Eastp. 10
6. Speak Only Praise Hasidicp. 12
7. The Cricket Story Contemporary North Americanp. 14
8. The Dervish in the Ditch Sufip. 16
Jesus' Purse Sufip. 16
9. How the Spider Symbol Came to the People Osage Plains Indiansp. 18
10. "This, Too, Shall Pass" The Talmudp. 20
11. The Bundle of Sticks Aesopp. 23
12. Catch the Wind Desert Fathersp. 25
Do Not Open the Door Hasidicp. 25
13. What Is Heaven, What Is Hell Zenp. 27
14. The Buried Treasure Sufip. 29
15. The Peddler of Swaffham Englandp. 32
16. God Sends a Lifeboat Contemporary North Americanp. 34
17. The Rich Man's Treasures Christianp. 36
18. The Empty Cup Zenp. 39
19. My Sins Are Running Out behind Me Desert Fathersp. 42
Casting the First Stone Christianp. 42
20. The Lion's Whisker Ethiopiap. 44
21. The Most Beautiful Song Pygmyp. 47
22. The Quail's Song Unknown Originp. 49
23. The Lost Ticket Middle Eastp. 51
24. A Mustard Seed Buddhistp. 53
25. The Castle Door An Original Talep. 56
26. Old Joe and the Carpenter North American Traditionalp. 59
27. The Sword of Wood Jewishp. 62
28. Water Not Wine Africa and Chinap. 66
29. The Father, the Son, and the Donkey Buddhist and Aesopp. 68
30. The Tree of Sorrows Jewishp. 71
31. Love Dogs Jelaluddin Rumip. 73
32. The Torn Cloak Desert Fathersp. 75
Sin Anthony de Mello, S.J. (adapted)p. 75
33. Descent into the Maelstrom Edgar Allan Poe (adapted)p. 77
34. The Difference between Heaven and Hell Japanp. 80
35. Only a Visitor Hasidicp. 82
36. The Messiah Is among Us Unknown Originp. 84
37. Survival Anthony de Mello, S.J.p. 86
38. The Wisdom of Allah Middle Eastp. 88
39. Blind Man Praying at the Wall Rabbi Abraham Twerskip. 90
"I Am Prayer" Hasidicp. 90
40. The Wild Strawberry Zenp. 92
41. The Trial of God Elie Wiesel (adapted)p. 94
42. The King and His Falcon Asia and Europep. 96
43. A Drop of Honey Burma and Thailandp. 98
44. The Lost Key Middle Eastp. 101
45. The Three Questions Zenp. 103
46. The Wounded Healer The Talmudp. 107
47. Feathers Jewishp. 109
48. The Bag of Gold Hindup. 111
49. The Legend of the Mistletoe Scandinaviap. 114
50. Jesus' Cloak Christianp. 118
51. "You're Still Carrying Her" Zenp. 121
52. The Question Hasidicp. 123
Notesp. 125
Resources on Spirituality and Storytellingp. 134
Index of Themesp. 135

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