Seasons of Grace: The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude

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

"I love this book. It is packed with inspirational stories from thelives of the authors and their friends that illustrate how feelingsof gratitude for even the smallest gifts and kindnesses and joyshelp us to live each day to the full. Reading Seasons of Grace willhelp 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 arehappy because they're grateful. Thank you, Alan Jones and JohnO'Neil, for reminding us of this happy fact."
-Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., author of Essential Spirituality: The 7Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind

"As gentle as it is wise, Seasons of Grace shows us everyday lifeas a joyous spiritual art: the art of receiving, day by day, thelife 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 howto receive the Grace we have already been given. A must-read bookfor anyone who wants to live a full life."
–Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom andMy Grandfather’s Blessings

By taking the time to give thanks and experience gratitude forlife’s everyday pleasures and surprises, we open ourselves tojoy 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, Seasonsof Grace will release you from stress by showing you how easy it isto practice gratitude in your daily life. Through inspiringreal-life stories from the authors’ lives and those of theirfriends and the people they’ve helped in their work,you’ll discover that gratitude isn’t just etiquette orone more thing to do. Rather, it is a spontaneous response thatwill restore peace, awe, and a sense of well-being in your life.Seasons of Grace traces gratitude through the metaphor of the fourseasons, charting the many hallmark occasions and often-surprisingopportunities to practice gratitude throughout the year:

  • Spring: a season of rebirth and a time to appreciate the giftof creation, your family and heritage, and the importance of springcleaning in every sense of the term;
  • Summer: a season to give thanks for being alive, exploregardens filled with beautiful flowers, meet your fears, appreciatethe healing power of play and the magic of your five senses, andexperience healing rest;
  • Autumn: a season to reflect on what it means to be alive,discover authenticity, enjoy transformative journeys, feed yourmind 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, dowhat you can to change the world, and be grateful for being amortal 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 lifewith the inspirational guidance of Seasons of Grace, a bookdestined to become a spiritual classic.

About the Author:

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

JOHN O’NEIL is President of the Center for LeadershipRenewal and an advisor to leadership teams, a director of numerouscompany and foundation boards, and the author of The Paradox ofSuccess and other books.

DIANA LANDAU is a freelance writer.

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