Betty Sue Flowers, “The American Dream and the Economic Myth,” as included in The Huffington Post. (Includes her description of three different stories, the hero story, the victim story, and the life has a purpose story.)
“Brother Thay: A Radio Pilgrimage with Thich Nhat Hanh.” Krista Tippett, Speaking of Faith. NPR. [transcript] http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/thichnhathanh/transcript.shtml. January 12, 2008.
Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming (New York: Doubleday, 1992), pp. 85-86. (Nouwen was a Dutch priest who wrote extensively on spirituality. Here he speaks of developing a spiritual discipline of practicing an attitude of gratitude as conscious choice throughout our lives, pp. 85-86.)
Kate Braestrup, Beginner’s Grace (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010) (Offers a prayer outline of “Look,” “Wow,” “Thank you.”)
M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987). (This is one source for the story “The Rabbi’s Gift.”)
Ram Dass and Paul Gorman, How Can I Help. (Full of wonderful stories from the helping professions, including the story of the woman who spoke after not hearing a bird sing in many years.)
Rachel Naomi Remen, My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging (New York: Riverhead Books, 2000). (Includes the story of Josh, the cancer surgeon, that includes the three questions, What surprised me today? What moved me or touched me today? What inspired me today? Pp. 116-119.
Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom (New York: Riverhead Books, 1996) (includes the story of blessings circling above our head like airplanes, awaiting clearance to land, p. 77, and observations on listening nurturing growth like the rain, p. 220.
Renita J. Weems, Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999). (Includes her ad for an angel wearing high top sneakers, pp. 51-52).
Robert Fulghum, Uh-Oh: Some Observations From Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door (New York: Villard Books, 1991). (Includes Fulghum’s story about the difference between an inconvenience and a problem, pp. 143-46.
Thich Nhat Hanh in The Miracle of Mindfulness, quoted in the online course on Thich Nhat Hanh, Spirituality and Practice, www.spiritualityandpractice.com.