Teen Sunshine Reflections: Words for the Heart and Soul

Teen Sunshine Reflections: Words for the Heart and Soul

by June Cotner, June Cotner


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Believing that Wisdom is found in many faiths that offer fresh ways to connect with God, best-selling anthologist June Cotner has filled these pages with over 150 thoughts, poems, and prayers that will help you through the tough times, encourage you through challenges, and inspire you to achieve your goals.

Teen writers, including Nadia Kourehdar, and such revered spiritual leaders as Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and the Dalai Lama have important words to share about friends, family, emotions, spirituality, love, and other concerns of daily life — words for the heart and soul.

These reflections, often expressed as deeply personal con with God, will help you understand and express versations with your own innermost joys, doubts, and longings.

About the Author
June Cotner is the author of the celebrated Graces, Bedside Prayers, Get Well Wishes, Animal Blessings and Family Celebrations. She lives with her husband, two wayward dogs, and two stray cats in Poulsbo, Washington, just outside of Seattle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060005276
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/1902
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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God bless the friends
Who grace my life.

The ones who are bedrock,
Solid and steadfast,
And there forever.

The ones who are skyrockets,
Flashing suddenly into my life,
Bright and exciting,
But quickly gone.

The ones who are butterflies,
Soft and quiet,
Who enchant me briefly
And then fly on,
Leaving me with
A fond smile and
A heart full of memories.
Thank God for friends.

Sandra E. McBride

Teen Sunshine Reflections. Copyright © by June Cotner. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

Guard Me from Destructive Thoughts5
School Pals6
Deliver Us from Jumping to Conclusions8
The Hardest Part Is People9
Nobody's Friend10
I Was Wrong--Forgive Me12
In Spite of Everything13
In the End14
It Begins at Home15
A Blessing for Family16
How Much Our Words Mean17
Reflections on Relationships18
Do Not Worry21
I'm Never Alone23
A Voice Inside of Me24
You Are Not Alone26
Dialogue of Prayer27
Why Me?30
Reflections on Pain and Loss32
Angel Embrace33
I Believe in God36
Words of Comfort37
Who Am I Now?42
Do Not Be Afraid ...44
The Work of Peace46
Make a Pearl47
Unending Love48
Words of Encouragement51
4.Praise and gratitude53
The A-Z Prayer55
For All Things57
Mother Nature's School58
Most Richly Blessed59
This I Know60
God of Joy61
God, Thank You for Everything62
Natural Highs63
I May Never See Tomorrow66
5.Love, Kindness, and Forgiveness69
Thoughts on Love71
Love Is Patient73
If You Have a Particular Faith74
The Golden Rule75
Blessings of the Heart76
Reflections on Kindness77
Lord, Open Our Eyes78
Let It Spring from Love79
Thoughts on Forgiveness81
May I Reach Out82
Reflections on Individuality85
The Uniqueness of You87
The Voice89
Thoughts to Inspire90
Your Talent92
Let Your Light Shine94
Isn't It Amazing?95
What Is God's Plan for Me?96
Thoughts on Making a Difference97
Our Wings98
Until the End99
No Regrets100
Be Here Now101
If I Had May Life to Live Over102
I Hope You Dance104
Thoughts on the World107
Hate to Unite109
The Sacrifice of Halos and Wings110
A Response to the Holocaust Museum112
Stopping by a Candy Shelf115
Holy Wars116
Why All the Fighting?117
We Are the Children of the Future118
Prayer for Humanity119
I Wonder121
If Only123
Reason for Hope124
If There Is Light in the Soul125
Reflections on Tolerance126
On Going to Bed129
As People Turn to Sleep130
To Dream131
Fresh Start134
Sanskrit Proverb137
God Breathes138
The Gift of Life139
Every Morning140
Please Help Me Keep Calm141
Angel of God142
I thank You God for most this amazing143
Reflections on Spirituality147
A Pledge, a Promise, and a Prayer149
This Is How Prayer Should Be150
For You Under a Tree151
Voice in My Silence153
For Those Who Are Less Fortunate154
Dustin's Time155
Facing Eternity157
I Believe158
Answer in Extraordinary Ways159
The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi160
Whatever I Encounter161
The Serenity Prayer162
A Pueblo Blessing163
Sioux Prayer164
My Symphony165
Irish Blessing166
God Is Everything167
What If169
I Pray171
The Road172
Go Forth173
You and God174
Author Index176
Permissions and Acknowledgments179
Future Books for Teens186

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