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Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season by [McDowell, Lucinda Secrest]
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Lucinda's gift is that she plays richly the full octave of life -- shecan reach toward the sanctified high notes, and half a sentence later,draw us into the depths of the blessedly human heart and soul. It's herfluid interplay of light and shadow, high and low that makes her amaestro. She lays bare hurt and heartache, struggles and strain --striking a deep common chord, a sense of simpatico -- and then, beforewe finish the next in-breath, she fills us with reason for hope, forhealing, she fills us with sustenance. Ordinary Graces and theextraordinary Lucinda Secrest McDowell belong tucked close to the heart. She opens Scripture, draws me in to its sumptuous folds, like no one Iknow. She is pure love -- and her words, and her heart, come filled with a tenderness you never want to let go.
-     Barbara Mahany, author of Motherprayer and Slowing Time

Both eloquent and profound, Ordinary Graces will infuse your heart withwonder through  a fresh take on ancient words. Lucinda excavates andlays bare the hidden riches of a single word, proving that the richesare stored in the secret places (Isaiah 45:3), not to be skimmed off the top by the casual observer, but mined from the deep.
  -  Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Executive Director of The Praying Life Foundation, author of Live a Praying Life ®

Ordinary Graces is filled with sweet surprises.  Lucinda Secrest McDowellpresents her readers with one powerful word gift a day.  She skillfullydefines it within a biblical context, and then challenges us to take anaction step.  This devotional will transform the way you live each day. I highly recommend it!
-    Carol Kent, speaker and author He Holds My Hand

When I buy a devotional, I want to know that I'm getting profound insightsthat are theologically grounded, yet relatable to my everyday, ordinarylife. That's exactly what Lucinda Secret McDowell offers in OrdinaryGraces. I wanted to underline something in every paragraph, and I foundmyself reflecting on her words when I went about my day as a mom and awife. This beautiful devotional will minister to your heart and lead you straight to the source of all grace: Jesus.
-    Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol

Little did Lucinda Secrest McDowell know that my 'life verse' is John 1:16:'For of His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.' InOrdinary Graces, Lucinda has conveyed the strategic importance oflooking for and finding God's grace in our everyday lives. His gracedoes transform our lives. Gently. Tenderly. Wonderfully. The words shehas chosen are exquisitely real and important to my life--and yours.Indulge in the grace-filled truth she is sharing. Take it for yourself.
-    Ruth Graham, author In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart

Whether read one day at a time or in a season of refreshing, Ordinary Graces by Lucinda Secrest McDowell offers focused reflection on key,attitude-altering words. McDowell's interweaving of quotes from otherthoughtful considerers adds even more depth to the beautifully expressed ponderings. 
-    Cynthia Ruchti, author Mornings With Jesus and As My Parents Age

In Ordinary Graces, Lucinda skillfully guides us through a daily word that will help us begin to comprehend the unfathomable grace of God.Practical and powerful, this book will be a recurring reminder toreaders of all ages of just how much God favors us and wants us to excel through His love.
-    Deborah Smith Pegues, bestselling author of 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue

Ordinary Graces is an excellent short daily devotional, including Scripture andpractical ways to put the presence of God in the forefront of our day.Each day features a word we use in our everyday lives which LucindaSecrest McDowell knows how to capture in an excellent illustration.  She writes beautifully and succinctly of the things we need to hear,usually with some humor and sharing a fascinating story. At the end ofeach day's devotion, she writes a short intimate message from God to us, always aligned with the truths of Scripture. I highly recommend thisbook for anyone seeking to grow in knowing God.
-    Valerie Elliot Shepard, author Devotedly, Jim (letters of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot)

What a delight to slow down for a few minutes of quiet with this beautifully written devotional, Ordinary Graces.  In a world of hurry, Lucinda'swords remind us there is grace and strength available if we will juststop to receive.  Each day's reading will speak to you from Scriptureand change your life for the better. 
-    Arlene Pellicane, author of Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life

In the beginning was the Word ... and there were words ... and they allhad meaning and they were good for the spirit of man. And then LucindaSecrest McDowell came along and took ordinary words and ushered inordinary graces. These are the words you'd expect in a book such asthis, words like gift and life. But there are also words one doesn'texpect, words like broken and anger. And perhaps my favorite word ofall, sleep. In Ordinary Graces, Lucinda gives us a glimpse of theordinary to the extraordinary, highlights of her heart, and momentswithin the heart of God. Close enough to hear His heartbeat.
-    Eva Marie Everson, CBA Bestselling Author, President, Word Weavers International

Ordinary Graces is the sort of book I can return to again and again for wise and gracious words that encourage, challenge, inspire, and comfort. A feast for the soul.
-    Sharon Garlough Brown, author Sensible Shoes novel series

Author Lucinda Secrest McDowell has given us an extraordinary book with hernewest release, Ordinary Graces, Word Gifts for Any Season. Althoughthis wonderful resource is one you'll always want close at hand, it'salso one that you'll find yourself sharing with those you meet who needencouragement and hope. McDowell is an author you'll turn to again andagain when you're looking to connect with our Heavenly Father in adeeper, more intimate way. Truly a book that is a gift to us all.
-    Edie Melson, Award Winning Author, Blogger, and Speaker

Lucinda always brings me to a place  closer to God, deeper in the Word, happier in relationships and more joyful in life with Ordinary Graces.
- Pam Farrel, author of 45 books including Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti and 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman

We all want to do something great for God. Ordinary Graces reminds us that we can miss the extraordinary hand of God in the everyday practices oflife. Through Scripture, thoughtful illustrations, and compellingquestions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reminds us to discover grace in theabundant life we already have.
-    Melissa Spoelstra, author Total Family Makeover

With warmth and wit Lucinda McDowell befriends us readers and shows us howto notice God's graces and promises in the everyday circumstances allaround us in Ordinary Graces. You will find scholarly insight andencouragement from each devotional reading from this masterful writer.
-    Janet Holm McHenry, author of 20 books including the best-selling PrayerWalk

About the Author

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 13 books including Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season and Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season?, has contributed to an additional 30 books, and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry “Encouraging Words.” An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers’ conferences and retreats, McDowell directs reNEW—retreat for New England Writing and has also worked in radio broadcasting and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in Connecticut. Find her online at

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  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 17, 2017)
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N7Z954O
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