Seasons of Grace: The Life Giving Practice of Gratitude   -     By: Alan Jones, John O'Neil
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Seasons of Grace: The Life Giving Practice of Gratitude

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(PUBJossey-Bass)Organized around four seasons of the year, here is a cornucopia of practical advice, astute reflections, beautiful excerpts from literary and spiritual works, and moving true-life stories. "A book that will shout your name at different times on different readings,"---Episcopal Life. 253 pages, hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 253
Vendor: John Wiley & Sons
Dimensions: 9.3 X 6.3 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0471208329
ISBN-13: 9780471208327
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Author Bio

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.

Publisher's Weekly

Gratitude, Cicero observed, is more than just a virtue; it is the parent of all the other virtues. In Seasons of Grace: The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude, Alan Jones and John O'Neil explore the spiritual practice of gratitude, which can be expressed in acts as simple as writing a thank-you note, cleaning the house or meditating in the garden. Although the authors do not draw explicitly on Naikan Buddhism, their approach is astoundingly similar to Naikan, which emphasizes gratitude as the key to compassionate living. The book is beautifully organized into sections around the four seasons: spring is a time to appreciate the gift of a renewed creation; summer a season of frolicking in nature and enjoying some rest; autumn a contemplative period of introspection; and winter an interval of gathering with loved ones. Each chapter closes with "gratitude practices," offering concrete ideas of ways to cultivate and express gratitude. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Gratitude, Cicero observed, is more than just a virtue; it is theparent of all the other virtues.  In Seasons of Grace: TheLife-giving Practice of Gratitude, Alan Jones and JohnO’Neil explore the spiritual practice of gratitude, which canbe expressed in acts as simple as writing a thank-you note,cleaning the house or meditating in the garden.  Although theauthors do not draw explicitly on Naikan Buddhism, their approachis astoundingly similar to Naikan, which emphasizes gratitude asthe key to compassionate living.  The book is beautifullyorganized into sections around the four seasons: spring is a timeto appreciate the gift of a renewed creation; summer a season offrolicking in nature and enjoying some rest; autumn a contemplativeperiod of introspection; and winter an interval of gathering withloved ones.  Each chapter closes with “gratitudepractices,” offering concrete ideas of ways to cultivate andexpress gratitude.  (Publishers Weekly, January 27,2003)

"What do you say?"
"Thank you."
Maybe it's because we're always reminding our children to say it,or because our parents kept reminding us to say it, but we rarelystop and think about those two little words we use all thetime.
Thank you.
Don't just say it. Feel it. Try this. Close your eyes. Sit upstraight. Take deep breath. As you exhale think . . . thankyou.
Do it again, please.
Thank you.
Who were you thanking? God? The Universe? Yourself? No one inparticular? It doesn't really matter. It feels good no matter whoyou're thanking -- especially when it's for nothing, oreverything.
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent ofall the others."
Cicero said that and so do the Rev. Alan Jones, the dean of GraceCathedral, and John O'Neil, the president of the Center forLeadership Renewel, in a simple and wise new book called "Seasonsof Grace -- The Life-Giving Practice of Gratitude". (SFChronicle, January 26, 2003)

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