Gracious Living in A New World

Gracious Living in A New World

Finding Joy in Changing Times

Book - 1996
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In our rush for newer, quicker, better, we seem to be missing out on what we fundamentally crave, a calmer, gentler, sweeter, and more gracious life.

Is it easy to achieve such a life?
Definitely not.
Is it possible?
Absolutely, positively, certainly, yes.

In today's world of modern conveniences (voice mail, electronic mail, facsimiles, etc.) the work day for most North Americans has not been shortened, as anticipated and promised by the creators of these technologies. In fact, the opposite holds true, with management often expecting that more work will be produced in less time. People today are juggling family responsibilities, jobs, and social obligations. In their haste to achieve it all, something is still lacking.

In Gracious Living in a New World, Alexandra Stoddard offers her ideas for achieving a gracious lifestyle. Her inspiration stems from the experiences she shared with her husband, Peter, when they moved from New York City to a little cottage in a tiny sea-side Connecticut village.

Alexandra Stoddard's message is positive and practical. It is also relevant to everyone. City-slickers and village dwellers alike will find relief and refuge amongst Alexandra's trademark colorful pages. But most importantly, readers will find the inspiration to live a gracious life.

Publisher: New York : Morrow, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780688143374
Characteristics: xiii, 231 p.


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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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