Days of Grace

Meditation and Practices for Living with Illness

Mary C. Earle

Aug/2009, 112 Pages, Paperback, 4 x 6

ISBN-13: 9780819223647



Using the metaphor of pilgrimage, this book invites readers to reflect on living with illness.

The heart of the book is a collection of 30 meditations, each followed by a reflection, a short prayer, and a suggested spiritual practice. The meditations voice the difficulties and the challenges of living with illness, and call the reader toward a deepening understanding, compassion and generosity. While the meditations intend to offer comfort, they are also written from the conviction that God invites us to grow even in these circumstances.

When living with chronic, terminal, or progressive illness, discovering a way to pray can be quite a challenge. These 30 meditations provide a welcome means with practices inspired by the psalms.

Mary C. Earle is a poet, author, and spiritual director, who taught at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She has written ten books about spirituality. Her titles include Marvelously Made, Days of Grace, The Desert Mothers, and Broken Body, Healing Spirit. She resides in San Antonio, Texas.

“This rich, wise, and comforting guide for those living with illness is a handbook of deep knowledge gleaned through lived experience. It is a blend of realism and humility, of questions and mystery – all delivered with Mary’s simple yet elegant style. She unmasks many illusions and reminds us that though our lives are ‘short and uncertain,’ there is unfathomable power each time we realize that we have another day.”—Paula D’Arcy, author of Gift of the Red Bird and Waking Up to This Day

"'s a valuable one for those who are ill, and their caregivers…Caregivers and patients both, could find Days of Grace helpful."—Lois Sibley

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