Family Celebrations: Prayers, Poems & Toasts For E

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The prayers, poems, and toasts in Family Celebrations can be used by all family members to celebrate any occasion. They are spiritually inspiring and uplifting, and the selections are fitting for any tradition. The entries are written by both contemporary and classic authors and are divided into thematic sections, serving as an aid for those in search of a prayer, poem, or toast to fit a particular mood or occasion.
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Overview

The prayers, poems, and toasts in Family Celebrations can be used by all family members to celebrate any occasion. They are spiritually inspiring and uplifting, and the selections are fitting for any tradition. The entries are written by both contemporary and classic authors and are divided into thematic sections, serving as an aid for those in search of a prayer, poem, or toast to fit a particular mood or occasion.
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Editorial Reviews

Nancy Haught
Here's to a collection of toasts that will rescue our celebrations.
There are times when even a tried-and-true toast like "Here's mud in your eye" doesn't quite cut it.

For those times - occasions like Mother's Day, Father's Day, family reunions, graduations and weddings - June Cotner has come to the rescue.

"Family Celebrations: Prayers, Poems, and Toasts for Every Occasion" is the fifth anthology the Poulsbo, Wash., editor has pulled together since she published "Graces" in 1994.

After sifting through hundreds of toasts, traditional and original, Cotner concluded that the best ones are short, inclusive and meaningful to as many guests as possible. If it's elegant or eloquent, that's icing on the cake.

One of her favorites is an all-purpose toast she heard from a fellow yoga student. It was one his dad often used: For a thousand days like today.

"It's short and optimistic," Cotner says. "It says that we who are gathered here have had such a great day and we're going to have many, many more of them.
The Oregonian

Paul Cobb
At loss for words? Author has remedy
Book selections help to set mood for special events

Do you need words for a traditional Sunday afternoon Mormon family gathering, a Hanukkah thanksgiving, a Christmas prayer, a Kwanzaa commitment, an Earth Day pledge, a Mother's or Father's Day toast, grandparents day, birthdays, christenings, Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Valentine's Day, Easter or a New Year's toast? Cotner's collections seem appropriate.

Words for wedding toasts, a daughter's wedding, a parent's wedding, "soul mate" pledges, or even for a second marriage, are presented in an attractive wide format that allows one to put notes, dates and names in the margins to mark the events.

Some of the works included in the book are from Carl Sandburg, William Shakespeare, Rumi the Sufi poet, Dag Hammarskjold, Kahlil Gibran, George Eliot, Margaret Anne Huffman and James Bertolino. Rudyard Kipling's classic "If" is paired with Doris Land Mueller's "If for Mothers."

If one wants to bless an athlete, toast a tooth fairy, honor a stepfamily, appear smart at a graduation, acknowledge a new job, have some "moving" words for a move to a new home or just to appreciate a family pet, it's all in the book too.
The Oakland Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836278569
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 5.64 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

FAMILY CELEBRATIONS
  • 1. General Toasts
  • 2. Graces
  • 3. Weddings
  • 4. Anniversaries
  • 5. New Babies
  • 6. Christenings
  • 7. Birthdays
  • 8. Graduations
  • 9. Family Reunions
  • 10. Appreciating Siblings
  • 11. Housewarmings
  • 12. Memorial Services
  • 13. Holidays
  • 14. Special
  • 15. Benedictions
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2004

    never lost for words again!

    This small book if FULL of meaningful Prayers,Poems and Toasts. For any and all occasions. I've used this book many times and will be giving it as a gift to several friends this Christmas.

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