I've been killing myself looking for a particularly lovely Hasidic tale -- two of them, in fact -- that I want to use in upcoming sermons. Since hundreds of my books are lined up in the hall right now (we got three gorgeous new bookshelves for the parsonage today, but I can't re-shelve until they're braced against the wall) I sat myself down on the floor just bound and determined to find the stories.
I found them both in Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.
Like winning Lotto, I tell ya!
I did the little "found-my-story"preacher dance, which is like a cross between a football player just making a touch-down and Molly Shannon doing Mary Katherine's superstar! routine.
That book's a jim dandy for great stories.
Also a favorite is Soul Food, edited by Jack Kornfeld.
I found my storieees, I found my stooories, I finally go-ot 'em, I finally
go-ot 'em, I got a ice cream I got a ice cream and you don't GOT one and you don't GOT one