- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press; 1st edition (April 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807028193
- ISBN-13: 978-0807028193
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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D. H. Lawrence once called wonder our sixth sense, a natural religious sense. Anderson's tutorial on this spiritual practice is refreshing. --Spirituality & Health Magazine (Voted one of The Best Spiritual Books by Spirituality and Health Magazine)
."This is a delightful book, wise without being precious; entertaining without being trivial . . . Readers of almost any persuasion should enjoy Anderson's affable company." --June Sawyers, Booklist
"I wish David Anderson had written Breakfast Epiphanies twenty years ago. Reading it then would have made me a better person, parent, and pastor. In any event, I'm glad it's here now. And I bet you will be too." --Philip Gulley, author of Front Porch Tales
"I have long believed that the mark of a great personal essay is not so much that we see the writer but that we see what the writer sees. David Anderson has shown me what he sees, and his willingness to do so has granted me a more vivid glimpse of what I see myself." --Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, author of The Sewing Room and Finding Time for Serenity
About the Author
David Anderson is rector of St. Luke's Parish in Darien, Connecticut. He has received various awards for his writing, including a Lilly Endowment grant. He lives with his wife, cookbook author Pam Anderson, and their two daughters in Darien.
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The book I can equate to something akin to a daily reflection kind of title as the stories can be read in a quick sitting, are enjoyable and entertaining and have a moral to the story, if you will.
If Robert Fulghum wrote a daily reflection, it would be like Breakfast Epiphanies.
Nancy M. Booth
I read a lot in this genre of self-help and spirituality and I have to say, this book caught me by surprise. Partly it's because there's such a light touch to every story. Anderson is a pastor but he doesn't preach.
I loved the one titled, Hands off: We Hatch Alone. It's about his visit to a kindergarten class where they were hatching a box of chicks. All the children were instructed to keep their hands folded behind their backs. Anderson did too. And then he spins a gentle tale of how this simple posture of attentive detachment works in our relationships. "We cannot stop drinking for someone else...we cannot lift the pall of depression...If they are going to break into freedom, they will have to hatch themselves."
And so it goes, story after story. There's the one about the cat, Oliver, who has the instinct to hunt but when he actually gets outdoors, meekly returns to the warmth of the kitchen. I sat there thinking about all the times the door of opportunity slid open for me and I retreated. I have a name for this now. I used to call it fear. Now I call it Oliver.
Then there's the one about the woman who received last rites and came back to life for the love of meat loaf. And the one about American men (and husbands) and how the best path to spiritual growth and vital relationship with our spouse might just be dancing lessons.
Finally, I guess why I like this book is that Anderson is such a likeable guy. The book is solid gold but it has the warmth of a real person living a real life. He's smart and witty but he's also just a lot of fun, the kind of neighbor you'd be eager to see and talk to over the fence.
I loved this book. I'm giving them away for Christmas!