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A Grateful Heart
365 Ways to Give Thanks at Mealtime
Edited by M. J. Ryan
ISBN: 9781573245371
Book (Hardcover)
Conari Press
$16.95
5 1/4 x 7 1/4
280 pages
October 1, 2011


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“If you’re looking for new prayers to enliven an old tradition, try this.” – USA Today

"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 collection of beautiful blessings, contemplations, and prayers offers grace and gratitude for everyday mealtime, holidays, and parties.

Drawing from a wide range of religious and cultural practices, these 365 blessings celebrate friendship, love, peace, reconciliation, the body, nature, joy, and appreciation of the moment.

A Grateful Heart emphasizes the universal spirit from a variety of traditions, including blessings by St. Augustine, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, Helen Keller, Walt Whitman, May Sarton, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Beatles, among others, and from such diverse sources as the Tao Te Ching, the Bible, and Native American prayers.

M. J. Ryan is one of the creators of The New York Times bestsellilng Random Acts of Kindness and the author of The Happiness Makeover, How to Survive Change You Didn't Ask For, and The Power of Patience among other titles. Altogether, there are 1.75 million copies of her books in print. She is a contributing editor to Health.com and Good Housekeeping and has appeared on the Today show, CNN, and hundreds of radio programs. Photo credit: Sunshine Design Studio
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