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Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World Hardcover – September 28, 2007

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“A precious gem of a book! Every home would benefit from owning it and sharing the delicious wisdom it offers.”
John E. Welshons, author of One Soul, One Love, One Heart

“Cultivating gratitude is one of the most powerful choices you can make for your health and happiness. This book of blessings can help you do that on a daily basis.”
M. J. Ryan, author of A Grateful Heart and Attitudes of Gratitude
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"Cultivating gratitude is one of the most powerful choices you can make for your health and happiness. This book of blessings can help you do that on a daily basis."
-- M.J. Ryan, author of A Grateful Heart and Attitudes of Gratitude

"A precious gem of a book! Every home would benefit from owning it and sharing the delicious wisdom it offers. Focusing on the four most important forms of nourishment for human beings -- food, gratitude, awareness, and connection -- it reminds us to be aware of the sacred quality of what the universe freely offers. Bravo!"
-- John E. Welshons, author of When Prayers Aren't Answered
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 2nd edition (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157731591X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315919
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent little prayer book on various ancient and modern graces.It's not just a European christian benedictory ,but from differnet cultures ,around the world.In our modern world,we have really lost the religious experience of eating.With our fast food society all around us,the companionship of 'breaking bread' with the family and friends,is a rare sacred event indeed thesedays.I've never seen anyone pray before eating their burger combo.We have gotten away from the knowledge of our food.Where is it grown? How is it grown? What nutrients does it contain? We just take it for granted everyday.We are what we eat.Natural foods are healthy and connect us to Nature,the Infinite.Our Earth can produce a bounty of food gifts.The Wise give thanks for fair weather and equal balance of sunshine and the rain.Both the communists and capitalists have tried to fetter the forces of Nature,for their various planned quotas or profit margins.Yet,Nature is still an awesome power that operates freely ,from human machinations of restraint.This book has so many worthwhile eloquent blessings.These mahlzeit evocations all have some basic common beliefs.That of heavenly gratitude for our daily nourishment,the communion with earthly nature,and the spiritual connection with the righteous. For a small alimentary breviary,it has a lot to digest and to nourish one's soul.
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This is a unique book of blessings, graces, and meditations on food and thanksgiving. There are several traditional christian ones, but also buddhist, native american (several), african, and more. I really like the fact that the author has included a brief paragraph about the author of the grace, the culture, or the history surrounding it. I have marked several "favorites" & I plan to read one at our dinner each evening with the kids. We are Unitarian Universalists, and we appreciate the wealth and diversity of many religious and cultural traditions. This book is perfect for sharing a glimpse into thankfulness as expressed all over the world.
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An excellent book that presents the fact that giving thanks is a long-held tradition among all cultures and philosophic mindsets to offer respect for the food/crop they are about to enjoy. It provides one's guests, even the atheist or cynic, who are asked to say "grace" a wide choice of pre-meal sentiments that best reflect their spiritual ideas.
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i have yet to even read half of this precious book, yet what i have read inspires me with the unity of spirit of people thousands of years ago, throughout history and today, around the world in regard to the sacred nature of food as a gift from the Divine Creator for the benefit of all. i would like it to inspire lots and lots of people to more fully realize, appreciate, and consume God's abundant, healthy, delicious, enlivening nutritional gifts from the earth for their own betterment and for the health of all God's creation here on earth, turning away from man's cruel and unhealthy food creations. I recommend this gem with all my heart and soul.
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Bless This Food by Adrian Butash is a collection of prayers and blessings to say at mealtime. It features 160 such blessings from a variety of cultures and religions. If you enjoy saying mealtime blessings for your family, this is a book you'll want to read!

Bless This Food is a beautifully gathered collection of prayers of gratitude for the food we eat. If you and your family say a blessing before meals, this is definitely a book that you would enjoy reading and incorporating some of the blessings into mealtimes in the future. The explanations on the blessings are also great mealtime conversation that will help everyone learn more about the different cultures covered in the book.

Overall, this is a fun and educational read. I especially liked reading about the history of the different blessings. I enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the other cultures that differ from my own when it comes to these mealtime blessings. I definitely recommend this book, and I also think it would make a great present for someone you know who enjoys saying mealtime blessings, too.

* Thank you to the publisher of Bless This Food, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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This is a wonderful way to be greatful for all that we have. So many differrent types of blessings. We prefer using the word blessing rather than grace but either way you slice it, very nice compilation.
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Bless This Food was originally a gift from friends. I lent it to another friend, but don't recall which one, so I ordered another copy. It is useful for a table grace with friends or relatives who are religious or not religious. Either my husband or I hand the book to a dinner, breakfast, lunch guest and ask them to choose one to read. We have found that whichever is chosen and read often brings up conversation and discussion as we eat. The graces are from religions and people around the world, but suitable for most people here, also. Highly recommended.
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I think it's a very important practice to cultivate gratitude, not only at meals but throughout one's day-to-day life. Gratitude is one of the quickest ways to alter your mindset and put you in an uplifting, positive mood. Being grateful for one's food and blessing it is an important practice to cultivate. It help sets the tone for the meal. This little book can help with that, and gives you a glimpse of how the rest of the world does it.

Nicely put together. Keep it by your table. Share a prayer daily. Go here to my blog to read my full reivew: [...]
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