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Coffee Break Collection 002 – Faith

This is a collection of short (15 minute or less readings) works in English suitable for a coffee break at work or a short commuter ride. The theme for this collection is Multi-Faith in various genres.(Summary by BellonaTimes)

The Fairy of the Snows

Have you seen a human fairy? Meet Alice Morrow, the dainty fairy of the snows, who will dance her way right into your heart! Get ready to laugh and cry as you follow the antics and trials of the Morrow family, living in early 20th Century Cincinnati. (Introduction by A.E.)

The Country Parson: His Character and Rule of Life

George Herbert was an English poet, orator, and priest. In The Country Parson he describes the roles of the priest and offers practice advice to English clergymen about how to fulfill their duties. – Summary by Karen Clausen-Brown

A Crown for Joanna

She was born a princess, heir to her father?s kingdom of Portugal, and she might at will have reigned from almost any throne in Europe. But instead of this, she made what to her world seemed a thoroughly mad choice ? for she chose to have a throne in heaven. Today those scepters are dust which she would not accept, and as Blessed Joanna of Portugal she possesses a throne imperishable? This children?s biography of Blessed Joanna of Portugal was written by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, a Catholic Dominican Nun. The author is probably best known for her exquisitely intricate paper cutting silhouettes, with which she illustrated her books. (Introduction from the original book and by Maria Therese)

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible, used by Latter Day Saints. It is a record of God?s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. The book was written by ancient prophets through the spirit of prophecy and revelation. It gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C., and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians. The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after his resurrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come. (Summary by Elaine Webb)

The Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch, is an ancient, non-canonical Jewish work. Estimates vary on the actual dates of authorship. However, Enoch was alive during the Antediluvian period as recorded in the Hebrew Bible. Fragments of the text, were discovered in cave 4 of the Qumran caves in 1948. Enoch, born in the 7th generation from Adam, was the grandfather of Noah. Enoch prophesied concerning the judgments on mankind (Jude 14-15 & Enoch 1:9). Enoch says his prophetic words were not for his generation but for a ?generation of elect and righteous people far in the future that would be living in the day of tribulation when all the wicked and godless are to be removed.? (Enoch 1:1). He compiled his visions and prophecies into a book of parables and passed the secrets on to Noah (The book of Enoch 68:1). Among the secrets passed down, Enoch gives a more detailed accounting of the relationship between the fallen angels (watchers) and the daughters of men in Genesis 6:2-4. He reveals the secrets of the luminaries and the weather and concludes with a prophesy concerning the condition of man and purging of the evil on earth. – Summary by CJ Plogue

Angel Food: Little Talks to Little Folks

?Angel Food? consists of a series of short sermons for children on the truths of the Catholic Faith ? but told with engaging stories, in a style and simple language that children can understand. The author was a parish priest in New York for many years during the mid 1900?s. He was the author of several books for children, the most well known being the books in what is considered the ?Angel Food? series. (Summary by Maria Therese)

Angel Food Time: Little Talks to Little Folks

This is the sixth and final volume of the “Angel Food” Series by Father Brennan. This volume consists of 28 charming selections with titles such as “Six Red Roses”, “The Three Little Angels”, “A Surprise From Santa Claus” and “The Boy Who Dusted the Devil’s Tail”. (Summary by Maria Therese)

Angel Food For Jack and Jill: Little Talks to Little Folks

This is book five of the ?Angel Food? series by the author. It consists of a series of 28 short sermons for children, in the form of a charming story. The author was a Catholic parish priest in New York for many years during the mid 1900?s. He was the author of several books for children, the most well known being the books in what is considered the ?Angel Food? series. (Summary by Maria Therese)

All These Things Added

In seeking for pleasures here and rewards hereafter men have destroyed (in their hearts) the Temple of Righteousness, and have wandered from the Kingdom of Heaven. By ceasing to seek for earthly pleasures and heavenly rewards, the Temple of Righteousness is restored and the Kingdom of Heaven is found. This truth is for those who are ready to receive it; and this book also is for those whose souls have been prepared for the acceptance of its teaching. (James Allen)

According to Promise, or The Lord?s Method of Dealing with His Chosen People

Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (19 June 1834 ? 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher and is still known today as the “Prince of Preachers”. He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day. In his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10 million people, often up to ten times each week at different places. In this series of devotionals, he challenges each of us to examine our own heart to make sure our faith is solidly grounded, to count the cost, and to experience the promise of grace. ?It would be very difficult to say how far a man may go in religion, and yet die in his sins; how much he may look like an heir of heaven, and yet be a child of wrath. Many unconverted men have a belief which is similar to faith, and yet it is not true faith. The life of God within the soul creates an infinite difference between the man who has it and the man who has it not; and the point is, to make sure that we have this life. I desire to help my reader in the business of self-examination. I would have him go further than examination, and attain to such abundance of grace that his holy and happy state shall become a witness to himself. No man can lose by honestly searching his own heart.? (Summary by WYSIWYG, MaryAnn and Charles Spurgeon)

Favorite Prayers Collection 1 (Pluralistic and Multilingual)

A collection of readers’ favorite prayers from various faith traditions. – Summary by Kevin

Soren Kierkegaard, Various Readings

The writings listed here represent books about Soren Kierkegaard. A fragment of his work, On the Dedication to “That Single Individual”, has made it to the public domain. Who was Soren Kierkegaard? He was a Danish philosopher and religious author; b. Copenhagen May 6, 1813; d. there Nov. 11, 1855. His father, Michael, a clothing merchant, once cursed God when he was young. This one incident caused him so much distress that it affected him with a deep melancholy, which he transferred to poor Soren. Michael was an evil man. He tricked Soren into thinking that the whole world existed in his own living room by taking him for imaginary walks about the neighborhood, or anywhere Soren wanted to go, as long as it existed in his imagination only. Later in life, when Soren was on his own, he rarely left Copenhagen, but he did walk about the streets and greet passersby, discussing events of the day. After 6 years of ?splendid inactivity? he obtained his degree in Theology from the University of Copenhagen with the submission of his thesis paper in 1841, On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates. Just before graduation he fell in love with Regine Olsen and proposed that they marry. She accepted, but Soren was unable to live up to the requirements of marriage and broke off the engagement after a short period. He lived a life of despair afterward. His father, Regine, and Socrates were the major influences in his life. So say all the authors in the following readings, but I disagree. Soren considered a variety of callings, he could be philosopher, a scientist, or a preacher, but he ultimately decided that Christianity was his interest. He wondered if J. P. Mynster, bishop of Zealand and head of the National Church of Denmark, was preaching true Christianity or not. He decided at this point that his ?task is a Socratic task, to revise the conception of what it means to be a Christian?. He was interested only in the ?How? of Christianity, not the ?What? of Christianity. He became an author, an author who was always ?in the process of becoming? what he would be. He became many authors, Victor Eremita, Johannes de Silentio, Johannes Climacus, Vigilius Haufniensis, Nicolaus Notabene, Hilarius Bookbinder, Frater Taciturnus, and Soren Kierkegaard. All of them wrote books between the years 1843 and 1855. He used his imagination to create each author as an existing individual Human being, one who exists, ?between the esthetic and the ethical? where ?the esthetic is existing; the ethicist is struggling against the religious?, as one ?aware of the religious-and the leap? of faith, one ?who ordinarily despairs of nothing, despairs of repetition?, one who has ?used a love affair in relation to what it means to exist?, one who believed ?that in relation to God we are always in the wrong,? one who cries to God ?I cannot understand you, but I will love you? one who as “the ethicist, in despair, has chosen himself out of terror of having himself” and finally as one who said ?that truth is objectively a paradox shows precisely that subjectivity is truth? so ?Only truth that builds up is truth for you?. The authors are all in agreement that Soren’s father, Regine, and Socrates were influential in his life. None of them were able to state that Jesus Christ had any influence upon him at all. Soren Kierkegaard said, “God is not like a king in a predicament, who says to the highly trusted Minister of the Interior, ?You must do everything, you must create the atmosphere for our proposal and win public opinion to our side.? “But in relation to God, there are no secret instruction for a human being any more than there are any backstairs. Even the most eminent genius who comes to give a report had best come in fear and trembling, for God is not hard pressed for geniuses. He can create a few legion of them if needed.” God wants each individual to examine to judge and to decide. http://www.archive.org/details/forselfexaminati011847mbp Here is a link t

Stories Worth Rereading

A collection of short stories about many people. Some being tested, some being rewarded, all worth rereading! Many of them are the type to build character and inspire the readers to become men and women for God. They include various missionary, home and school stories. Numerous poems are also found sprinkled through this book. (Summary by Trotsa)