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Librivox: With Christ in the School of Prayer by Murray, Andrew show

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It is under a deep impression that the place and power of prayer in the Christian life is too little understood, that this book has been written. I feel sure that as long as we look on prayer chiefly as the means of maintaining our own Christian life, we shall not know fully what it is meant to be. But when we learn to regard it as the highest part of the work entrusted to us, the root and strength of all other work, we shall see that there is nothing that we so need to study and practise as the art of praying aright. ... the Father waits to hear every prayer of faith, to give us whatsoever we will, and whatsoever we ask in Jesus’ name. (Andrew Murray, quoted from the Preface of this book)

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1862 Anna Leonowens accepted an offer made by the Siamese consul in Singapore, Tan Kim Ching, to teach the wives and children of Mongkut, king of Siam. The king wished to give his 39 wives and concubines and 82 children a modern Western education on scientific secular lines, which earlier missionaries' wives had not provided. Leonowens sent her daughter Avis to school in England, and took her son Louis with her to Bangkok. She succeeded Dan Beach Bradley, an American missionary, as teacher to the Siamese court. Leonowens served at court until 1867, a period of nearly six years, first as a teacher and later as language secretary for the king. Although her position carried great respect and even a degree of political influence, she did not find the terms and conditions of her employment to her satisfaction, and came to be regarded by the king himself as a rather difficult woman. In 1868 Leonowens was on leave for her health in England and had been negotiating a return to the court on better terms when Mongkut fell ill and died. The king mentioned Leonowens and her son in his will, though they did not receive the legacy. The new monarch, fifteen-year-old Chulalongkorn, who succeeded his father, wrote Leonowens a warm letter of thanks for her services. By 1869 Leonowens was in New York, and began contributing travel articles to a Boston journal, Atlantic Monthly, including 'The Favorite of the Harem', reviewed by the New York Times as 'an Eastern love story, having apparently a strong basis of truth'.She expanded her articles into two volumes of memoirs, beginning with The English Governess at the Siamese Court (1870), which earned her immediate fame but also brought charges of sensationalism. In her writing she casts a critical eye over court life; the account is not always a flattering one, and has become the subject of controversy in Thailand; she has also been accused of exaggerating her influence with the king.”

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Librivox: Short Science Fiction Collection 012 by Various show

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Science fiction (abbreviated SF or sci-fi with varying punctuation and case) is a broad genre of fiction that often involves sociological and technical speculations based on current or future science or technology. This is a reader-selected collection of short stories that entered the US public domain when their copyright was not renewed. Summary by Cori Samuel, with Wikipedia input.

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Librivox: String of Pearls, The by Unknown show

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The tale of Sweeney Todd has had many incarnations, most famously the stage and movie musical by Stephen Sondheim. But it all started in 1846 with a serialized telling of the story titled “The String of Pearls” in the weekly magazine “The People's Periodical and Family Library”. Called by some a romance, by others a horror story, it is one of the earliest murder mysteries. In “The String of Pearls”, Sweeney Todd is less sympathetic than in some of his later incarnations – a perfect villain, totally self-seeking with no redeeming qualities. How the deeds of Todd are uncovered and how he is brought to justice make a most intriguing tale, but one probably not suited for the very young and certainly not for the squeamish. (Summary by John Lieder).

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Librivox: Sammlung kurzer deutscher Prosa 006 by Various show

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Diese Sammlung umfasst jede Art von deutschsprachigen Texten aller Genres, egal ob Fiktion, Non-Fiktion oder Lyrik. In dieser Sammlung finden sich: 01. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832): Die Sängerin Antonelli. "Aus 'Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten'. Nach dem Tod ihres Geliebten wird die Sängerin von einem Spuk verfolgt." 02. Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893): Der Blinde. "Ein typisches Beispiel der unübertroffenen menschlichen Nächstenliebe: Maupassant beschreibt die Erinnerung an das traurige Martyrium eines Blinden der, da nicht arbeitsfähig - also nutzlos, von der Gesellschaft ausgestoßen und misshandelt wird." 03. Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935): Der Loew' ist los. "Der Löwe Wüstenkönig versetzt Berlin in Angst und Schrecken. Die Ordnung gerät schnell durcheinander, einige wissen die Situation auszunutzen, während Militär und Politik drastische Mittel einsetzen, um den gelangweilten Löwen in Schach zu halten." 04. Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935): Das Elternhaus. "Eine kurze Satire, die uns im Zoo durch verschiedene Elterngattungen führt und uns etwas über Erziehung beibringt." 05. Kurd Lasswitz (1848-1910): Die entflohene Blume. "Kurd Lasswitz verarbeitet in dieser Kurzgeschichte zwei seiner Lieblingsthemen: Das Leben auf dem Mars (siehe auch "Auf zwei Planten") und die Pflanzenseele (siehe auch "Sternentau - Die Pflanze vom Neptunsmond")." 06. Georg Queri (1879-1919): Das Kriegstagebuch. "Über den Versuch, ein Tagebuch zu führen." 07. Wilhelm Hauff (1802-1827): Satans Besuch bei Herrn von Goethe. "Auszug aus 'Mittheilungen aus den Memoiren des Satan'. Was Satan von Goethes Mephistopheles hält und was er bei einem Besuch im Hause des Dichters erlebt." 08. Eduard Mörike (1804-1875): Spuk im Pfarrhaus zu Cleversulzbach. "Mörike berichtet von seinen Erlebnissen in dem Pfarrhaus, das er von 1834-1843 als Pfarrer bewohnte." 09. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926): Wie der Verrat nach Russland kam. "Ein Märchen." 10. Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935): Vorsätze: "Über gute Vorsätze und was daraus wird." Summary by Didier, Markus Wachenheim, Hokuspokus, Wassermann

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Librivox: Lettres de mon moulin by Daudet, Alphonse show

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Contes de Provence, d'Algérie et de Corse. (par Naf)

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Librivox: Grey Woman, The by Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn show

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A "Bluebeard" story in which a young woman marries a man whom she discovers has killed his previous wives and is trying to kill her as well. (Summary by Jane Greensmith)

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Librivox: Over the Top by Empey, Arthur show

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Arthur Guy Empey was an American who responded to the sinking of the Lusitania by enlisting with the British Army to fight in France. His experiences in the trenches, including his ultimate wounding and convalescence, became this book. When published in 1917, it was a major hit and helped the recruiting effort when America entered the Great War. If you've heard of the horror of trench warfare in WWI and want to see it from below dirt level, Empey offers it all here. Also included is Empey's popular "Tommy's Dictionary of the Trenches" which humorously demistifies the slang used by the British soldier. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

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Librivox: Multilingual Poetry Collection 010 by Various show

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In LibriVox’s Multilingual Poetry Collection, LibriVox volunteers read their favourite public-domain poems in languages other than English (or in specific regional accents in English). (Summary by David Barnes).

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Librivox: Boys Life of Mark Twain, The by Paine, Albert Bigelow show

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Albert Bigelow Paine was Samuel Langhorne Clemens' (Mark Twain's) biographer. He lived with Twain, collecting ideas and material for a biography, for a few years before Twain's death in 1910. Six years later Paine published this "story of a man who made the world laugh and love him". For those who have read or listened to Mark Twain's works, Paine's work is an invaluable resource to better understand Twain, the stories behind his stories and his life with those he loved and with whom he worked. (Summary by John Greenman)

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