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Reiser's Ramblings: A Collection of Columns by Founding Pastor of Epiphany Parish Coon Rapids, Minnesota

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All profits from the sale of Reiser's Ramblings go to Haitian relief efforts sponsored by Reiser Relief Inc.

"Reiser's Ramblings" is a collection of daily/weekly meditations/devotions ~ daily reflections from the best columns written over the past three decades by Fr. Bernard Reiser, former pastor of Epiphany Parish in Coon Rapids, Minn.

From farm living to an eternity in Heaven, Fr. Reiser brings together a wonderful collection of Christian spiritual "ramblings" that all of us ...

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Overview

All profits from the sale of Reiser's Ramblings go to Haitian relief efforts sponsored by Reiser Relief Inc.

"Reiser's Ramblings" is a collection of daily/weekly meditations/devotions ~ daily reflections from the best columns written over the past three decades by Fr. Bernard Reiser, former pastor of Epiphany Parish in Coon Rapids, Minn.

From farm living to an eternity in Heaven, Fr. Reiser brings together a wonderful collection of Christian spiritual "ramblings" that all of us can take to heart. We end up with a lovely book of short, easily read reminiscences and edifying stories and thoughts, with each column titled. The reader is meant ponder the spiritual message and meaning in each column and how, or if, it applies to each individual life. The writings talk of his growing up in a farming family, to teaching you how to start and continue having a relationship with God, and the people around you.

As quoted from The U.S. Review of Books website May 13th 2012: "Reiser's Ramblings", - A collection of weekly newsletter columns from the former pastor of the rural Epiphany Parish in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, this book is a mixture of humorous, sad, nostalgic, and inspirational pieces. By turns thoughtful, provocative, or just plain funny, it is the kind of book one can sample, read and reread, or share stories from with family and friends. It is nicely illustrated with black and white photos and drawings. The columns are short, but memorable, and always provide something to think about or learn from. Never stuffy or preachy, Reiser has created an enjoyable reflection of life."

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 reminiscences and a lovely book of short, easily read edifying stories and thoughts.

Artwork illustrations were by Minnesota professional portrait painter Mark Sanislo, a long time friend of Fr. Reiser and parishioner of Epiphany Church. And special thanks to our editor: Jacqueline Hilgert/ Traditions Communications who helped put the book into reality; it would have not been possible without her professional assistance.

Book Awards and Honors

May 2011 San Francisco Book Festival "Honorable Mention" for the spiritual category

May 2011 Paris Book Festival "Runner-Up" for the spiritual category

June 2011 Beach Book Festival "Runner-Up" for the spiritual category

July 2011 Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

July 2011 Midwest Book Reviews Small Press Bookwatch Memoir Shelf, highly recommended)

November 2011 - USA News Best Books Awards (Finalist, Christian Inspirational)

January 2012 London Book Festival ( Spiritual, Honorable Mention)

May 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award ( Spiritual, Honorable Mention) and The First Horizon Award Finalist

WINNER of the 2012 Indie Excellence Award in the category of Religion-Non-Fiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615364780
  • Publisher: Reiser Relief, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/13/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Father Bernad Reiser a Catholic priest, Reiser brings a seminary degree with a major in theology and 60+ years of ordained experience to his writing.

He has volunteered his time to parishes in and around the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Father Bernard Reiser was born in 1924 to Aloys and Ottilia Reiser, farmers living in, Medina, Minnesota.

Father Reiser was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1949 and was assigned to St. Mary of the Lake parish in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

In 1964, Archbishop Leo Binz asked Father Reiser to start a parish in the quickly-growing Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids located in Anoka County. Seventy acres of farmland was acquired for the new church, which was named Epiphany after one of the great feast days of the Lord.

Under Father Reiser's leadership, Epiphany grew to become one of the largest Catholic communities in the state.

In addition to a spacious sanctuary, the Epiphany campus includes an elementary school, a Perpetual Adoration chapel, a senior housing complex, an assisted living facility, a cemetery, and several outdoor shrines.

In 1996, Father Reiser traveled to Haiti. "I had seen slums in China, Egypt and Mexico City," "he wrote. "None of them compare to the tragic realities of the slum outside Port au Prince."

In time, Father Reiser established Reiser Relief Inc., a non-profit organization that funds relief and development projects in Haiti.

Father Reiser retired from Epiphany, but he remains actively involved in helping the world's poorest citizens as chairman of Reiser Relief..

"I don't intend to retire," he said. "As long as I can work I will. As long as you can work why sit around gathering dust."

After 62 years of dedicated priesthood, Father Bernard Reiser went to the Lord on December 27 at the age of 86.

Reiser Relief Inc. is a volunteer run non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded by Father Bernard Reiser, who has been involved with Haiti outreach programs for over 13 years; Bringing Hope To Haiti. Reiser Relief is based in Coon Rapids, MN and its mission is to help the impoverished people of the Caribbean country of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

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    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.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    Highly readable

    Reviewed by Alice H. for Readers Favorite

    In Reiser's Ramblings, Father Bernard Reiser has written his life remembrances in a form that resembles short sermons. He takes us through his youth while growing up on a farm in Minnesota. For the geriatric reader, it will be fun to remember canning foods for winter, walking to church and school and taking the Saturday night bath in the kitchen by the stove. For the younger reader, there are cautions about self-focus and failing to relate to others in a positive and respectful manner.

    The recollections about childhood days are interesting and a good reminder about how far we have come and how much still remains to be addressed in the human condition. There are many instances of seeing the world through a Catholic upbringing and belief system, but there are also many instances of the author seeing the world from a broader system of humanity, such as through work in poverty-stricken Haiti. Although the mini sermons are easy to read, the reader will obviously understand that the information contained in Reiser's Ramblings is common to the Catholic religion in general.

    Father Reiser writes in a common sense manner which makes the book highly readable for those wanting, or needing, to get in touch with their early Catholic teachings. For those who have strayed from Christianity, the book is a gentle reminder that it is never too late to ask for forgiveness and to start toward a more religious and humanitarian way of life.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Edifying

    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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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    A Quility Book 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.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Very uplifting and reminds us how precious life is and how to enjoy every God given day to the fullest.

    A collection of the best columns written over the past three decades by Fr. Bernard Reiser, founding pastor of Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN. Read about Fr. Reiser's take on everyday topics such as family, kindness, gratitude, prayer, helping others, and staying focused on what's important in life. Fr. Reiser's essays are rich in symbolism, wise in understanding of human nature, and fruitful in explicating the word of God. 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! All profits from the sale of Reiser's Ramblings go to Haitian relief efforts sponsored by Reiser Relief.

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