Days of Grace

Meditation and Practices for Living with Illness

Mary C. Earle, Foreword by Phyllis Tickle

Aug/2009, 128 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 thirty meditations, 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 thirty meditations provide a welcome means with practices inspired by the psalms.


Mary C. Earle is a poet, author and spiritual director, who teaches at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She is also author-inresidence at the Work+Shop, a ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas. She resides in San Antonio, Texas. Visit the author at her website

Phyllis Tickle is an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject. Founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, she is frequently quoted by media sources including USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, PBS, NPR, the Hallmark Channel, plus innumerable blogs and websites. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews, Tickle is the author of over two dozen books in religion and spirituality, including The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord.

“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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