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Grace Notes: Embracing the Joy of Christ in a Broken World by Lorraine V. Murray
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Studio: Catholic Book Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.86" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2002
Publisher Resurrection Press
ISBN 187871869X ISBN13 9781878718693
Availability 0 units.
More About Lorraine V. Murray
Lorraine V. Murray, PhD, is the author of The Abbess of Andalusia, Grace Notes, Why Me? Why Now?, Confessions of an Ex-Feminist, and mystery novels, Death in the Choir and Death of a Liturgist. She's also a columnist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Bulletin, and works at the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University. Lorraine and her husband, Jef, live in Decatur, Georgia, and are parishioners at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Her website is www.lorrainevmurray.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about Grace Notes: Embracing the Joy of Christ in a Broken World?
A must read... Apr 21, 2006
Grace Notes is a book that will touch your heart and soul. It's obvious that the author is a very devout Catholic and has an awesome gift for writing and uses it well.
Many stories will have readers cringing, laughing, crying and smiling as they relate to her honest words of wisdom and truth.
The title of this book says it all..."Embracing the Joy of Christ in a Broken World." Readers will identify and be moved with many of the short stories. As the writer states in her introduction...."I pray this book will give you insights into the ordinary moments that reveal Christ's grace in your life. I pray that it will sustain you in bitter moments of sorrow and pain."
I first read this book three years ago and reread it recently because it was a selection for my Catholic Church's April book club discussion. There are several pages of questions for reflection and discussion sprinked throughout the book.
The resounding theme of God's love and salvation is abundant in every page...We are accepted in the Beloved. We are redeemed in the Blood of Jesus. We are saved by his Grace. My bet is once you read this book, you will buy many more copies to share with loved ones. Enjoy!! :
P.S. The author, Lorraine Murray is a guest columnist with The Georgia Bulletin and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. I have been avidly clipping her articles for years and sharing them with friends across the country. If you are not in the Atlanta area, you might want to check out her bi-weekly articles for the above organizations on the web.
A gentle conversation with a friend Apr 20, 2006
"Grace Notes" is a sweet, quick read. I love that the chapters are short, so when I need a little pick-me-up -- a reminder of God's grace, that it's REAL and alive every day -- I can just open the book. Lorraine's stories are everyone's stories. She describes how she learned of "God in the details," sometimes as her faith matured from childhood to adulthood, sometimes as a lightning flash moment, and sometimes the hard way, as she chose the winding path like we all do. None of us is perfect, but as the book reminds us, Jesus "can't resist" caring for us, all through our lives.
This one brings tears to my eyes frequently. You can't help being moved -- the author's sharing of her stories is a gesture of kindness. You feel like it's a gift from a friend.
A Delightful and Thought Provoking Read Apr 20, 2006
This book is an absolute joy. Lorraine Murray's wonderful message of hope permeates her essays. In her heartwarming stories she offers gentle reminders that Christ loves us and is with us on every step of our journey even though, in our struggles, we may not notice Him. This book is also a fantastic reminder of how easy it is to find God in His glorious creation if we just take the time to look. I highly recommend this book.
Allowing Christ to love us in our imperfection Apr 20, 2006
I had purchased and read Grace Notes long before I saw the email from a study group at my church, recommending this as a "must read." Lorraine Murray has a gift for meeting the reader where she is in her faith journey, for "touching a chord." Every chapter/vignette presents an opportunity to recognize past or present struggles in one's personal walk with our Lord. There are those who are fortunate to have never wavered from or questioned God's presence in their lives. Then there are those of us who experience conversion - metanoia - an ongoing, lifetime process. God isn't finished yet with any one of us. This book gently depicts real-life evidence of how intimately involved God is in our lives, our stuggles, our hopes and our joys. Ms. Murray is as deeply honest and human as one can get in sharing her personal faith journey. Her book is a good example of the verse from Scripture (John 21:7) when John, recognizing Jesus on the shore, was contemplative (he knew Jesus with his heart) while Peter, jumping in the water, was conquering (he was action in his imperfect humanness). Exactly what we're called to through Baptism: contemplative and conquering. Thank you, Lorraine Murray, for a sweet walk with our Lord.
Thank God for more enlightened and compassionate Catholics Apr 20, 2006
The day I began reading Lorraine Murray was the day I knew I had found a soul mate. Raised Catholic in very Catholic St. Louis, attending Catholic schools for 18 years, spending 1 year in the Convent, married to a Catholic for 40 years, raising 2 sons and working in social services taught me that the greatest commandment is LOVE. The compassion of Christ in the evolution of the Catholic Church over the past 50 years, and especially since Vatican II and even in the light of recent scandals has demonstrated to me the that the Holy Spirit is alive and well, moving in very mysterious ways but guiding and gracing His Church. As I become more and more proud of being a Catholic, thank you Lorraine for helping to restore my faith in the human condition, in the power of grace in helping us to love one another.