Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World

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Grace before meals is the prayer said most often in homes around the world, an act of worship common to every known society. The universal experience of sharing food fundamentally connects people to one another, to nature, and to the infinite. Expressing thanks for food represents a wonderful tradition that acknowledges bounty and our daily sustenance as gifts from the divine.

Bless This Food presents 160 timeless mealtime blessings in an easy-to-use format. The eloquent prayers and poems have been carefully selected from the world’s major religions, ancient traditions, and the work of great poets and thinkers, with sources ranging from Shakespeare to Starhawk, Tecumseh to the Tamil tradition, the North American plains to Pakistan. Each grace is introduced with cultural context and details about its history and evolution. Also included are two prayers in American Sign Language and the short prayer bless this food” in nineteen languages. The result is a unique kind of soul food and a recipe for gratitude at any mealtime gathering.

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"Cultivating gratitude is one of the most powerful choices you can make for your health and happiness. This book of blessings can help you do that on a daily basis."
-- M.J. Ryan, author of A Grateful Heart and Attitudes of Gratitude

"A precious gem of a book! Every home would benefit from owning it and sharing the delicious wisdom it offers. Focusing on the four most important forms of nourishment for human beings -- food, gratitude, awareness, and connection -- it reminds us to be aware of the sacred quality of what the universe freely offers. Bravo!"
-- John E. Welshons, author of When Prayers Aren't Answered

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Adrian Butash studied history and world cultures at Fordham University. A marketing and advertising professional, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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