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In today's chaotic world, the common experience of sharing the evening meal can restore a sense of community and humanity to society. More important, the blessing of the meal fosters in us a sense of gratitude for the gifts we have been given. This collection of 365 "blessings"-ranging from the words of Augustine and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh to the Beatles' now famous "In the end the love you take/ is equal to the love you make"-celebrates the connections between grace and gratitude. To aid readers in selecting a grace appropriate to the occasion, there is a topical index as well as divisions marked by seasons of the year. The book will have wide appeal because it traverses all spiritual traditions. For general collections.
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"What better time to practice gratitude than before eating! This carefully compiled little book builds on the traditional recitation of grace before a meal with a collection of short musings, from diverse sources, meant to focus our attention on things profound and simple. The writings come from traditional religious sources, from philosophers and poets, and from every day people. They are 365 "soft whisperings from the heart" intended to bring your customers daily joy." -Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight (formerly New Age Retailer), October 2013 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beat
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157324855X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573248556
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This diverse collection of beautiful prayers and blessings contains themes which are relevant to whatever gathering I'm a part of. I have used the blessings to begin meetings, as part of a presentation, at family mealtime and for my personal inspriation. I have bought my own copy and have given two other copies as gifts. The language of each blessing speaks very powerfully.
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This book is much like Gibrahn's "The Prophet" in that whatever passage you turn to, it is the correct one for your meal's blessing. Whether it is a contemprary figure or Buddah, the author has compiled these prayers to give maximal contemplation without imposing secular overtones to the thought. I have just given away my copy to a close friend who immediately became absorbed.
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The entire collection is outstanding, but as we sat down for my grandson's eleventh birthday dinner, I flipped to page 7 and found the perfect reflection on the wondrous gift of being, in itself. It blessed our celebration.
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For well over 5 years I have been blessed by well-know and well-documented M. J. Ryan's collections of prayers and quotations of deep wisdom! Many of these have been left out of collections, such as, St. Ignatius' Prayer, ee cummings' "i thank you,God" Walter Rauschenbusch's deeper prayers, Daphne Rose Kingma's many faces, Thomas Merton, May Sarton, W B Yeats, etc. Only recently I searched and found 12 Native American Indian Prayers.

"So when Life Fades, as the fading sunset,
my spirit may come to you without shame."
(Native American Prayer"

One of the most succintly worded themes of the book is by Simon Greenberg: "One does not need to fast for days, meditate for hours at a time to experience the sense of sublime mystery which constantly envelops us." Represented are the unique riches from Seven Biblical quotes, The Buddha, Einstein, and Schweitzer!

Where else could one find such variety of Faith, mood, and/or source of healing alogside life-changing examples of Prayer, and Wisdom? They seem to be profoundly combined and edited! From a collector of Jewels of Poetry, Prayers, and Wisdom! ...Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood
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Format: Paperback
This is a nice collection of poems, blessings and short devotionals and they are categorized. I was looking for a book with more traditional blessings that appeal to a house with three teenagers and these selections are just a little too "devotional" and not quite what I was expecting.
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By Lync on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was exactly what I was looking for...

I am a devout agnostic, part-time Unitarian, with a young son in whom I wish to instill a sense of spirituality, even religiosity. One way I wanted try to do this was by starting a tradition of prayer at meal-times with him. Having no real experience in this activity, I ordered this book...

Organized by season, the prayers evoke an appropriate sense of time and place. The authors are widely varied, and all of the writings utilize wonderful imagery. I believe almost every prayer can be appreciated by people of all faiths, and even atheists who feel a need to express appreciation for what they have before them.

My 3-year-old son has memorized his favorite evening springtime prayer, which goes like this:

Come out! Come out!

From bogs, old frogs

Command the dark.

And look...the stars.

(not sure about the punctuation and I don't remember the author - I'm writing from memory...but you get the idea).

There are of course more traditional prayers than that. And I should mention that even though the title refers to blessings for the evening meal, there are several for morning-time as well, greeting the new day.
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I bought a copy of this book for all three of my daughters. We have used it at our dinner table for many years now as they were growing up and now they have copies to take with them into their own adult lives. Lots of inspiring, heart felt blessings that bring people together around the dinner table or where ever people gather for communion with one another.
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The book provides an excellent way to start conversations with your family about being grateful. We've also found it interesting to discuss the various authors. Love the fact that not all the quotes are religous based.
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