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Spot of Grace: Remarkable Stories of How You DO Make a Difference Paperback – February 11, 2008
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Deepak Chopra, author of Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore
Get ready for your mind to fill with joy and delight and inspiration! You will not want to put this book down, and its magic will carry you a long way after you finish it.”
Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job
Please dip into this heart-floating stream of goodness whenever you need to remember that you do make a difference and that love really is the key.”
Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book
Dawna Markova not only sees the patterns in life that connect us all in dazzling relationships; she also writes about them magically and poetically. . . . Spot of Grace is more like a revelation than a book.”
Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
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However, the idea itself is timeless spiritual wisdom, especially in Eastern traditions, and was not created by anyone alive today. And, the phrase that crystallized the idea is credited to writer Anne Herbert, who wrote: "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Inside her book, Markova does credit Herbert with the phrase.
But, let's set aside the specific way this book is promoted - because the heart of the book is as beautifully timeless as the idea behind "acts of kindness." This new book is a collection of very short, personal stories from more than 100 people talking about moments of realization, when these men and women glimpsed - sometimes just for a moment - that their lives have real meaning.
What I'm trying to say is this: Whether you've heard of Dawna Markova or not, whether you particularly care about her story (which she shares in the various sections of the book) or not - is really almost irrelevant in this instance. That's because the stars that shine brightly from this book are the 100-plus people who contributed brilliant sparks from their lives.
If you're among the majority of Americans, who tell researchers that you've got a fairly traditional religious affiliation - then, perhaps you already pick up day-by-day devotional literature in your parish or you get it from some other mainline source.Read more ›
Katie Davis, Author, "Awake Joy"
I was visiting my local bookstore and passed this book on a display table. I stood there and debated whether I should spend the money or not to purchase it. I decided not to and was halfway to the checkout but then something told me to go back and buy it.
That night I started to read it and read it from cover to cover with tears flowing from my eyes. Dawna's stories touched something deep inside that released something that was being buried inside.
My deepest thanks to her and her wonderful book and her insights on her website [...]
I'm so glad I gave Spot of Grace a chance - I almost didn't buy it because I thought it might belong in what I call the "Chicken Soup genre" (Chicken Soup For The Soul, Chicken Soup For Women, Chicken Soup For Chickens, Chicken Soup For Arthritic Chickens, Chicken Soup for Grasshoppers Eaten By Chickens, Chicken Soup for Leaves Eaten by Grasshoppers Eaten by Arthritic Chickens.... Chocolate for A Woman's Soul, Chocolate for A Bulging Butt, Chocolate for A Diabetic Demise, Chocolate for Not Assaulting Your Husband When You Discover He Is Yet Again Not Actually Listening To A Single Word You Say...). I feared Spot of Grace might be a collection of tedious, poorly written, sentimental stories which meander to an ending that neither surprises nor inspires. Be assured, dear reader, Spot of Grace instead belongs solidly in the category I call "Literature Worth Reading.Read more ›
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This was a very meaningful book whose short essays have stayed with me over many years.Published 14 months ago by Cindy
This is a departure from my usual genre of materials I read, but I'm glad I did read it. Each story as I read it made me smile and reminded me of more and more great moments in my... Read morePublished on April 10, 2008 by Susan ZM