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The Elephant Talks to God

by Dale Estey

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It's like a koan wrapped in an elephant. Except more pleasant than that. And more accessible.

These were quiet, sweet little stories about a curious elephant with a very personal relationship with his god, who appears as a cloud or a rock in a river. While I read them all in a sitting or two you could probably pick and choose your way through like some all-you-eat buffet. If you are doing that, here's where I think the bacon and sausages are (but there are few, if any, runny plates of scrambled eggs or sawdust biscuits, really):
"Love" - my favorite line from this one is:
“What the hell?” asked the cloud.”
"Jealousy" - God's reaction to the elephant's dramatic sighing is worth the price of admission for this one
"Pots O' Clay" - a lovely story about the butterflies and elephant conspiring to make pots from the clay in the river.
“I’m God,” said God. “I do know what pots are and how they are used.”

I loved the characterization of God, in Its many (2) forms, the elephant, and the elephant's jungle roommates. You could pick a worse book to center your religion around, for sure.

Excerpts From: Estey, Dale. “The Elephant Talks to God.” Goose Lane Editions, 2006. iBooks.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0864924593, Paperback)

The Elephant Talks to God is an endearing collection of whimsical tales in which a young elephant forages for answers to that age-old existential puzzle: What is the meaning of life? In this new edition of Dale Estey’s best-selling book, this pachyderm philosopher asks questions and God answers &@151 sometimes cryptically, sometimes humorously but always with love and patience. The answers unfold in a series of conversations between this humble, though occasionally impertinent, beast and the Almighty. The free-ranging exchanges between the two include contributions from popes, missionaries and various monkeys, birds and insects. This sweet, sometimes satirical, and occasionally moving story will appeal to readers of all ages. The book includes most of the original stories from the popular 1989 collection as well as many new ones. Original, fresh and unsentimental, The Elephant Talks to God belongs on the bookshelves of anyone who, just like the inquisitive elephant, has ever wondered about life, love and the true nature of happiness.

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