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The Book of Courage by John Thomson Faris

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THE BOOK OF COURAGE

THE SUNRISE INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS

THE FIRST VOLUME

THE BOOK OF COURAGE

By JOHN T. FARIS

Volumes on other subjects in preparation for this series

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OTHER BOOKS

By JOHN T. FARIS

SEEING PENNSYLVANIA

Frontispiece in color, 113 illustrations and 2 maps

THE ROMANCE OF OLD PHILADELPHIA

Frontispiece in color and 101 illustrations

OLD ROADS OUT OF PHILADELPHIA

117 illustrations and a map

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By JOHN T. FARIS and THEODOOR DEBOOY

THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OUR NEW POSSESSIONS AND THE BRITISH ISLANDS

97 illustrations and five maps

THE BOOK OF COURAGE

by

JOHN T. FARIS

Author of "The Victory Life," "Making Good," "Old Roads Out of Philadelphia," "Seeing Pennsylvania," Etc.

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Philadelphia & London J. B. Lippincott Company 1920

Copyright, 1920, by J. B. Lippincott Company

Printed by J. B. Lippincott Company At the Washington Square Press Philadelphia, U. S. A.

FOREWORD

A TEACHER has told of the greatest moment of discouragement that ever came to her. At cost of great labor she had fitted up a room for the use of children, placing pictures on the walls, plants in the windows, goldfish on the table, and a canary in a cage. But the night before the day when she planned to welcome the children to the room there was a cold snap, and the janitor let the fire go out. In the morning she looked on broken radiators, frozen goldfish, drooping plants, and what she feared was a dead bird. In her despair she was about to decide that she would never make another effort to have things pleasant for the children, when the bit of fluff in the bird cage, roused from stupor by the noise made by the discouraged woman, lifted its voice in song.

That song told her that she had reached once again the point that comes to everyone, times without number, the point that separates the life of conquest from the life of defeat, the life of cowardice from the life of courage. She was at the crossroads, and she took the turning to the right. The bird's song marked for her the end of discouragement.

"I can sing, as well as the bird," she said to herself. And at once she began to make plans for her charges.

Everywhere there are people who feel that the odds are against them, that difficulties in the way are unsurmountable, that it is useless to make further effort to conquer. The author of "The Book of Courage" knows by experience how they feel, and he longs to send to them a message of cheer and death to the blues, a call to go on to the better things that wait for those who face life in the spirit of the gallant General Petain, whose watchword, "They shall not pass!" put courage into his men and hope into the hearts of millions all over the world.

"Courage!" is the call to these. "Courage" is likewise the word to those who are already struggling in the conquering spirit of Sir Walter Scott who, when both domestic calamity and financial misfortune came, said to a comforter, "The blowing off of my hat on a stormy day has given me more weariness," who called adversity "a tonic and a bracer."

The world needs courage the high courage that shows itself in a life of daily struggle and conquest, that smiles at obstacles and laughs at difficulties.

How is the needed courage to be secured? What are the springs of courage? What are some of the results of courage? These are questions "The Book of Courage" seeks to answer by telling of men and women who have become courageous.

Glorious provision has been made by the Inspirer of men for giving courage to all, no matter what their difficulties or their hardships. Among His provisions are home and friends, work and service, will and conscience, the world with all its beauty, and Himself as Companion and Friend... Continue reading book >>




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