Seasons of Grace: The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude

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"In this beautifully written book, Alan Jones and John O'Neil deliver a timely antidote to the stressed-out, spiritually barren lives that too many of us accept as the price of success. This is a book that may both comfort and challenge you to change your life and the world for the better."
-Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love & Survival

"I love this book. It is packed with inspirational stories from the lives of the authors and their friends that illustrate how feelings of gratitude for even the smallest gifts and kindnesses and joys help us to live each day to the full. Reading Seasons of Grace will help you to cope with the hard times, to find the silver linings. It is a splendid, joyous, and enriching recipe for life."
-Jane Goodall, author of Reason for Hope and The Ten Trusts

"Most people are grateful because they're happy; wise people are happy because they're grateful. Thank you, Alan Jones and John O'Neil, for reminding us of this happy fact."
-Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., author of Essential Spirituality: The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind

"As gentle as it is wise, Seasons of Grace shows us everyday life as a joyous spiritual art: the art of receiving, day by day, the life we are given-every last bit of it."
-Jacob Needleman, author of The American Soul

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"In Seasons of Grace, Alan Jones and John O’Neil show us how to receive the Grace we have already been given. A must-read book for anyone who wants to live a full life."
–Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings

By taking the time to give thanks and experience gratitude for life’s everyday pleasures and surprises, we open ourselves to joy and wonder and plant the seeds for spiritual renewal.

Offering a cornucopia of practical advice, astute reflections, and beautiful excerpts from literary and spiritual works, Seasons of Grace will release you from stress by showing you how easy it is to practice gratitude in your daily life. Through inspiring real-life stories from the authors’ lives and those of their friends and the people they’ve helped in their work, you’ll discover that gratitude isn’t just etiquette or one more thing to do. Rather, it is a spontaneous response that will restore peace, awe, and a sense of well-being in your life. Seasons of Grace traces gratitude through the metaphor of the four seasons, charting the many hallmark occasions and often-surprising opportunities to practice gratitude throughout the year:

  • Spring: a season of rebirth and a time to appreciate the gift of creation, your family and heritage, and the importance of spring cleaning in every sense of the term;
  • Summer: a season to give thanks for being alive, explore gardens filled with beautiful flowers, meet your fears, appreciate the healing power of play and the magic of your five senses, and experience healing rest;
  • Autumn: a season to reflect on what it means to be alive, discover authenticity, enjoy transformative journeys, feed your mind and spirit, and find your own true life story;
  • Winter: a season to gather around the table with loved ones, celebrate life’s bounty, enjoy the holidays with friends, do what you can to change the world, and be grateful for being a mortal creature who is alive right now.

A grateful heart is vital to realizing a fully human life. Discover the transformative power of gratitude in your own life with the inspirational guidance of Seasons of Grace, a book destined to become a spiritual classic.

About the Author:

ALAN JONES, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest and Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco as well as an author of several books, including Soul Making, Exploring Spiritual Direction, The Soul’s Journey, and Passion for Pilgrimage. His sermons are regularly delivered on the internet through gracecathedral.org.

JOHN O’NEIL is President of the Center for Leadership Renewal and an advisor to leadership teams, a director of numerous company and foundation boards, and the author of The Paradox of Success and other books.

DIANA LANDAU is a freelance writer.

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