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“In Spot of Grace, Dawna Markova provides inspiring stories that guide us to live from the source of lasting happiness – true inner joy.”
Deepak Chopra, author of Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore

“Get ready for your mind to fill with joy and delight and inspiration! You will not want to put this book down, and its magic will carry you a long way after you finish it.”
Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job

“Please dip into this heart-floating stream of goodness whenever you need to remember that you do make a difference and that love really is the key.”
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“Dawna Markova not only sees the patterns in life that connect us all in dazzling relationships; she also writes about them magically and poetically. . . . Spot of Grace is more like a revelation than a book.”
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (February 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, I don't know about you - but the skeptical side of my 30-plus years in journalism begins to rise when I pick up a new book and find that the author identifies herself on both the front and back covers as "cocreator of `Random Acts of Kindness'." Now, on one level, Dawna Markova's work as a consultant and as the author of an earlier book called, "Random Acts of Kindness," has promoted this idea in many quarters.

However, the idea itself is timeless spiritual wisdom, especially in Eastern traditions, and was not created by anyone alive today. And, the phrase that crystallized the idea is credited to writer Anne Herbert, who wrote: "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Inside her book, Markova does credit Herbert with the phrase.

But, let's set aside the specific way this book is promoted - because the heart of the book is as beautifully timeless as the idea behind "acts of kindness." This new book is a collection of very short, personal stories from more than 100 people talking about moments of realization, when these men and women glimpsed - sometimes just for a moment - that their lives have real meaning.

What I'm trying to say is this: Whether you've heard of Dawna Markova or not, whether you particularly care about her story (which she shares in the various sections of the book) or not - is really almost irrelevant in this instance. That's because the stars that shine brightly from this book are the 100-plus people who contributed brilliant sparks from their lives.

If you're among the majority of Americans, who tell researchers that you've got a fairly traditional religious affiliation - then, perhaps you already pick up day-by-day devotional literature in your parish or you get it from some other mainline source.
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Spot of Grace is a gift that could be your treasured resource for daily inspiration. In elegant, poetic, yet practical language, Dawna Markova has compiled a collection of encouraging short stories that highlight the moment when people have discovered grace. With a focus on the purpose and passion of the human spirit, rather than our problematic differences, Dawna opens a window, through which we may appreciate the qualities of spirit in one another, while we nurture and sustain humanity.

Katie Davis, Author, "Awake Joy"
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I have nearly finished this wonderful book of stories. They are stories written by many people from all over the world. Each one is a tale of how the life of the writer was touched by a spot of grace from another human being or life experience. My favorites so far have been those that remind us how every small act can have a major impact on someone else and therefore ourselves. Small acts like generosity with time and talent that reach across time. Observations of the shared humanity of us all. Signs from animals and nature that show us we are not alone. Reading each story is like a warm meditation on human frailty and courage.
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This is probably not your normal review, but my experience with the book.

I was visiting my local bookstore and passed this book on a display table. I stood there and debated whether I should spend the money or not to purchase it. I decided not to and was halfway to the checkout but then something told me to go back and buy it.

That night I started to read it and read it from cover to cover with tears flowing from my eyes. Dawna's stories touched something deep inside that released something that was being buried inside.

My deepest thanks to her and her wonderful book and her insights on her website [...]
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In Spot of Grace, Dawna Markova has put together a collage of moving and beautiful stories about our human spirits and those soul-gratifying astonished moments when we are told the truth about our vast influence and unique value. These stories are engaging and beautifully written to express how it feels to live these lives, the things that happen to us and choices we make, the paths we walk, the conclusions we draw about ourselves, and the surprising gifts others receive from our simply being. The writing styles are predominantly enjoyable - well expressed, tight yet eloquent. The stories are engaging in that "see no people, hear no people" kind of way, the kind of absorption in which you wouldn't notice the building caving in. Many of the stories moved this highly empathetic woman to tears - the good kind that happen when you're in touch with something important.

I'm so glad I gave Spot of Grace a chance - I almost didn't buy it because I thought it might belong in what I call the "Chicken Soup genre" (Chicken Soup For The Soul, Chicken Soup For Women, Chicken Soup For Chickens, Chicken Soup For Arthritic Chickens, Chicken Soup for Grasshoppers Eaten By Chickens, Chicken Soup for Leaves Eaten by Grasshoppers Eaten by Arthritic Chickens.... Chocolate for A Woman's Soul, Chocolate for A Bulging Butt, Chocolate for A Diabetic Demise, Chocolate for Not Assaulting Your Husband When You Discover He Is Yet Again Not Actually Listening To A Single Word You Say...). I feared Spot of Grace might be a collection of tedious, poorly written, sentimental stories which meander to an ending that neither surprises nor inspires. Be assured, dear reader, Spot of Grace instead belongs solidly in the category I call "Literature Worth Reading.
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