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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (April 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609800930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609800935
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The best introduction to this book I can give is the little foreword I wrote for it. Here it is:
Saying grace is an ancient and vital tradition the world over. To begin with, it provides a space, a moment of stillness, in which to relinquish the activities of the day and allow the mind to settle. Then, as we acknowledge the source of our nourishment, we are filled with astonishment at the generosity of the Creator, with gratitude, and with praise. In bringing the body, mind, and heart together, we come to ourselves, and rememebr who we are and why we are here. For some families, a meal is the only time everyone is present and so the opportunity to enjoy one another and really celebrate the occasions is not to be lost. For many, a meal is also the only time that there is any memory of the Divine. Saying grace establishes an immediate connection with that memory. In such a moment, when our minds are clear and the truth is reinforced by being sounded aloud, we can dedicate the meal and the strength we receive from it to the service of whoever or whatever is before us.
-- Toinette Lippe, editorial director of Bell Tower

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Available now in a small-format paperback edition, this beloved book features 100 ways of giving thanks for the daily repast in a glorious collection of ancient and contemporary graces from many traditions, including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Native American. Two-color interior.

Customer Reviews

This is a perfect gift book that we have given to numerous friends.
G. Gagnon
Nevertheless, for someone looking for a collection of 100 interesting prayers this is a nice book.
Brian Turner
It is not at all what I expected but it was cheap so I can not complain.
joy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jarie Newsome on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
After realizing how rote saying grace had become for me, especially since I eat most of my meals alone, the glorious graces in this book helped me center and use this sacred time to make a heartfelt connection. Also, I began to praise things I'd never considered before (like the sacrifices made by individuals, animals, plants, etc.) that went into the making of the meal. It is an absolutely awesome collection of elegant blessings.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By craig@wealthadvisory.com on July 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
As the spiritual aims chair for a civic club, I'm the fella' who gives an invocation before each meal. Since it's important that our activities are non-denominational, I find this book to be a great resource. Need a meal-time invocation? Then get this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Linda M. Sexton on September 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a dear, concise, wise little book. It sits on our dining table. My husband and I take turns saying grace each evening, opening randomly and reading. It has prayers from many different spiritual sources and we find it refreshing and meaningful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Turner on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a minister and someone who holds a discipline of giving thanks before each meal, I was slightly disappointed by this nice little book. It proclaims to be a collection of 100 graces, but this is slightly deceiving, though I don't think this is on purpose. Nevertheless, for someone looking for a collection of 100 interesting prayers this is a nice book. For someone looking for a collection of 100 graces for meals, you may be disappointed.

Why? First, the book only contains 95 prayers, plus a nice introductory grace. And of those 95, I would only say that about 55 could be considered mealtime graces. Many of the others are nice prayers and blessings and a few nice sayings but shouldn't be considered as graces. Grace by definition means "giving thanks," and if it is to be used for a meal it should also mention food and/or eating. By that criteria, almost half of the offerings in this book aren't graces because they don't mention food or eating and/or giving thanks. In the end, this book might better be called "100 Prayers and Mealtime Blessings."

Some have also mentioned the price, which in this case would seem a bit steep, especially if you were expecting something other than you received. Nevertheless, I found this book interesting, helpful, and refreshing. It would certainly make for a nice gift for someone who enjoys prayers, blessings, and graces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By endless summer on November 12, 2009
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This is a beautiful book of table graces and other prayers taken from many traditions ranging from Christian, Jewish, Native American, Hindu, Buddhist, and Islam among others. The prayers not only include grace before meals but touch on other topics such as a prayer of thanks on rising to a new day, a prayer before starting a chore, praise for creation, prayers for peace. I especially liked the prayer that deal with Advent as it expresses such longing: "Come, Lord Jesus! Come stay with my family and friends....Come, Lord Jesus! Bring peace to our world." And one to our Earth Mother that acknowledges gratitude for sunlight, rain, friends, and the "giveaway of the lives of chicken, beets...grains and lettuce that we may continue our lives." There also are traditional Celtic prayers that ask for God's presence in all of life's activities: "God in my speaking, God in my thinking....God in my life....God in my heart" as well as "Deep peace of the shining star to you, Deep peace of the running wave to you...." The book also contains a prayer about God as "I am:" admonishing us to live in the moment rather than regretting the past and fearing the future. There even is the traditional benediction used in both Jewish and Christian traditions, "The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you...." I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a collection of prayers dealing with a number of topics from a variety of different faith traditions. I can assure you that you will treasure this small but rich volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Gagnon on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a perfect gift book that we have given to numerous friends. We also keep one on the dinig table and often invite guests to choose a grace to read before meals. There are selections that appeal to almost any spiritual tradition or viewpoint.
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By Rosemary Beales on March 28, 2014
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This is a great favorite, partly for its very short blessings. As a minister, I enjoy giving this to the couples I marry as it's attractive and small enough to sit on the dinner table and serve as a reminder. Sometimes I bundle it with a nice basket and breadcloth. And of course, I use it myself!
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By joy on January 2, 2014
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This is a tiny little book with a few quotes in it. It is not at all what I expected but it was cheap so I can not complain. It has a few nice quotes.
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