help find book of short stories
May 26, 2011 5:47 AM   Subscribe

Help find me a Book of Short Stories that you could use as introductions for various talks/discussions/presentations...

A friend of mine is becoming a priest and i was trying to find him a book of short stories - short enough to be used as an introduction for a homily. Also, could be used for talks/discussions/presentations. One of my friends had one, it was really corny, but the short stories were effective to grabbing ones attention.

This is going to be a gift for him when he becomes a priest...

so i'm looking for a book with really short stories, that teach a lesson or make someone laugh and could be used to teach a lesson...
posted by fozzie33 to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The Chicken Soup for XXX (fill in the blank) books would be perfect for this. They are funny, touching, inspiring etc.
posted by maxg94 at 6:07 AM on May 26, 2011

It's been a long time since I've read any of them, so I can't remember if they're in a short story format or not, but Robery Fulghum's stuff might be a good fit. You could probably look through a few at the bookstore to see if one is more "short format" than the others.
posted by backwards guitar at 6:13 AM on May 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

Flannery O'Connor's collected works might do for you.
posted by amodelcitizen at 9:44 AM on May 26, 2011

not the chicken soup series... they are pretty meh...

flannery O'Connor's stories are too long, looking for like 1-2 page stories that can be used to start a conversation, make a room laugh, or just teach a little lesson.
posted by fozzie33 at 11:30 AM on May 26, 2011

Books of zen koans might be the sort of thing you're looking for.
posted by Fuego at 11:37 AM on May 26, 2011

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. Beautiful, simple, and plenty with which to begin a discussion. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.
posted by Specklet at 12:51 PM on May 26, 2011

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