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The Angel and the Frog: Becoming Your Own Angel, a Spiritual Fable [Paperback]

Leo Booth , Gary Zukav
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Sept. 1 1997
The Angel and the Frog is about relationships-with fellow students in the Earth school and with nonphysical Friends...The characters in this book confront the same challenges that we face, with the same issues that we have: How to live lives of integrity while honoring the paths of others; how to see the roles that we play in the genesis of our own experiences; and how to recognize, incorporate and utilize our highest understanding.

- Gary Zukav


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About the Author

Leo Booth is a Unity Minister, a former Episcopal priest, and a recovering alcoholic. At the end of many years of heavy drinking, he was in a horrific car crash. That moment made him realize that life is too important to waste, so he checked himself into a treatment center.

Born in England, Leo came to the United States in 1981. Because of his personal experience with alcohol, he has dedicated his ministry toward recovery. His passion for helping other alcoholics and drug addicts inspired him to write Say Yes to Life, a daily meditation book that has sold more than 250,000 copies and has been republished as Say Yes to Your Life. His other titles include The Angel and the Frog, The Wisdom of Letting Go, Say Yes to Your Spirit, Say Yes to Your Sexual Healing, Spirituality & Recovery, and The Happy Heretic. He has appeared on national television shows including Oprah and Good Morning America. His spirituality articles appear in several recovery and health publications.

Leo continues counseling alcoholics and addicts in several treatment centers and presents spirituality seminars at conferences, mental health organizations, correctional facilities, and churches throughout the country. He is a certified addictions counselor and has written books on spirituality, compulsive behaviors, and sex addiction. To learn more visit www.fatherleo.com or contact him at fatherleo@fatherleo.com.

 

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Tunbridge Pond

It began as just another ordinary day. From behind the clouds, the sun attempted to attract the attention of the local residents, but with a modicum of success. The gray clouds squeezed out an occasional raindrop upon the calm pond, and Betty, Alice, and Irma, the chickens who belonged to Olde Stable Farm, could be heard arguing and shouting in the distance. The wind purred rather than blew, and Cedric the frog, the hero of this story, was sitting by the side of Tunbridge Pond looking sad and empty. His eyes just stared, the stare of boredom, the stare of nothingness. His eyes just stared—and occasionally blinked. The thrill of living had departed from this little frog, and only the shadow of existence remained.

Cedric was probably the most popular animal at Olde Stable Farm. His popularity rested in his genuine kindness. He did not have a wicked bone in his amphibian body. When the other animals had a problem, needed something done, or felt sad, Cedric appeared as the frog in shining armor.

Sure, he was known to be rather dramatic, and he often misquoted from literature or confused and mispronounced the names of famous characters in history, but putting this aside, he was loved and respected by all the resident animals. Nevertheless, as often happens in life, Cedric felt that life had become meaningless, dull, and boring. Why? He didn't know.

Cedric had just returned from a busy morning of helping some of the animals that lived at Olde Stable Farm. Betsy the pig had needed some cleaning done at the sty. Cedric often helped clean out the dirty straw and replace it with fresh straw to make up her bed.

Betsy was both huge and lazy. She rarely moved, even on cleaning day, which, incidentally, was any day that the animals took it upon themselves to clean her up. Betsy's only real interest in life was food. She lived to eat. She had become the comic character associated with pigs: an eater. A few senior residents of Olde Stable Farm remembered her as a piglet. She was the runt of the litter—skinny, ugly, and fragile. As a newborn, she had to fight her brothers and sisters to get any milk; even Rosie, her mother, seemed to have little time for poor Betsy. Her early childhood was spent fighting for food. Food had become her security blanket.

Cedric escaped his boredom and feelings of hop-lessness by dragging out the smelly straw and replacing it with fresh.

'See how beautiful your bed looks now, Betsy? I'd much rather stay here and take a nap with you than pick up the eggs from the chickens for Mrs. Ramsbottom.'

'Stop fussing, Cedric,' breathed Betsy, as she slowly awakened from her morning nap. 'Nothing pleases you more than doing jobs and errands for your friends. You know you love to deliver eggs to our revered owl. Indeed, you will use any excuse to hop over and see Mrs. Ramsbottom. It's what you like to do. She's always had a strange fascination for you.'

This sighed remark from Betsy, who was ever so lethargic in her speech, made Cedric smile.

'Well, now I'm off to get the eggs. I can hear the chickens' cluckings, so they can't be too far away. As the Greeks would say, ciao!'

As Cedric hopped over to see the chickens, he could see Chandu and Chico, the two Burmese cats, talking with Old John the mule. He couldn't help but think about Betsy's remark. He really did enjoy helping his friends at Olde Stable Farm, and he noticed that his gloom and boredom mostly came when he was alone. He didn't enjoy his own company very much. That's why he loved reading about the famous characters in history and literature: he could escape, if only for a short time, into their lives. They seemed so full of life, surrounded by adventure, the opposite of what he considered his boring existence to be. Although he'd never said this to any of the animals, he didn't really know who he was or what he needed in life to make himself happy. His happiness came in helping others.

As Cedric approached the chickens, he heard Alice remark to Betty and Irma, 'Here comes the hopping delivery frog, Mrs. Ramsbottom's pet.'

Betty and Irma clucked in agreement, their heads bobbing and darting in all directions. Cedric felt dizzy just looking at them.

'I heard that. I heard what you just said. That's a degrading remark. I'm not anybody's pet, but I do like to help. What's wrong with that? Why are you always clucking nasty things about others? Gossip, gossip, gossip. One day it will all catch up to you.' Looking at Betty and Irma, he said, 'Mark my words. Remember what the great philosopher, William Snakespit, said: 'The evil that we do lives after us; the good is buried with the seed.''

'We never said a word-word-word,' said Alice, reverberating through Betty and Irma. Betty scratched her way into the conversation, saying, 'We only said, 'Here comes the happy frog, a dear friend of Mrs. Ramsbottom.''

Irma clucked at the same time, 'The owl who knows everything!'

'If she knows everything, and she certainly seems to know most things, she will know what you really said!' Cedric blinked in amazement at the brilliance of his remark. The three chickens blinked back, not knowing what to cluck. It was a moment nobody knew how to break. Cedric and the chickens just stared at one another.

In a flash, a furry tail smashed into Alice's beak and bowled her over into the other chickens. A paw flipped the side of Cedric and threw him into the egg basket. Fortunately, he was too light to do any damage to the eggs, but he felt shaken up.

'Toby!' Cedric screamed. 'Watch where you direct that furry paw of yours. Look at the havoc you've caused!'

'Sorry, sorry,' Toby growled, 'I'm going somewhere.'

'One day I'll give that dog a piece of my mind. He's always hurrying somewhere,' said Cedric.

 ©2012. Leo Booth. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Angel and the Frog. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

 

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspired Jan. 15 2002
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Leo Booth was truly inspired when he wrote this delightful book. I read it 2 1/2 years ago at a time when I needed to see what a difference negative thoughts and attitudes can make in our lives. Difficulties, disappointments, heartaches, etc. can be overcome. I love this little book. I've read it twice and it has a permanent place in my library. I also read Zukav, Redfield, Gray, Williamson, Morrissey, Weiss, Orloff, Jampolsky, Walsh, Myss, Ford, Hartmann, etc. Although I usually prefer non-fiction, this is delightful.
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This book shouldn't be posted with Gary Zukov as an author. It is a fable, for which Gary Zukov wrote a foreward.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Frogs are nice "mentors" April 12 2000
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I really enjoyed the book. I felt connected to the characters- as if Christine had dropped into my life-pond as well. I regret that the book had to end - but one of the few books that I did finish before starting a new one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars author JOEL ROTHSCHILD says this is a great read Oct. 16 1999
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WOW this is a beautiful and read. It is very powerful. I am one of the longest living AIDS survivors in the world and this inspired me. Some of it is similar to my own book SIGNALS. You will love this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really splendid and inspiring. June 8 2000
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I truly went through some hard times before I read this. Both at school and at home. But this book sure did help me. I beleive that the gifts that the angel, the frog, the mule, the fox, the Bermese cats, the sheepdog, the hedgehog, the snail and the pig gave to each other the main spirtule gifts life always offers. Perseverance, Forgiveness, Integrity, Joy, Commitment, Patience, Acceptance, Courage, Trust and Change. The Gift that I would give to Mr. Wogglebug would be Love. There's a power in the Gift of Love when it's Love that you least expect. I think I like Cedric the frog best of all. I just love froggies. How they leap and hop and the sounds that they make. RIBBET! Ever since I learned to love the Frogman I loved froggies. I have even decided that when my puppy dies I am going to get a pet frog. And the Frogman NEEDS to read this book!
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