Graces: Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions

Graces: Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions

by June Cotner


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Saying grace at mealtimes is a timehonored tradition for many families and a newfound source of spiritual connection for others. Whether you are a master at giving the blessing or fairly new at this sacred art, Graces will bring inspiration to your meals and special gatherings.

Seeing the need for such inspiration at her family's table, June Cotner compiled a notebook of poems, prayers, and songs that she solicited from friends, poets, family members, and ministers. She has turned her family's well-worn notebook into this elegantly packaged edition, which will complement your finest table setting.

Arranged by thirteen themes, this beautiful giftbook contains 133 poems, prayers, songs, invocations, and salutations that span the centuries and draw from many traditions. Includes work by Robert Browning, Walt Whitman, Starhawk, Chief Seattle, Helen Keller, Kahlil Gibran, Saint Francis of Assisi and Albert Schweitzer. From prayers at mealtime and special holiday graces to a Gaelic Blessing, or an ancient Chinese Prayer, Graces offers fitting words for every occasion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573245784
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

June Cotner is the author or editor of 28 books, including the best-selling

Graces, Bedside Prayers, and Dog Blessings. Her books altogether have sold over one million copies.

June's latest love and avocation is giving presentations on "Adopting Prisoner-Trained Shelter Dogs." In 2011 she adopted Indy, a chocolate Labrador/Doberman mix, from the Freedom Tails program at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, WA. June works with Indy daily to build on the wonderful obedience skills he mastered in the program. She and Indy have appeared on the television shows AM Northwest and New Day Northwest.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, June is the mother of two grown children and lives in Poulsbo, WA, with her husband. Her hobbies include yoga, hiking, and playing with her two grandchildren. For more information, please visit June's website at

Read an Excerpt

Morning Grace

We thank Thee God
as we watch
the distant hills
suddenly emerge
above the filmy, white mist
and gently touch heaven —
awakening the sun
for another day.

Joan Stephen

Table of Contents


  • 1. For Any Gathering
  • 2. Seasonal Graces
  • 3. For Holidays
  • 4. For Family Gatherings
  • 5. Native American Graces
  • 6. Traditional Graces
  • 7. For Children
  • 8. For the Earth
  • 9. Musical Graces
  • 10. Short Graces
  • 11. From Around the World
  • 12. For Peace and Justice
  • 13. For Contemplation

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