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The Moral Compass
This companion to THE BOOK OF VIRTUES traces life's lessons from those first taught in the home to the countless choices that call virtues into play as we grow older. Offers many moral examples from great works of literature and exemplary stories from history, ranging from tales of Washington Irving to the folklore of Africa.
Paperback, 824 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
(first published October 10th 1995)
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Oct 04, 2015 Poiema rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Another winner, an excellent anthology in the same vein asThe Book of Virtues. The choice of readings is excellent, each reading is short but rich in moral import. These are pieces that form the canon of our Western heritage, stories to read, reread, and pass along to future generations. The audio version is outstanding. A great resource for Homeschoolers, or anyone who wants to brush up on wisdom literature.
I borrowed this book from the library with the intention of having "family reading time". I read the stories myself and kept a list of the stories that I thought my 13 year old daughter would be most interested in. Dang teenagers... she didn't want anything to do with it! As for myself, there were some stories I really liked and others, not so much.
I have had this book on my shelf for a long time and just started reading it the other day. Why did I wait so long? It is very enjoyable, so much so that I have shared some of the stories with my grandson. He liked them as well. This is a great resource book to share with your family. Turn off the TV and read a book (OUT LOUD)some evening. It is great fun and brings your loved ones closer.
Sep 10, 2008 Rachelle rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This book is over 800 pages and I confess I haven't reard very much of it. It is a collection of short stories gathered from all over the world from a variety of peoples and cultures. These stories are those used in different societies throughout the ages to teach morals and values. A check-out from the library is not a sufficient way to use this book. It needs to be owned. So I am adding it to my I-want-to-own-this-book-list. I actually read a few stories to my 4 year old daughter who really li ...more
This collection really got me contemplating which stories are of most worth, especially when it comes to telling them to my children. Included in the collection are "The Garden of Frost Flowers" by Francis Jenkins Olcott (great description with a lovely "disobey your parents and you will die" message; severals works of real literature, such as "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty and "The Drover's Wife" by Henry Lawson; poetry ("Opportunity"); and many good stories ("Rip Van Winkle," "The Little Girl W ...more
This book was very persuasive. It made you think about life as if you lived life in a different perspective. I have never thought as myself as a "bad" child, but reading stories that make you think as much as this, I would now consider myself a "bad" person. This book not only brought back nostalgia to early days when I would do stunts like those in this book for fun, but this book also taught me a lesson. That lesson is that you are never too old to behave well. Just because your personality ch ...more
A wonderful compilation of heroic, character building, and inspiring short stories. I began it with the thought that it would be more of an adult read, and found that it was very appropriate for children and youth as well. Therefore, it turned into a family read.
The idea of collecting stories to teach what is honorable, to show good and bad, etc has been done before -- with greater success. I wouldn't suggest this to anyone. In fact, I can't decide to give it away or throw it away.
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