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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 Roller Coaster of Life

I think I rode one of the scariest roller-coasters possible when my infant son was diagnosed with terminal leukemia.

The heavy handed specialist gave us no hope at all. There was nothing they could do, he informed us. He thought John had a year at the outside.

I went home and in a kind of timeless pause where the infinite and the material meet, I decided...
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Featured Spiritual Parable:
God and the Spider

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he...
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Spiritual Movie Review:
What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come 
Although I watched this movie years ago and liked it, I never really understood it until watching it again recently. Although the movie starts off on a dark note, it manages to carry a pretty upbeat (and often playful) tone for much of the movie. Robin Williams plays his role perfectly, ranging from the emotional states of a loving father to embracing his childlike wonder and joy as he explores the new world of his afterlife. Speaking of the afterlife, Williams' guide is Cuba Gooding Jr. - who also perfectly embodies the role and helps really bring to life many of the deeper messages in this movie.

Speaking of which, there are a lot of very subtle yet powerful spiritual messages in this movie about living in the present, being connected to others, what is possible, and how our imaginations and realities might be more linked than we realize (To name a few). Some of those messages can be easily missed in the dialogue, especially when the relevance of a single word such as "feel" can change the entire context of a conversation, so make sure you are paying attention closely - especially when Cuba Gooding Jr. is talking.

This movie is not without its dark points, however. With so much hardship in the plot, the movie would be incomplete without including not just the highs of human experience, but also the lows. Some scenes may be disturbing to young children, so you may want to watch it on your own before considering whether or not to share it with younger children.

Without giving too much of the plot away, what I will say is that this is a movie with more than meets the eye.

Oh, and if you are watching it on DVD - definitely be sure to check out the alternate ending in the special features. In my opinion, it is much better than the final ending they used in the theatrical version. The alternate ending is both more powerful, and also much more aligned with the themes and content in the movie.

If I had one word to describe the alternate ending, it would be "riveting." The alternate ending isn't your typical 'Hollywood' ending though, which is probably why it wasn't used in the final version.
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Spiritual Book Review:
The Wave by Leah Chelius

  Spiritual Book: The Wave
The Wave is as much a children's story as a clear message to teens and adults that there is usually more to life than we see with our limited vision. It also helps plant an early seed in childrens' minds that spirituality isn't just something we seek or find, but rather, it's a part of us all the time and every place -- all we need to is become aware. This book is probably better suited for older children, perhaps ages 5-10, due to its more mature and deeper content.

The Wave also makes an excellent coffee table book since the pages are large and the illustrations have a very panoramic feel to them. I also find it difficult to write a review for a children's story because children's books are short already, which means that if I write much more than my review will be nearly as long as the book itself!

My recommendation is to check out the website and see for yourself the delights in this book, and then pick up a copy for your kids or as a gift for people you know who have kids.
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"The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it."
- Bayazid Bistami
 
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