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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: 6.6 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”
Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book

“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.”
Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

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Spot of Grace is a gift that could be your treasured resource for daily inspiration.
Katie Davis
Each story as I read it made me smile and reminded me of more and more great moments in my own life.
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That night I started to read it and read it from cover to cover with tears flowing from my eyes.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on March 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katie Davis on March 1, 2008
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sally Kline on July 21, 2008
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SouthAl on March 17, 2008
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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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