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Reiser's Ramblings
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Publisher:  Reiser Relief Inc ISBN-10:  0615364780 Type: 
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268

Copyright:  June 12, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780615364780
Non-Fiction

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“Reiser’s Ramblings” is a collection of the best columns written over the past three decades by Fr. Bernard Reiser, former pastor of Epiphany Parish in Coon Rapids, Minn. In the book, find Fr. Reiser’s take on everyday topics such as family, kindness, gratitude, prayer, helping others, and staying focused on what’s important in life.

Author Fr. Bernard Reiser brings together a wonderful collection of
“ramblings” that all of us can take home and take to heart. Father is a master in the art of spiritual storytelling; he engages, entertains, and challenges with undeniable hope. He has a gift and he shares it generously in this lovely book. Included are stories with the deep conviction that our human journey and our spiritual journey are intrinsically linked. He shares observations that are sometimes so wondrously obvious and visible, and he does it in a way that feels like you’re hearing from a close friend.

It becomes clear as you page through Reiser’s Ramblings that Fr. Reiser clearly loves his vocation as a priest and delights in sharing his years of study and the fruits of his prayer with the reader. Fr. Reiser opens up the Scripture in familiar language, stories, and metaphors that are accessible to the ordinary person in the pew. How uplifting and inspiring to hear the Gospel woven with from Father’s personal life experiences!

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Something better is coming!

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with cancer and had been given three months to live. Her doctor told her to start making preparations to die (something we all should be doing all of the time), so she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what Scripture passages she would like read, and what she wanted to be wearing. The woman also told her pastor that she wanted to be buried with her favorite Bible.

Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. “There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply.

“This is very important,” the woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”



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When I was approached with the request to review this book, there was no way I could say no. ALL proceeds from the sales of 'Reiser's Ramblings' go to Reiser Relief Inc which in turn goes to relief efforts in Haiti.

To start with, you may be interested in the fact that I am not Catholic. I do, however, have a strong belief that we can learn from all religions and points of view if we keep our minds and hearts open. Father Reiser gives us lots to consider in this collection of his columns written over time. The columns are separated into six sections: Early Life and Key Influences; The Wonder of God's Creation; Our Place in God's World; Counting Our Blessings; God's Grace at Work Within Us; All Eyes on Heaven. Each column is titled and short. So we end up with a lovely book of short, easily read reminiscences and edifying stories and thoughts.

If I could offer some advise for those of you that decide to pick up this book it would be this: don't read it all at once. There is so much packed into these few pages that it requires the reader to ponder the message and meaning in each column and how, or if, it applies to each individual life. If you are one of those people who engages in daily devotionals, this book would be a lovely addition to that time in your day. Consider such topics as 'freedom is a basic right of humanity' (pg 82) and 'small annoyances can rub like sandpaper' (pg 192). There are words of wisdom on each topic and direction from a humble servant of God.

'Reiser's Ramblings' is straightforward and worthwhile. Sort of like a combination of listening to your Grandfather's stories and advise and a visit with your spiritual leader.
By Dana


Qualility Reading For A Great Cause
Reiser's Ramblings
Fr. Bernard Reiser
Reiser Relief Inc.
5 Stars

A little bit about the author as follows. Fr. Bernard Reiser was born in 1924 and was ordained into the Priesthood in 1949.In 1964 he started a parish in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids. On seventy acres of farmland Epiphany grew to become one of the largest Catholic communities in the state consisting of not only the sanctuary, but also an elementary school, A Perpetual Adoration chapel, a senior housing complex, an assistant living facility, cemetery and several outdoor shrines. As his travels around the world have taken him to the slums of China, Egypt, Mexico and to the tragedy of Port au Prince after the devastating earthquake, Fr. Reiser has since retired but still remains involved in helping the poor of the world. This book then is a tribute to them and all proceeds from the sale of Reiser's Ramblings go to The Haitian relief efforts through Reiser Relief Inc..

I know that most people like to read columns in the newspaper written by different editors and writers, so then this is what you will find in this book. Over three decades of some of the best of Fr. Reiser's columns, a spiritual journey for all to enjoy. Even though some may view the front and feel that the book is Catholic in nature, it really isn't .As he shares his growing up years , raised on the family farm and the value of family relationships, to the wonder of God's creation , to learning to count our blessings. There is something in this book for everyone, whether you be Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal or if you are not a Christian there may be one little column, one paragraph that will touch you in such a way that yes you will turn your life around and over to God.

I really enjoyed reading these little weekly columns but one of my favorites and I have seen this many times was on pg 220, "Put God first when filling up your day". This being the focal point will give us direction to our daily life.

Recommended for all ages. Would be a great book for a weekly family reading.

I would like to thank the author and Reiser's Relief Inc. for the complimentary copy . All opinions expressed here are my own thoughts of the book.
By Reviewer"Lynn"


Light compilation of columns
When I started reading Reiser's Ramblings, I half-expected it to be filled with Catholic theology and since I'm not a Catholic, I was slightly apprehensive about it. I was pleasantly surprised to find otherwise about the book. As I read, I couldn't help but think how similar the columns are to devotional aid materials such as Our Daily Bread (the well-known devotional study book). Many of the columns contain godly principals we are often taught and reminded again and again.

I loved the humor in the columns and frequently found myself smiling as I read the funnier stories. The stories was something that struck me most when I read the book. Of course, it isn't all stories. It also touches on lessons/matters such as blessings, prayer, gratitude, God's grace, and dozens of other topics. These lessons are written in such a simple manner and easy style that anyone can read and understand them.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." By Evangeline Han


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Reviewed by Dana Burgess 9/7/2011
When I was approached with the request to review this book, there was no way I could say no. ALL proceeds from the sales of 'Reiser's Ramblings' go to Reiser Relief Inc which in turn goes to relief efforts in Haiti.

To start with, you may be interested in the fact that I am not Catholic. I do, however, have a strong belief that we can learn from all religions and points of view if we keep our minds and hearts open. Father Reiser gives us lots to consider in this collection of his columns written over time. The columns are separated into six sections: Early Life and Key Influences; The Wonder of God's Creation; Our Place in God's World; Counting Our Blessings; God's Grace at Work Within Us; All Eyes on Heaven. Each column is titled and short. So we end up with a lovely book of short, easily read reminiscences and edifying stories and thoughts.

If I could offer some advise for those of you that decide to pick up this book it would be this: don't read it all at once. There is so much packed into these few pages that it requires the reader to ponder the message and meaning in each column and how, or if, it applies to each individual life. If you are one of those people who engages in daily devotionals, this book would be a lovely addition to that time in your day. Consider such topics as 'freedom is a basic right of humanity' (pg 82) and 'small annoyances can rub like sandpaper' (pg 192). There are words of wisdom on each topic and direction from a humble servant of God.

'Reiser's Ramblings' is straightforward and worthwhile. Sort of like a combination of listening to your Grandfather's stories and advise and a visit with your spiritual leader.

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