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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315865
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 15.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Spot of Grace" collects stories from all over the world of men, women, and children (and even a few animals) who have helped someone recognize the precious gift of their individual, unique, and powerful self, that "spot of grace". We all seek a spot of grace amidst the chaos and confusion of difficult times. What is a spot of grace? It is like a tiny shard of light, a luminosity that results from bringing the gift that only you can bring to the rest of the human community. This gift of the soul is what literally lights us up and gives our lives meaning. When we root into this place, we know how we matter, and even more, we know how the world matters to us. The first step of that journey is to recognize and embrace our unique "spot of grace," the part of each of us that is unique and powerful.These stories inspire us to embracing that spot that is often pointed out to us by a loved one, a mother, a grandmother, or even a stranger. Often we are instrumental in an important decision or pivotal moment in another's life without knowing it. By telling each other these stories, we are fostering a world in which we become refuge to each other, salve and solace.

We are helping create a world in which it will be possible for each person to recognize that they can and do make a difference. It is possible to live a life of meaning and wholeness if we use the unique gifts of our soul on behalf of what we really care about. Some, like the author's grandmother, have called these messengers "angels," but they are all people, people we meet everyday, who are willing to point to that bit of light, that spot of grace, and nurture it.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 April 2008
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Who are the heroes in your life? Has there been a special someone who encouraged your dreams, made you feel completely understood, or said a kind word at just the right time? Who is that special person who made a difference not by being rich or famous but by simply just being there.

Spot of Grace is an inspiring anthology of stories about those unsung heroes that changed a life. Various individuals share those most personal moments when someone stepped up to help them in a life changing way. In a society where we seem to value money and power over friendship and love, it is refreshing to see that the most important things we do have nothing to do with material possessions, fame, or fortune.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Maiden on 5 Oct. 2009
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Dawna Markova is a great author - she speaks simply about very complex things - I love owning this book - it would make a great gift for anyone (including yourself!)
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Gentle and inspiring stories of love and life. It shows if one goes about mindfully opportunities do crop up where we can make a difference.
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More Than 100 Stars Will Shine Brightly into Your Life from This Sturdy Little Volume 29 Mar. 2008
By David Crumm - Published on
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First, I don't know about you - but the skeptical side of my 30-plus years in journalism begins to rise when I pick up a new book and find that the author identifies herself on both the front and back covers as "cocreator of `Random Acts of Kindness'." Now, on one level, Dawna Markova's work as a consultant and as the author of an earlier book called, "Random Acts of Kindness," has promoted this idea in many quarters.

However, the idea itself is timeless spiritual wisdom, especially in Eastern traditions, and was not created by anyone alive today. And, the phrase that crystallized the idea is credited to writer Anne Herbert, who wrote: "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Inside her book, Markova does credit Herbert with the phrase.

But, let's set aside the specific way this book is promoted - because the heart of the book is as beautifully timeless as the idea behind "acts of kindness." This new book is a collection of very short, personal stories from more than 100 people talking about moments of realization, when these men and women glimpsed - sometimes just for a moment - that their lives have real meaning.

What I'm trying to say is this: Whether you've heard of Dawna Markova or not, whether you particularly care about her story (which she shares in the various sections of the book) or not - is really almost irrelevant in this instance. That's because the stars that shine brightly from this book are the 100-plus people who contributed brilliant sparks from their lives.

If you're among the majority of Americans, who tell researchers that you've got a fairly traditional religious affiliation - then, perhaps you already pick up day-by-day devotional literature in your parish or you get it from some other mainline source. For millions of regular devotional readers nationwide, that discipline often involves scripture verses and short meditations on the lessons from scripture.

If that describes your religious experience, then you may want to reach out and try this book for several months. For many Americans, you'll find that this is a nontraditional approach to exploring deep inspiration in your life. There are, indeed, traditionally religious people in this book. But the overall approach is broader than traditional devotional books - and it's refreshing, even liberating, to spend a season of the year exploring timeless truths we can discover in the lives of our neighbors.

This book is designed to fit comfortably in briefcases, purses or backpacks. My copy already has dozens of corners turned down on stories I want to read again. It's a sturdy little book designed for spiritually active people. So, grab a copy - and these folks will travel very well with you.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Treasured Resource for Inspiration 2 Mar. 2008
By Katie Davis - Published on
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Spot of Grace is a gift that could be your treasured resource for daily inspiration. In elegant, poetic, yet practical language, Dawna Markova has compiled a collection of encouraging short stories that highlight the moment when people have discovered grace. With a focus on the purpose and passion of the human spirit, rather than our problematic differences, Dawna opens a window, through which we may appreciate the qualities of spirit in one another, while we nurture and sustain humanity.

Katie Davis, Author, "Awake Joy"
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Uplifting stories for anyone 22 July 2008
By Sally Kline - Published on
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I have nearly finished this wonderful book of stories. They are stories written by many people from all over the world. Each one is a tale of how the life of the writer was touched by a spot of grace from another human being or life experience. My favorites so far have been those that remind us how every small act can have a major impact on someone else and therefore ourselves. Small acts like generosity with time and talent that reach across time. Observations of the shared humanity of us all. Signs from animals and nature that show us we are not alone. Reading each story is like a warm meditation on human frailty and courage.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
something spiritual happened 17 Mar. 2008
By SouthAl - Published on
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This is probably not your normal review, but my experience with the book.

I was visiting my local bookstore and passed this book on a display table. I stood there and debated whether I should spend the money or not to purchase it. I decided not to and was halfway to the checkout but then something told me to go back and buy it.

That night I started to read it and read it from cover to cover with tears flowing from my eyes. Dawna's stories touched something deep inside that released something that was being buried inside.

My deepest thanks to her and her wonderful book and her insights on her website [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Special heartwarming stories that remind you of the best in everyone 10 April 2008
By Susan ZM - Published on
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This is a departure from my usual genre of materials I read, but I'm glad I did read it. Each story as I read it made me smile and reminded me of more and more great moments in my own life. The moments that you've put off in the back of your mind and that make you realize that you've really met some amazing people, had amazing things happen to you - not really grand things, but amazing nevertheless, you just didn't know or realize it when it happened.
What makes this book good is NOT that its got amazing stories of incredible things happening to people, but it recognizes what makes each of us "special" in the everyday-ness of just going about our life, jobs, children, pets, work.
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