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Days Off By Henry Van Dyke
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“A DAY OFF” said my Uncle Peter, settling down in his chair before the open wood-fire, with that air of complacent obstinacy which spreads over him when he is about to confess and expound... More > his philosophy of life, — “a day off is a day that a man takes to himself.” “You mean a day of luxurious solitude,” I said, “a stolen sweet of time, which he carries away into some hidden comer to enjoy alone, — a little-Jack Horner kind of a day?” “Not at all,” said my Uncle Peter; “solitude is a thing which a man hardly ever enjoys by himself. He may practise it from a sense of duty. Or he may take refuge in it from other things that are less tolerable. But nine times out of ten he will find that he can’t get a really good day to himself unless he shares it with some one else; if he takes it alone, it will be a heavy day, a chain-and-ball day, — anything but a day off.”< Less
The Unknown Quantity : A Book of Romance and Some Half-Told Tales (Illustrated) By Henry Van Dyke
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“There is a chain of little lakes—a necklace of lost jewels—lying in the forest that clothes the blue Laurentian Mountains in the Province of Quebec. Each of these hidden lakes has... More > its own character and therefore its own charm. One is bright and friendly, with wooded hills around it, and silver beaches, and red berries of the rowan-tree fringing the shores. Another is sombre and lonely, set in a circle of dark firs and larches, with sighing, trembling reeds along the bank. Another is only a round bowl of crystal water, the colour of an aquamarine, transparent and joyful as the sudden smile on the face of a child. Another is surrounded by fire-scarred mountains, and steep cliffs frown above it, and the shores are rough with fallen fragments of rock; it seems as if the setting of this jewel had been marred and broken in battle, but the gem itself shines tranquilly amid the ruin, and the lichens paint the rocks, and the new woods spring bright green upon the mountains.< Less
The Spirit of Christmas By Henry Van Dyke
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“The Spirit of Christmas” is a short Christmas book by American author, educator, clergyman, critic and outdoorsman Henry Van Dyke, first published in 1905. It includes a short story, two... More > essays, and two prayers for the season.< Less
Four Christmas Classics By Henry Van Dyke
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Four Classic Tales of Christmas from one of America's most gifted authors, Henry Van Dyke. Collection includes The Other Wise Man, The Sad Shepherd, The First Christmas Tree and The Mansion.
Four Christmas Classics By Henry Van Dyke
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Four Classic Tales of Christmas from one of America's most gifted authors, Henry Van Dyke. Collection includes The Other Wise Man, The Sad Shepherd, The First Christmas Tree and The Mansion.
Joy and Power By Henry van Dyke
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Three powerful messages for leaders and people who want to remain in control of their destiny and happiness. The book is a compilation of two powerful lectures delivered at the opening of the... More > Presbyterian General Assembly, May 21, 1903 and on Baccalaureate Sunday at Princeton University, June 7 of the same year. The central theme in these messages is that Jesus is the center of all truths and all other manifestations of divine light are radiations from this central point. van Dyke believes that perfection can only be achieved if man can align himself to this core truth. Each of these phrases has its own significance and value. It is when they are overemphasized and driven to extremes that they lose their truth and become catch-words of folly. The simple life which blandly ignores all care and conflict, soon becomes flabby and invertebrate, sentimental and gelatinous.< Less
Joy and Power By Henry van Dyke
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Three powerful messages for leaders and people who want to remain in control of their destiny and happiness. The book is a compilation of two powerful lectures delivered at the opening of the... More > Presbyterian General Assembly, May 21, 1903 and on Baccalaureate Sunday at Princeton University, June 7 of the same year. The central theme in these messages is that Jesus is the center of all truths and all other manifestations of divine light are radiations from this central point. van Dyke believes that perfection can only be achieved if man can align himself to this core truth. Each of these phrases has its own significance and value. It is when they are overemphasized and driven to extremes that they lose their truth and become catch-words of folly. The simple life which blandly ignores all care and conflict, soon becomes flabby and invertebrate, sentimental and gelatinous.< Less
The Story of the Other Wise Man By Henry Van Dyke
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During the time of the birth of Jesus, a fourth Wise Man, Artaban, sells all his possessions to buy three precious jewels which he hopes to present to the newborn Christ Child. Although he planned to... More > journey with the other three Magi to Bethlehem, he is delayed and fails to rendezvous with them. Artaban spends his whole life searching for the Christ, and in his search he gives away one, then two, and finally all three of his jewels to help others, but in the end his quest is fulfilled in unexpected ways. Although written more than a century ago, this is still a topical Christmas story for young and old that captures the true spirit of Christmas.< Less
Little Rivers, A Book of Essays in Profitable Idleness By Henry van Dyke
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A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own, and is as full of good fellowship as a sugar-maple is of sap. It can talk in... More > various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects, grave and gay. Under favorable circumstances it will even make a shift to sing, not in a fashion that can be reduced to notes and set down in black and white on a sheet of paper, but in a vague, refreshing manner, and to a wandering air that goes Over the hills and far away." For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river.< Less
Little Rivers, A Book of Essays in Profitable Idleness By Henry van Dyke
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A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own, and is as full of good fellowship as a sugar-maple is of sap. It can talk in... More > various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects, grave and gay. Under favorable circumstances it will even make a shift to sing, not in a fashion that can be reduced to notes and set down in black and white on a sheet of paper, but in a vague, refreshing manner, and to a wandering air that goes Over the hills and far away." For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river.< Less