Grateful Table: Blessings, Prayers and Graces

Grateful Table: Blessings, Prayers and Graces


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What would happen if you sat down to dinner with the likes of Alicia Keyes, Jonathan Safran Foer, David Lynch, Morgan Freeman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Alton Brown, Neil Gaiman, Deepak Chopra and David Foster Wallace? Fascinating conversation, without doubt, and one of the things that all these folks have in common is that they practice gratitude and have a lot to say about it. These thinkers and luminaries included in The Grateful Table make this a thoroughly modern book of blessings, both heartfelt and deeply profound.

Saying grace is one of our loveliest traditions and one that has stood the test of time for good reason - it simply feels wonderful. Whether holding hands and praying to the heavens above or waxing poetic about the bounty of food, these blessings turn any group of people into family, connected by the power of gratitude. Compiled by the editor of and collaborator on the runaway bestseller Attitudes of Gratitude, Brenda Knight has employed the practice of gratitude for years. The Grateful Table is not your grandmother's book of graces. Filled with fresh voices and contemporary expressions, this book of blessings will make every occasion more meaningful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936740567
Publisher: Start Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,245,063
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Brenda Knight is the author of Women Who Love Books Too Much and Women of the Beat Generation, winner of an American Book Award. A scholar of medieval literature and modern poetry, she lives in San Francisco, California.

Nina Lesowitz has over fifteen years experience orchestrating parties for corporations and organizations throughout northern California. She has planned special events on behalf of hotels, restaurants, medical centers, architectural firms, book publishing companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Read an Excerpt

"Silent gratitude isn’t much to anyone."
—Gertrude Stein

"Every day I've got to be thankful that I am alive, and you never know—the cliche is, I guess, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow, so you'd better be at peace with whatever you got going at the moment.”
—Joseph Gorden-Levitt

"It turns out that bliss—a second-by-second joy + gratitude at the gift of being alive, conscious—lies on the other side of crushing, crushing boredom. Pay close attention to the most tedious thing you can find (tax returns, televised golf), and, in waves, a boredom like you’ve never known will wash over you and just about kill you. Ride these out, and it’s like stepping from black and white into color. Like water after days in the desert. Constant bliss at every atom."
—David Foster Wallace

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fun little book that makes you think and laugh with your family and friends! I wasn't expecting how different it'd be from other books with quotes and blessings, but it includes so many smart and inspiring people and their little tidbits of thoughts and gratitude. I like how mixed it is--some days it's a Bible quote, but the next day, it's Lao Tzu or Alicia Keys or Pablo Picasso. Definitely a great gift to get loved ones--I've ordered another one for my mother-in-law!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, love the purple hardcover. It's such a cute little size to hold and easily sits on a night stand so you can read it every day. Whenever I see a book with daily prayers or quotes, I always look up my birthday. (I think we all do this!) The quote was about giving, of course, but it put me in the mindset that giving is just as important as receiving on my birthday. Perhaps I should volunteer or do random acts of kindness next year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly lovely and lovingly put-together book. I use it every day and it is deeply inspiring. I love the mix of graces- from biblical to musicians !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Grateful Read! It has a different array of quotes from amazing writers, each addressing different topics. The book delivers a powerful message about the importance of gratitude and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very lovely book filled with meaningful quotations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great little gift book. The quotes are cute, inspiring, and moving. Everybody should have one blessing they hold dear. This book has so many to choose from! I personally love the quote from Tupac Shakur about the nature of roses that grow through pavement. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago