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This is the most comprehensive website on the internet devoted specifically to spiritual stories. Although there is a very large collection of parables, many of the spiritual stories are written by and for people just like yourself. Contributions are welcome, so please feel free to submit your favorite spiritual story using the link at the bottom of the page. Enjoy! :)

Featured Spiritual Story:
The Apprentice Angel

One day, a little angel who wanted to be a big angel was spending some time with a more seasoned angel. They were invisibly walking down a busy city street, and the older angel said to the apprentice angel: "Would you like to hear something amazing?"

The little angel said, "I don't know," because he knew that whenever the older angel asked him things like this, he was about to receive a certain spiritual shock. The little angel finally said, "Well, all right, what is it?"
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Featured Spiritual Parable:
Where The Truth Is

"Some disciples are always asking where the truth is," said Maal-El. "So one day I decided to point in one direction, trying to show them how important it is to follow a path, and not just to think about it.

"Instead of looking in the direction I had pointed, the man who had asked the question started examining my finger, trying to...
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Spiritual Movie Review:
Cold Souls

Cold Souls 
This movie was recommended by Stephen Simon of Spiritual Cinema Circle, and I don't know how much I can share about it without revealing too much of both the plot and the essence. The main character of Cold Souls is Paul Giamatti, who is actually playing himself - and he has a mid-life crisis and in an effort to stop the pain he feels inside, he decides to have his soul extracted.

His action sheds light on what many of us might call "insanity," and forces us to ask a simple question: "Is it enough to not suffer? Or do we need joy and happiness in our lives to be fully human?" At its core, Cold Souls is a movie about the journey outwards in the search for deeper meaning in life, only to return back to our starting place, perhaps transformed if we're fortunate.

This is definitely a movie worth watching, and quite frankly, it may take a few viewings to capture the full essence of Cold Souls. One message is clear though: When we try to be somebody other than ourselves, life gets very complicated very quickly.
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Spiritual Book Review:
Heaven by Kimberly Brown Cain

  Spiritual Book: Heaven
This book is definitely the most unique spiritual book I've ever read, if for nothing else, because of the nature of the story and the unorthodox way it tackles difficult spiritual topics. I also am concerned that the people who most need to read this book won't. I also feel that the people who least need to read this book will find it entertaining, and maybe even pick up a few new insights (or at least some leads to follow)... so that's definitely a good thing.

It's a book about spirituality and God through the eyes and experience of an exotic dancer. It's about exploring Truth in its many forms and contexts. It's about tackling difficult elements of our own spiritual development in potentially uncomfortable, revealing, and rewarding ways.

I particularly enjoyed how Heaven explores our common life experiences such as judgment and compassion, our inner drives and how they sometimes lead us into situations that conflict with our values, and a topic that is near and dear to my heart, how our own sense of self-worth can either set us free or lock us into a prison of our own making.

Those are just a few topics, and the way it explores them is interesting and unique because of the context... because it's through the eyes of a "spiritual stripper." I also really appreciated the weaving in of synchronicity and interconnection into the story, which gives it both a sense of mystery and familiarity.

That said, I do have some caveats you may want to consider before picking up Heaven...

If you are offended by topics of sexuality, the use of profane language, discussion of drugs/alcohol use (or abuse), or might be resistant to honestly and intelligently exploring your own religious or spiritual faith in a way that brings you closer to God, then I highly recommend you read Heaven (and you can expect to feel uncomfortable in ways that help you grow as a person and closer to God).

If you're not offended by those things, you'll discover a fun and very different novel with a lot of heart and a wonderful exploration of Truth.
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