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December 1998 Audio/Books/Movies/TV/Videos

A U D I O
The Micro-Lending Revolution (New Dimensions, 800-935-8273) includes an interview with Muhammed Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which has loaned more than $2 billion to 3 million people, 94 percent of them women, who had no other money or collateral. The aim of this program, which has been remarkably successful, is to help poor people cross over the poverty line. It is an inspiring example of how real change happens in the world.


B O O K S
Grateful Living (High Tide Press) by Dale Turner is a collection of 60 pieces from this retired Congregational minister's column in the Seattle Times. Here you will find fresh approaches to forgiveness, listening, humility and laughter. A sample: "As a tree is fertilized by its own broken branches and fallen leaves, so great souls use their own failures and convert them into useful ends."

Gold in Your Memories: Sacred Moments, Glimpses of God (Ave Maria Press) by Macrina Wiederkehr is a primer on everyday spirituality. She shows how we can mine the experiences in our past for insights and revelations.

M O V I E S
Down in the Delta (Miramax PG-13 — drug use) is a moving African American drama, directed by Maya Angelou, about the soul-stirring power of both roots and wings. When the self-destructive Loretta can't find a job in Chicago to support her children, her Christian mother sends them to Mississippi where Uncle Early runs a restaurant. This drama proclaims that every family has a potential for resilience and growth despite problems and setbacks. It also shows how family history and tradition can yield meaning and spark personal renewal.

T V
The First Christmas (Odyssey, Dec. 18, 8-8:30 p.m. ET) re-creates the story of Jesus' birth. Narrated by Christopher Plummer, this clay-animation film conveys the mystery and enchantment of the holy night.

V I D E O S
The Borrowers (PolyGram, PG) is a lively, endearing and clever screen adaptation of the beloved children's novels by Mary Norton. It depicts the interconnectedness of two different worlds, in this case a family and a group of little people who live beneath the floorboards of their house. Courtesy is celebrated as a virtue.

Rumi: Poet of the Heart (Sounds True, 800-333-9185) is a one-hour documentary about the 13th century Sufi mystic who is presently the best-selling poet in America. His translator, Coleman Barks, along with world religion expert Huston Smith, join Robert Bly and Deepak Chopra in paying tribute to Rumi's spiritual vision of life and his relationship to the Beloved.


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