Bringing the Text to Life
Three quick stories, with one common theme:
Story One. In about 500 B.C., it is said that Gautama Buddha meditated alone in an Indian cave for 40 days, and then staggered out — nearly dead from starvation. A girl from a nearby village saw him, and offered him some milk and rice pudding. Energized by this snack, Buddha walked to the famous tree under which he meditated and achieved enlightenment. The village girl gave a small gift that launched an entire religion.
Story Two. In the early 1700s, the French army had come close to taking the citadel in the city of Turin in northern Italy. But then a common Italian soldier developed a clever plan — he armed a mine in a tunnel, lured the French army closer, and then blew himself up, along with his enemies. This event turned the tide of the battle, and eventually the war. A single soldier took out an entire army.
Story Three. When William of Orange assumed the English, Irish and Scottish thrones in the year 1689, a group of...