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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (September 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060659564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060659561
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new book from HarperSanFrancisco could be quite useful if you find yourself at a loss for words when everyone is looking to you for inspiration. Do what most of us do: Take someone else's words and use them. "Graces, Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions" is a compilation of prayers and poems for many of life's celebrations and some of the everyday, as well.

Included are 13 sections for everything from prayers at meals to thoughts for times of contemplation and holidays, times for children and how to remember the Earth. There also are prayers from around the world, short graces and even prayers for peace and justice. There are some standards included, but also whimsey and some that simply touch the heart. -- Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 31, 1998

Graces: Prayers And Poems For Everyday Meals And Special Occasions began as a notebook in which June Cotner collected favorite prayers and reflections from friends and family. Cotner has arranged her 133 offerings by theme, drawing from many cultural traditions and including such originals as a grace for dieting and a springtime prayer of thanks for lilacs. -- New Age Journal

Saying grace at mealtimes is a time-honored tradition for many families ... and a newfound source of spiritual connection for others. Whether you are a master at giving the blessing or fairly new at this sacred art, Graces will bring inspiration to your meals and special gatherings.

Seeing the need for such inspiration at her family's table, June Cotner-a best-selling author The Home Design Handbook-compiled a notebook of poems, prayers and songs that she solicited from friends, strangers, family members and ministers. She has turned her family's well-worn notebook into this elegantly packaged edition, which can take a rightful place on the table complementing the finest of table settings.

Arranged by 13 themes, the book contains poems, prayers, songs, invocations and salutations by figures as diverse as Leunig and Browning, Emerson and Starhawk, Kahlil Gibran and Schweitzer. Whether the call is for a Sanskrit salutation to the dawn, a Gaelic blessing or an ancient Chinese prayer, Graces offers fitting words for every occasion.

Cotner drew from her collection of 133 original, traditional and multicultural blessings in compiling the book. Realizing that one of the rewards of family dinner-or group dinners-is the fellowship, these blessings offer an opportunity to share wisdom and insight with family and friends before, during or after meals or special gatherings. -- Washington Diocese, February/March 1995

Writer Finds Life Full of Graces

As a young mother, June Cotner wanted to expose her two children to religious and spiritual concepts - even though they seldom attended church. Dinner time, when they were all gathered around the table, seemed like a good time. Cotner grew up Presbyterian and her family occasionally said grace at meals. Yet saying the same prayer every night seemed rote and eventually meaningless. Cotner noted that in other people's homes people seemed ready to duck under the table when asked who wanted to say grace.

So the Poulsbo, Wash., woman began collecting graces. Whenever she found one she liked, she'd add it to her collection. When the children were small, she'd bring the collection to the table each evening and select one to read. As the children grew older, she'd let them select one.

The book is divided into sections: any gathering, seasonal graces, holidays, family gatherings, American Indian graces, traditional graces, ones that revolved around chilren or the Earth, musical graces, short graces, international ones and those for peace and justice and contemplation. -- The Oregonian, February 24, 1996

About the Author

June Cotner is the author of the celebrated Graces, Bedside Prayers, Get Well Wishes, Animal Blessings and Family Celebrations. She lives with her husband, two wayward dogs, and two stray cats in Poulsbo, Washington, just outside of Seattle.

More About the Author

June Cotner is a publishing consultant and the author of 28 books, including the bestselling Graces and Wedding Blessings. Collectively, her books have sold more than 900,000 copies and have earned praise in many national publications including USA Today, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman's Day, and Family Circle. She has appeared on the television programs "New Day Northwest" and "AM Northwest." June is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Through Book Proposal Services, she evaluates nonfiction book proposals and analyzes concepts for books. See "Consulting" at www.JuneCotner.com. Her books have been published by major houses including Random House, HarperCollins, and Hachette. She has also enjoyed working with mid-size publishers such as Andrews McMeel, Chronicle Books, and New World Library.

Quotation: "Creativity, for me, involves connections. As an anthologist, I love finding the perfect quote for a specific book. As a publishing consultant, I greatly enjoy helping clients create the best possible proposals to secure excellent advances."

Fun tidbit: June has always loved playing with creative ideas, including starting the first "dormie" powder puff football game at U.C. Berkeley, I ETA PI, that competed against sorority teams and went on to become a football dynasty.

Visit her website at www.JuneCotner.com

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been reading graces from this book with my family and friends for 4 years now. Every time someone new joins our dinner and we bring out the book, they want one! I have given several to friends and family. It's a wonderful tradition to pass along.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
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For those who wish to get into the habit of saying grace at mealtimes, this is the perfect book. Although I was raised saying grace, it is easy to forget to do it now that I am an adult. My husband and I picked up this book, and it has been a pleasure skimming through it at each meal to find the perfect sentiment.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The author/editor of this wonderful little book, June Cotner, writes in the introduction that the genesis of this book was a collection of mealtime graces she and her family compiled to get away from the same-old-same-old rote prayers. Convinced by others that many would appreciate such a book for their own use, Cotner set about gathering prayers and inspiration from people around the country, both in response to solicitations put in writing journals and to word-of-mouth contacts with friends, family and neighbours.
Prayers and graces were received from people of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, religions -- all over the country, people from childhood to their nineties gave Cotner more than she could ever include. Cotner likened the process to being a gardener with a bounty of flowers from which she had to delight to pick a bouquet.
The prayers are not merely mealtime graces, although there is a nice selection of these. Prayers for every time and occasion, even some for no particular occasion, are contained here. From the Sanskit Salutation of the Dawn to prayers of Hannukah and Advent and the four seasons, there are many prayers to choose from here in this wonderful collection.
Some prayers are specifically for children, a nice section in the middle of the text. The words are simple and the meanings plain yet elegant and meaningful. There are traditional and modern graces, Jewish and Native American prayers, musical graces and contemplative prayers.
Included among the original, previously-unpublished prayers are inspirational pieces from traditional liturgies, poets and spiritual persons of the past. William Blake and Helen Keller, Kahlil Gibran and Thomas Aquinas each make appearances here.
This is a wonderful collection, an inspired set of readings for private, family and community devotion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Mary on March 25, 2007
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One evening I had this book with me as I delivered a banquet invocation. The woman sitting next to me looked through the book & remarked that it looked like an amazing book, so I surprised her with a copy of her own. She thanked me profusely. I find it good because it draws from many places and many faith traditions, making it a very approachable resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BobMorse on December 26, 2011
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This is a well organized and thoughtfully presented booklet of meal graces. It occupies a permanent spot at our family table and is used at every meal. By choosing a different grace for each meal, we expand our thinking and meditating and focus on our gratitude for the meal in front of us and for each other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Can't Read Enough! on April 19, 2013
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I discovered this book some years ago and I treasure it and have given many copies as gifts over the years. It is THE PERFECT hostess gift, by the way. Aside from the book being a lovely book of graces and blessings for the daily meal, it is really an important tool and a reminder to express our gratitude on a daily basis. It can bring your family closer together and so many of the passages inside are deep wisdom that make dinner with friends and loved ones so much more meaningful. "Food for thought" to go with your evening dinner. What could be better?
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By J. Doe on December 28, 2013
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Purchased this for Thanksgiving prayer ideas. Has nice ideas for all occasions. This was the best option for my needs.
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