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Grace Notes: Embracing the Joy of Christ in a Broken World Paperback – January, 2003

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This book conveys the small illuminations that reveal God's presence in my everyday life. Whether I'm volunteering in a nursing home, playing with my goddaughter, anguishing over an illness, or clipping roses in the garden, it seems I encounter Christ everywhere. I pray that this book will give readers insights into the ordinary moments that reveal God's grace in their lives.

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"Lorraine will help you see what we should be able to see naturally, but for some reason it takes grace to recognize grace! Her book is well named."  -- Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.

"So, lucky readers, it's your turn to listen for the grace notes, those sweet, melancholy sounds that can be heard by a well-tuned heart....As you read, you'll begin to recognize--as I did--that Lorraine's saying just what you have been longing to hear." -- Rebecca Laird, editor of "Sacred Journey"

"A book for seekers who want to recover their childhood faith on an adult level. Study groups will find the 'Questions for Reflection and Discussion' a welcome feature...." -- Brother David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B, author of "Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Resurrection Pr; 1st edition (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187871869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878718693
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,422,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very sweet book of reflections on everyday life
and on finding Christ in all things. There are questions
to ponder following each chapter, making it an ideal
choice for church study groups and/or personal
lectio divina/spiritual reflection. Well written,
subtle, and graceful. And very inexpensive (another
plus for church study groups)!
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"Grace Notes" is a sweet, quick read. I love that the chapters are short, so when I need a little pick-me-up -- a reminder of God's grace, that it's REAL and alive every day -- I can just open the book. Lorraine's stories are everyone's stories. She describes how she learned of "God in the details," sometimes as her faith matured from childhood to adulthood, sometimes as a lightning flash moment, and sometimes the hard way, as she chose the winding path like we all do. None of us is perfect, but as the book reminds us, Jesus "can't resist" caring for us, all through our lives.

This one brings tears to my eyes frequently. You can't help being moved -- the author's sharing of her stories is a gesture of kindness. You feel like it's a gift from a friend.
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If you believe that God is ready to pounce on your every sinful deed or every major flaw in your character, read this book! That God loves you as you are is the central theme. What a joyful and utterly honest read!

Murray's journey to the REAL God mirrors that of so many of us who ran from Him and were gently but firmly coaxed back to His all-embracing love. Every women's group would benefit from this brief but lyrical book.
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I had purchased and read Grace Notes long before I saw the email from a study group at my church, recommending this as a "must read." Lorraine Murray has a gift for meeting the reader where she is in her faith journey, for "touching a chord." Every chapter/vignette presents an opportunity to recognize past or present struggles in one's personal walk with our Lord. There are those who are fortunate to have never wavered from or questioned God's presence in their lives. Then there are those of us who experience conversion - metanoia - an ongoing, lifetime process. God isn't finished yet with any one of us. This book gently depicts real-life evidence of how intimately involved God is in our lives, our stuggles, our hopes and our joys. Ms. Murray is as deeply honest and human as one can get in sharing her personal faith journey. Her book is a good example of the verse from Scripture (John 21:7) when John, recognizing Jesus on the shore, was contemplative (he knew Jesus with his heart) while Peter, jumping in the water, was conquering (he was action in his imperfect humanness). Exactly what we're called to through Baptism: contemplative and conquering. Thank you, Lorraine Murray, for a sweet walk with our Lord.
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