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Small Pleasures
Finding Grace in a Chaotic World
Justine Toms
ISBN: 9781571745866
Book (Hardcover)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
$18.95
5 1/4 x 7 1/4
192 pages
August 28, 2008


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"[Small Pleasures] will help you to see and know yourself and the world in an eye-opening way. . .So read on and awaken to what lies within." -Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Magic, and Mudpies

"[Justine Toms's] mature spirituality shines in stories and examples that you’ll be delighted to read and to share. What a rich gift we've been given." -Joan Borysenko, PhD, co-author of Your Soul’s Compass

"[Small Pleasures] touches the heart or hits a nerve or inspires doing something on the spot. A wise book from a wise woman with a great inner kid." -Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, author of Goddesses in Every Woman

Small Pleasures is a collection of forty-nine short meditative essays that help readers to turn aside from their chaotic lives for a while to experience grace and possibility in the small, critically important things in life. Author Justine Toms divides the book into five sections, each with essays that draw upon her many connections and her wealth of experiences:

  • A Broad Horizon: How We See Ourselves in the World

  • Animals and Nature as Teacher

  • Be an Activist without Driving Yourself Crazy

  • With a Little Help from Our Friends--Circles and Friendships

  • Celebrations and Rituals


With a foreword by author Carole Lee Flinders (co-author of Laurel's Kitchen), Small Pleasures offers many ways for readers to "tune-in" to their daily lives and connect with what is good, meaningful, and beautiful.

Justine Toms is cofounder and managing producer of New Dimensions Media/World Broadcasting Network, a worldwide media communications group that seeks to explore the changing landscape of possibilities in the world today. For more than three decades she and her husband Michael Toms have been “changing the world, one broadcast at a time.” Justine has hosted many radio series, such as In Her Company: Deep Dialogues with Women of Wisdom and produced many award-winning radio series, including Deep Ecology for the 21st Century and Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature. She also serves as guest host of New Dimensions. Besides her radio work, she leads workshops on “Living Life on Purpose” and is co-author with Michael Toms of True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do. She is a founding convener of the Millionth Circle Initiative, a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to seeding, nurturing, and connecting circles of women around the world. Justine lives in Northern California.
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Foreword by author Carole Lee Flinders

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