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New book: Once Upon a Time in Africa: Stories of Wisdom and Joy

audio Listen to the interview with Joseph Healey the author of the new book

Compiled by Joseph G. Healey, M.M.
Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004
ISBN 1-57075-527-2.
Paperback. 144 Pages.
Price: US $15

These 86 stories come from every part of Africa and range from South Africa and Kenya in East Africa to Burkina Faso and Nigeria in West Africa. The stories are grouped under the following chapter headings: "In the Beginning," "Life," "Family," "Community," "Good Times and Bad Times," "Joy and Celebration," "Culture Matters" and "Seeds of God in African Soil."

Each chapter begins with a striking African proverb such as: When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion (Amharic proverb from Ethiopia). If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance. (Shona proverb from Zimbabwe). I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger (Sukuma proverb from Tanzania). The book has 20 black and white illustrations.

In collecting these African stories, Father Healey hopes to shed some light on your own spiritual journey. For, after all, once upon a time and for all time, the journey is one. Father Joseph Healey, M.M. is an American Maryknoll missionary priest who has worked in Kenya and Tanzania for 35 years.

To order your copy of Once Upon a Time in Africa: Stories of Wisdom and Joy go to the Orbis Books/Maryknoll Website at: The specific link is:

Charge customers call Orbis Books toll-free: 1-800-258-5838
Fax Orders: 914-941-7005

For those who want to order by postal mail contact:
Orbis Books
Box 302
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302

NOTE: It is also available on online bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.