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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (April 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807028193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807028193
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Church rector and Pennsylvania Episcopalian columnist Anderson gathers some 40 short essays on the intersections between life and faith, many previously published as columns, in a slim volume that sparkles with intelligence and honesty. (Don't let that precious title fool you.) Chronicling "ordinary moments" in which God unexpectedly appears, when "we are susceptible to a new, sometimes offbeat awareness of the divine presence," Anderson shows how the quotidian sparks notions of the sublime. The poignant and funny title essay describes a morning when Anderson and his family had "cereal and bile for breakfast"-and how Anderson, as a result, decided to do a better job of being there for his children. Whether contemplating the "work" of grief, the "capitalist production" of Christmas or the path, not "to happiness," but "of happiness," Anderson is a calming, inspiring voice of reason and faith.
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From Booklist

This is a delightful book, wise without being too precious; entertaining without being trivial. Anderson, rector of Trinity Church in Solebury, Pennsylvania, and a popular columnist in The Pennsylvania Episcopalian, writes as if he were in a one-on-one conversation with a member of his flock. Breakfast Epiphanies is a collection of tales, really--humble, gentle tales of routine and even mundane activities culled from ordinary life. They allow Anderson to comment on mysteries large and small, whether a story's particular occasion be reluctantly taking his teenage daughters shopping for dresses or lamenting the loss of his mother and the huge void her absence has left in his family. Regardless of the occasion, Anderson serves it up with good humor and deep human sympathy. Readers of almost every persuasion should enjoy Anderson's affable company. June Sawyers
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael on December 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The way I know if a movie is good is if I want to see it twice. The same goes for books. I've read Breakfast Epiphanies and I'm going through it again.
I read a lot in this genre of self-help and spirituality and I have to say, this book caught me by surprise. Partly it's because there's such a light touch to every story. Anderson is a pastor but he doesn't preach.
I loved the one titled, Hands off: We Hatch Alone. It's about his visit to a kindergarten class where they were hatching a box of chicks. All the children were instructed to keep their hands folded behind their backs. Anderson did too. And then he spins a gentle tale of how this simple posture of attentive detachment works in our relationships. "We cannot stop drinking for someone else...we cannot lift the pall of depression...If they are going to break into freedom, they will have to hatch themselves."
And so it goes, story after story. There's the one about the cat, Oliver, who has the instinct to hunt but when he actually gets outdoors, meekly returns to the warmth of the kitchen. I sat there thinking about all the times the door of opportunity slid open for me and I retreated. I have a name for this now. I used to call it fear. Now I call it Oliver.
Then there's the one about the woman who received last rites and came back to life for the love of meat loaf. And the one about American men (and husbands) and how the best path to spiritual growth and vital relationship with our spouse might just be dancing lessons.
Finally, I guess why I like this book is that Anderson is such a likeable guy. The book is solid gold but it has the warmth of a real person living a real life. He's smart and witty but he's also just a lot of fun, the kind of neighbor you'd be eager to see and talk to over the fence.
I loved this book. I'm giving them away for Christmas!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
David Anderson manages to find the transcendent in everyday pursuits and happenings. You don't have to be an Episcopal clergyman (as he is), or have any religious belief at all, to identify, learn, and be touched by the wisdom in these brief, warm, funny, and enlightening encounters with the nitty-gritty of our lives. No story takes more than 5 minutes to read, so it's easy to pick up and put down again with little guilt - but with great reward.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Lincoln on March 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book! Father David Anderson (an Episcopal priest from Bucks County PA) has written a book that is spiritually uplifting. It is an enjoyable read for the religious and the non-religious alike. He has elements of Buddahism as well as the Benedictine and Franciscan spirituality of seeing the wonder of the spirit of God in the daily grind that we all live each day. Highly recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M. Booth on May 6, 2012
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David Anderson writes with understanding and compassion. The various situations he writes about are truly "food for thought" and the soul. I have purchased this book for several friends and they have all raved about it. We all agree you will return often to your favorite stories.

Sincerely,
Nancy M. Booth
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