Moments of Grace: Meeting the Challenge to Change


In sections devoted to faith, courage, family, friends, self-love, dating, marriage, and work, Patrice Gaines reveals how she and others who have redeemed their lives arrived at their personal moments of grace. 192 pp. Author tour. National print ads & publicity. 50,000 print.

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In sections devoted to faith, courage, family, friends, self-love, dating, marriage, and work, Patrice Gaines reveals how she and others who have redeemed their lives arrived at their personal moments of grace. 192 pp. Author tour. National print ads & publicity. 50,000 print.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this affecting work, Washington Post reporter Gaines (Laughing in the Dark) explores those turning points in a life when an individual must accept change or suffer the psychological or spiritual consequences. Sharing her own painful history of drug addiction and of rape and physical abuse at the hands of men she loved, Gaines manifests an intelligent and mellow wisdom. She treats her own insight into her travails as spiritual awakenings, or gifts from God. Without preaching or cheerleading, she points out the powerful, life-changing lessons available in her experiences and in those of others. She honestly and compassionately describes the human tendency to avoid learning lessons and to refuse to make needed changes, and she exhorts her readers to find courage, perseverance and faith. Examining such topics as romantic relationships, friends, family and work, Gaines emanates the love, gentleness and peace she has found through accepting her own "moments of grace." An African American who has suffered much, Gaines faced "the challenge to change" and concluded that "Heaven was no longer a place where I could go if I was good; it was a state of being." (Feb.)
Library Journal
Award-winning Washington Post reporter, Gaines draws lessons from a tumultuous past of heroin use and abusive relationships to write about the demanding, often circuitous process of personal change. She also shares insights learned from the lives of many others who have applied faith and courage to change the circumstances of their lives. She addresses in specific chapters friends, family, work, dating, love and marriage, "a higher power," and perseverance. Gaines arrives at her observations with the tough detachment and clarity of a journalist who is, at the same time, a passionate advocate for the transforming power of grace to redeem the human condition. For most public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609801710
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 13
1 Riding the Wind: Faith 27
2 Square Sboulders and a Broad Back: Courage 53
3 Hands to Hold, Arms to Lift: Friends 65
4 Lessons of Kin: Family 80
5 If You Don't Have the Job You Want, Act Like You Love the Job You Have: Work 105
6 The First Person: Self-Love 133
7 The Real Mirror: Dating, Love, and Marriage 159
8 Beyond Romance: Universal Love 163
9 What About the Divine? A Higher Power 179
10 When You Get to the End of the Rope Tie A Knot and Hang On: Perseverance 189
Afterword 205
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