Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson

“Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles Happen”

Everyday Grace by Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson’s Everyday Grace (Riverhead Books, 2002) is not only a book, but also a tool for any one of us who wants to bring a new sense of spiritual magic and empowerment into our life.

The book is organized in two parts. In the first half, the author introduces various principles based upon our co-existence with God. This serves as the foundation for the creation of spiritual enrichment and mystical empowerment that is needed in order to find a greater sense of grace throughout our existence.

Williamson points out that any one of us can be a mystic since a mystic is a, “spiritual practitioner, seeking not merely to understand the principles of spiritual awareness, but to embody them as best he or she can.”

Thus, Williamson addresses her readers by writing, “I have written this book as a traveling companion for the modern mystic, who goes through his day with the deepest desire to be in a world but not of the world ­ to be walking with her feet planted firmly on the ground, but thinking with her head soaring powerfully through the sky.”

The author’s philosophies presented in the first half of the book are memorable statements that may prompt us to become more proactive in striving to gain a greater sense of grace, gentility and integrity.

For example, Williamson writes, “There is so much love in the human heart, yet hatred is currently more committed than love. In the words of philosopher Edmund Burke, ‘ The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.’ Indeed, the forces of fear in this world are more disciplined, more courageous in a perverse kind of way, then are the forces of love.”

In the second half, the author explains how to incorporate these sacred principles into our everyday lives or as she describes, bringing the “wisdom and grace from the abstract realm to the practical realm.” Once these principals are interwoven into the challenges we face within our everyday lives, Williamson writes, “we can find more light within ourselves, and the world will begin to shine.”

She builds a road map, walking us through a day that holds a new perspective on life, which reaches beyond the scope of the trials and tribulations we face at the office and at home.

Williamson introduces her reader to a new life ­ a life relinquishing judgment upon others, harnessing miracles in the face of a mundane world and embracing quiet moments of peace, prompted by the grace and mystical power based on our relationship with God.

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Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. She has published nine books. She is a native of Houston, Texas, and has lectured professionally since 1983. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Today, Project Angel Food serves over 1,000 people daily. Marianne also founded The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a U.S. Department of Peace.