House Blessings: Prayers, Poems, and Toasts Celebrating Home and Family

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The home has long been the center of our family lives. This is where we gather to create memories with family and friends and to find comfort and solace for ourselves. In House Blessings, best-selling anthologist June Cotner has assembled a moving collection of interfaith prayers, poems, and toasts that speak to the experiences we share in turning our houses into our homes. With 112 pieces collected from 38 writers, this little book offers a reading for every occasion. From housewarming to holiday celebration, ...

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Overview

The home has long been the center of our family lives. This is where we gather to create memories with family and friends and to find comfort and solace for ourselves. In House Blessings, best-selling anthologist June Cotner has assembled a moving collection of interfaith prayers, poems, and toasts that speak to the experiences we share in turning our houses into our homes. With 112 pieces collected from 38 writers, this little book offers a reading for every occasion. From housewarming to holiday celebration, from planting a garden to raising a family, gems of wisdom and inspirational selections celebrate all our most treasured moments at home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974848600
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 206,044
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

June Cotner is the best-selling author of more than a dozen anthologies of poems and blessings, including Graces and Wedding Blessings. She lives in Poulsbo, Washington.

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A "home" is more than the structure we live in. A home is an intimate physical space that spiritually connects those who dwell within. And blessing this space is a natural human inclination, as evidenced through the wealth of blessings and rituals spanning cultures and religious traditions.

My own home-based traditions, and deep love of home and family, compelled me to assemble this collection. The idea of a book to honor the simple pleasures of home was seeded by my good friend and gift-creating guru Jody Houghton. She suggested that a volume devoted to this universal idea would be an appropriate addition to my collections of verse. She was right.

This idea was instantly fueled by thoughtful submissions from contributors who shared sentiments that were both personal and all-embracing. The resulting treasure trove of wisdoms and insights, coupled with traditional sayings and blessings for the home and family, have blended into an enchanting collection that, like a happy home, is a delight to share.

So I invite you, dear readers, to bring this collection into your homes and hearts and be warmed by the blessings, meditations, prayers and poems herein that celebrate and honor that sacred space we call home. -June Cotner.
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