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
I would recommend this to everyone. We use it at dinner time, at family get togetherness and at potlucks with friends.Published 3 months ago by John Ervolino
I share this book with friends at special dinners and then have them sign the page I just read or one of my guests read. It is a nice tradition.Published 3 months ago by Grammy Alice
Wonderful collection of prayers for all occasions and moments. Timeless.Published 3 months ago by Paul
A treasure to go back to many times for special occasions. Not just prayers, but charming poems. Well-known as well as new writers included.Published 12 months ago by SUSAN O'DONNELL
Great gift for weddings
Use it at dinners
Or special occasions
People sign the prayer that they choose and date it