Gracious Living in A New World

Gracious Living in A New World

Finding Joy in Changing Times

Book - 1996
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In today's fast-paced world, as we juggle family responsibilities, jobs, and social obligations, we seem to be missing out on what we fundamentally crave: a calmer, gentler, sweeter, and more gracious life. In Gracious Living in a New World, Alexandra Stoddard offers a rich assortment of ideas for achieving a gracious lifestyle. As a busy professional and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who revels in the energy of the city and basks in the tranquility of the village, Alexandra is uniquely poised to help us smooth the frayed edges of our lives. Positive and practical, her path toward gracious living does not require money or "extra hands" around the house. When we give ourselves and others positive time and space, our life expands to gracious proportions: "We are surrounded by opportunities for living with grace--our own hands and our own hearts are all the tools we'll ever need."

Publisher: New York : Morrow, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780380726202
0380726203
9780688143374
0688143377
Branch Call Number: 170.44 Sto
170/.44/Sto 3588a4 1
Characteristics: xiii, 231 p.

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ilanaaq
Nov 29, 2009

I thought it would be a more enlightening how-to book on living graciously, but it kind of turned out to be half memoir and half Martha Stewart in book format. It was a lot about how she loves the colour of certain napkins in the morning sunlight, about how much joy she and her husband get out of polishing brass (I swear it’s mentioned about half a dozen times in the book – almost scary!)… not so much about how the reader can change his or her life or somehow make the leap from the rat race to ... well... polishing brass in the morning sunlight. It was interesting more as a biography than as a self-help book, and I had to push myself to finish it.

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