Minneapolis Star Tribune
A new book from HarperSanFrancisco could be quite useful if you find yourself at a loss for words
when everyone is looking to you for inspiration. Do what most of us do: Take someone else's words
and use them. "Graces, Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions" is a
compilation of prayers and poems for many of life's celebrations and some of the everyday, as well.
Included are 13 sections for everything from prayers at meals to thoughts for times of contemplation
and holidays, times for children and how to remember the Earth. There also are prayers from
around the world, short graces and even prayers for peace and justice.
There are some standards included, but also whimsey and some that simply touch the heart.
New Age Journal
GRACES: PRAYERS AND POEMS FOR EVERYDAY MEALS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
(HarperSanFrancisco 1994) began as a notebook in which June Cotner collected favorite prayers and
reflections from friends and family. Cotner has arranged her 133 offerings by theme, drawing from
many cultural traditions and including such originals as a grace for dieting and a springtime prayer
of thanks for lilacs.
Saying grace at mealtimes is a time-honored 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-a best-selling author The
Home Design Handbook-compiled a notebook of poems, prayers and songs that she solicited from
friends, strangers, family members and ministers. She has turned her family's well-worn notebook
into this elegantly packaged edition, which can take a rightful place on the table complementing the
finest of table settings.
Arranged by 13 themes, the book contains poems, prayers, songs, invocations and salutations by
figures as diverse as Leunig and Browning, Emerson and Starhawk, Kahlil Gibran and Schweitzer.
Whether the call is for a Sanskrit salutation to the dawn, a Gaelic blessing or an ancient Chinese
prayer, Graces offers fitting words for every occasion.
Cotner drew from her collection of 133 original, traditional and multicultural blessings in compiling
the book. Realizing that one of the rewards of family dinner-or group dinners-is the fellowship,
these blessings offer an opportunity to share wisdom and insight with family and friends before,
during or after meals or special gatherings.
Read an Excerpt
We thank Thee God
as we watch
the distant hills
above the filmy, white mist
and gently touch heaven
awakening the sun
for another day.