Ordinary Blessings

Prayers, Poems, and Meditations for Everyday Life

Ordinary Blessings

Prayers, Poems, and Meditations for Everyday Life

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The ordinary moments of life can be sacred, if we simply take a moment to notice. This collection of prayers, poems, and meditations offers a brief respite from the hectic, harried pace of our days. Open it when the spirit moves you or when the spirit feels distant--the words will be here to inspire, calm, and encourage you either way.

From gifted poet and empathetic pastor Meta Herrick Carlson, Ordinary Blessings collects blessings for loving yourself, enduring hard things, authenticity, living with others, and the rhythms of each day. Pause, take a deep breath, and open these pages to find that you've been standing on holy ground all along.

Endorsements

An invaluable blessing

"With a friendly, approachable, soothing, and holy voice Meta Herrick Carlson brings the sacred into everyday life—an invaluable blessing."

Angela Denker | author of Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters who Elected Donald Trump

Ordinary Blessings embodies the good news of God's full presence with us no matter when or where we may be

"Too often, we consign divine blessings to moments we ourselves deem 'holy enough.' Ordinary Blessings embodies the good news of God's full presence with us no matter when or where we may be, offering space for the spectrum of emotions to be embraced by unconditional love and the promise of goodness to come."

Emmy Kegler | author of One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to the Margins

Refreshingly honest, funny, and kind

"Ordinary Blessings is a gift to anyone paying attention to the emotional rollercoaster of being alive in the world. It is refreshingly honest, funny, and kind, enabling people of any, or no, faith tradition to consider what it means to offer blessing in the face of our day-to-day lived experiences."

Jill E. Crimmings | Associate Rabbi at Bet Shalom Congregation, Minnetonka, MN

Ordinary Blessings gently acknowledges the times where we may feel isolated in loneliness, joyful together in celebration, and every space in-between

"From the most routine moments in life, like walking in bare feet or looking in the mirror, to some of the most remarkable moments, like coming out or sending a child into the world, Ordinary Blessings gently acknowledges the times where we may feel isolated in loneliness, joyful together in celebration, and every space in-between."

Molly Gulsvig | early childhood educator and yoga instructor

Ordinary Blessings is a gift

"In Ordinary Blessings, Meta Herrick Carlson invites us to take a second look at our days through lenses of hope, abundance, and a sense of enough. Her writing is accessible and beautiful, dusting off our stale ideas of prayer and offering us God’s healing in the places we hurt the most. Ordinary Blessings is a gift."

Ellie Roscher | author of Play Like a Girl and How Coffee Saved My Life

Lifting up the extraordinary gift of everyday life and giving meaning to both its highs and lows

"In Ordinary Blessings, Meta Herrick Carlson helps the reader identify the Holy in the mundane, lifting up the extraordinary gift of everyday life and giving meaning to both its highs and lows. The poetry in this book will have universal appeal to everybody trying to live a life of meaning and intention."

David Locketz | Senior Rabbi at Bet Shalom Congregation, Minnetonka, MN

A beautiful resource

"A beautiful resource for remembering the blessings that surround us and the richness of daily life."

Sarah Super | founder of Break the Silence

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 4.38 x 7.12
  • Pages 130
  • Hardcover ISBN 9781506450612
  • eBook ISBN 9781506450629
  • Publication Date February 11, 2020
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