In Grace, Guidance, and Gifts: Sacred Blessings to Light Your Way, Sonia Choquette has delivered a uniquely structured book that demonstrates powerful affirmations, prayers, and blessings intended to help the reader transcend the limitations of ego and soul, living blissfully under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
As Choquette explains, the soul is comprised of all of the experiences and emotions that have occurred over this and all previous lifetimes. It is our soul's purpose while incarnated in the physical world to learn and evolve, ultimately returning to Source. Spirit, on the other hand, is the remaining part of each of us that has never left the Divine and simply witnesses the experiences of the soul. When the soul and the spirit merge as one, the individual returns to Source. Through the daily experience of connecting with Spirit, asking for God's blessings, and being willing to receive those blessings, life becomes simpler and Spirit becomes more influential in daily living. One begins to recognize his or her own role as the co-creator of his or her individual life experience.
Choquette summarizes the three blessing bestowed upon all individuals to assist in merging soul with spirit. Those blessings are Grace, Guidance, and Gifts. Grace is God's divine support that allows us to remember that as humans we are limited and that we are supported by the Divine. Guidance, better known as intuition, is the subtle voice of the Divine that prompts us through our emotional responses and our hearts to act in honor of our highest paths. Gifts are given to us by God or others in the form of talents, skills, and personality traits that can be used to maneuver the rough waters of life.
In each section that follows, Choquette provides a brief message from spirit, explaining a force or concept that she then expounds on further through a daily morning prayer, affirmation, or invocation. With the intention of reading one message and prayer daily, the author suggests that the book becomes a part of one's daily routine, randomly selecting one of the readings and considering its message and impact throughout the day. The three sections that cover Grace, Guidance, and Gifts all include a daily mantra that summarizes the concept as well as a channeled responsive blessing from Source, whom Choquette refers to as Holy Mother-Father God, Creator of the Universe, and Source of all life.
Ranging in topics from fear and anxiety to intuition to friendship, peace, creativity, silence, courage, and a nearly endless array of other inspirational messages, Choquette offers short but profoundly inspiring thoughts as to how one can better live tuned in to higher purpose and a direct connection with the Holy Spirit. If this reader has one criticism of the book it is that it does not include an index or any sort of topic headers so as to help guide readers to the specific message being discussed. This would have been helpful should someone be feeling the need to quickly find those passages relating to a specific topic of interest or need for assistance. This is truly a book to be treasured and utilized time and again for inspiration and regular reminders that we are all created in God's image and remain divine beings of Source.