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Overview (PUBJossey-Bass)Organized around four seasons of the year, here is a cornucopia of practical advice, astute reflections, beautiful excerpts from literary and spiritual works, and moving true-life stories. "A book that will shout your name at different times on different readings,"---Episcopal Life. 253 pages, hardcover.
Publishers Description Praise for Seasons of Grace "In this beautifully written book, Alan Jones and John O'Neil deliver a timely antidote to the stressed-out, spiritually barren lives that too many of us accept as the price of success. This is a book that may both comfort and challenge you to change your life and the world for the better." -Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love & Survival "I love this book. It is packed with inspirational stories from the lives of the authors and their friends that illustrate how feelings of gratitude for even the smallest gifts and kindnesses and joys help us to live each day to the full. Reading Seasons of Grace will help you to cope with the hard times, to find the silver linings. It is a splendid, joyous, and enriching recipe for life." -Jane Goodall, author of Reason for Hope and The Ten Trusts "Most people are grateful because they're happy; wise people are happy because they're grateful. Thank you, Alan Jones and John O'Neil, for reminding us of this happy fact." -Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., author of Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind "As gentle as it is wise, Seasons of Grace shows us everyday life as a joyous spiritual art: the art of receiving, day by day, the life we are given-every last bit of it." -Jacob Needleman, author of The American Soul
From Publishers Weekly Gratitude, Cicero observed, is more than just a virtue; it is the parent of
all the other virtues. In Seasons of Grace: The Life-Giving Practice of
Gratitude, Alan Jones and John O'Neil explore the spiritual practice of
gratitude, which can be expressed in acts as simple as writing a thank-you
note, cleaning the house or meditating in the garden. Although the authors do
not draw explicitly on Naikan Buddhism, their approach is astoundingly similar
to Naikan, which emphasizes gratitude as the key to compassionate living. The
book is beautifully organized into sections around the four seasons: spring
is a time to appreciate the gift of a renewed creation; summer a season of
frolicking in nature and enjoying some rest; autumn a contemplative period of
introspection; and winter an interval of gathering with loved ones. Each
chapter closes with "gratitude practices," offering concrete ideas of ways to
cultivate and express gratitude. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions Seasons of Grace: The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude by Alan Jones & John O'Neil has received the following awards and recognitions -
Nautilus Award - 2004 Winner - Spirituality category
Citations And Professional Reviews Seasons of Grace: The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude by Alan Jones & John O'Neil has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 01/27/2003
PW Notes and Reprints - 01/27/2003 page 256
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
ISBN 0471208329 ISBN13 9780471208327
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More About Alan Jones & John O'Neil
ALAN JONES, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest and Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco as well as an author of several books, including Soul Making, Exploring Spiritual Direction, The Soul's Journey, and Passion for Pilgrimage. His sermons are regularly delivered on the internet through gracecathedral.org.
JOHN O'NEIL is President of the Center for Leadership Renewal and an advisor to leadership teams, a director of numerous company and foundation boards, and the author of The Paradox of Success and other books.
Reviews - What do customers think about Seasons of Grace: The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude?
Hope and Light in a Dark Time Mar 1, 2003
In the midst of a non-stop barrage of fearfull news, and tragedy upon tragedy, it is most helpful to be able to refresh one's spirit, one's soul. This book provides a soul-restoring breather and more. With its live examples, and helpful instructions about how to find reasons for gratitude, and how to share, I feel calmer, with a renewed sense of optimism. This is no preachy text. Yet clearly it is inspired by a pair of lives lived with a strong sense of the eternal. I find comfort and guidance in their stories and lessons.
Now, my task is to try to limit the number of friends to whom I will send the book. So many of us need the encouragement, need the sense of wonder that courses through this work. I am grateful for its appearance in my hands, for its messages in my life.
Read, enjoy, follow...
This book can change your life Jan 5, 2003
I don't know about you, but I've been pretty cynical the last couple of years. Watching TV has become almost intolerable. The economy ..., world peace seems like a ridiculously impossible dream, and the environment is paying the price of the money-mongers in charge of most governments. This book helped me see the rainbow in the middle of the storm. SEASONS OF GRACE showed me how that just being alive is a miraculous gift. Being grateful does not mean just sitting back and taking whatever those "in charge" will try to fob off on us -- it means being mindful and practicing gratitude for the gifts we have been given, while we mobilize to change the world for the better. Money-mongers, watch out.