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Saying Grace: Review & Giveaway!

I’m willing to venture a guess that most cultures around the world have some tradition of saying thanks before a meal. Whether it is to a deity or to nature or to a farmer, it seems that we are all united in recognizing that the food on our table did not arrive there by chance, but by grace.

As most of us are preparing our homes and tables (and bellies) for Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to share this little book with you. I found it in the library and the publisher happily provided me with two copies–one for my table*, and one for yours.

Our table happens to be a Christian one, and so there is no shortage of table blessings in our house. All of our kids pray before meals, sometimes out loud, and sometimes quietly. Even the Peanut will (adorably) hold hands, bow her head, whisper some inaudible words, and say “Amen”. But I love the variety of prayers and blessings in this book, and I thought it might freshen up our meal-time prayers.

Saying Grace is a compendium of prayers, blessings, proverbs, sayings, and quotes from around the world. The editor has done a fabulous job of gathering widely diverse ways of saying grace–from reverent to humorous, from American to African, from Christian to Hindu. Interspersed among the blessings are delightful and colorful illustrations of people growing food, sharing food, cooking food, and harvesting food.

We keep this book beside the table and allow the kiddos the option of choosing a blessing to read. Sometimes they choose one that is funny and not entirely reverent, which is fine. After reigning in the giggles, we require that they follow up with a genuine prayer of thanksgiving. Sometimes the blessing is thought-provoking and sincere and we simply let the words rest over the table.

I guarantee you that no matter your culture, ethnicity, or religion you will find something in this book to delight your table at meal-time. Be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to add a copy to your home.

And for your Thanksgiving table, I offer you this blessing, from page 13:

Great God accept our gratitude,
For the great gifts on us bestowed–
For raiment, shelter, and for food.

Great God, our gratitude we bring,
Accept our humble offering,
For all the gifts on us bestowed,
Thy name be evermore adored.

Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard
(1861-1921), African-American Poet, Doxology

We are thankful to have the opportunity to share Saying Grace with one of you! This giveaway will begin Wednesday, November 21 and end on Monday, November 26 at 11:59 p.m.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment telling us something you’re thankful for.

* Review posts are my opinions on items that were sent to me free of charge. The items were given to me, but the thoughts and opinions are my own. I only provide reviews of items that I find to be truly worthy of recommendation.

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  • Sounds like a wonderful book! I’m thankful for my family!

    Krissa November 21, 2012 AT 9:53 am
  • I’m thankful for my one and only love!!

    Kelley November 21, 2012 AT 10:20 am
  • That sounds lovely…would love to go through that with my kids :) I am so thankful for family and for the abundance of good food available where we live!

    Rachel Turner November 21, 2012 AT 10:21 am
  • Incredibly thankful that I get to spend this holiday with my family – we moved to GA from NJ 2 years ago and we are grateful for every moment we get to spend together.

    Vickie November 21, 2012 AT 11:04 am
  • I’m thankful for giggling siblings who love to play together while Mom has to get a few things done around the house.

    Elizabeth November 21, 2012 AT 11:52 am
  • Sounds like a great book! I’m thankful for my husband. He is my very best friend.

    Shirley November 21, 2012 AT 12:48 pm
  • Thank you Lord for my husband , the gift you graciously gave me 31 years ago ……..<3

    kathy November 21, 2012 AT 3:01 pm
  • I’m incredibly thankful for a roof over my head, clothes to keep me warm in the frozen temperatures of Minnesota, and quite possibly the best and most loving family a girl could ask for, including, but not limited to my darling husband, Nathan! Praise God!

    Stephanie Anderson November 21, 2012 AT 3:46 pm
  • I’m thankful for my family, too – my crazy family who accepts me in all my craziness, too!

    Leigh November 21, 2012 AT 8:54 pm
  • I’m thankful for my fabulous husband and beautiful children who keep me on my toes. I’m thankful to have food to put on our table every single night. I’m thankful that I can simply be thankful…

    Amy November 22, 2012 AT 12:37 am
  • I am thankful to be a stay at home mom. The book seems like something I would enjoy looking through. I am going to check my library for it!

    sara November 22, 2012 AT 7:33 am
  • My gratitude begins with my family and extends to restored employment after several months of struggling in a very competitive field, thank you God!

    Amy November 22, 2012 AT 8:05 am
  • I’m thankful for God’s mercy to undeserving sinners.

    Ruth November 22, 2012 AT 8:21 am
  • In addition to my amazing daughter (of course), I am thankful for the many writers who have introduced me to simplicity parenting, living mindfully, eating nourishing traditional foods, and making things from scratch.

    Emily November 22, 2012 AT 9:09 am
  • We love our food, we love our butter, but most of all we love each other. I am thankful to live in a country that is free. I am grateful for all of us, friends, neighbors and family!

    Julie Drigot November 22, 2012 AT 9:40 am
  • I am thankful for my wonderful family, of course, and all of the amazing blessings of heaven; but I’m also extremely thankful that I can continually learn and grow and change for what I hope is the better, even as I’m aging.

    Jennifer N. November 22, 2012 AT 10:58 am
  • I’m thankful for all of the blessings God has given me and that I am able to give back to the community in many ways. He has allowed me to keep very busy teaching children about the environment at outdoor locations, working with senior citizens, teaching adults sustainable skills, coordinating a local Time Bank and operating a free market where struggling families come in to get free clothes and household goods. I’m also really thankful for those rare occasions when I get a full night’s rest :-)

    Debbie November 22, 2012 AT 1:47 pm
  • i am so grateful for my husband and 2 little boys. even though we currently live with food allergies, i know that God has healing in store for them. so in the midst of current stressful lifestyle, i give thanks to the Father who does not give us more than we can bear. happy thanksgiving!

    felicia November 22, 2012 AT 3:40 pm
  • I’m thankful to God for my family, who are my best friends.

    Ann November 22, 2012 AT 6:16 pm
  • No need to even think on this one! I’m thankful for my Lord & Savior, husband, children, and Plan to Eat! Seriously! I’m not even TRYING to make brownie points here! I told family who came to dinner today that Plan to Eat is my FAVORITE website of all time on the web. And I meant it! What it’s done for my meal planning & preparation is incredible. The one area I couldn’t seem to get under control & which stressed me out to the max. Not any more! I love it love it love it! I just got my membership in early September, so I have almost 10 months to go still, but I’m getting in on the 50% sale here shortly so I’m covered for almost two years! Thank you Clint & the Plan to Eat team!!

    Jean November 22, 2012 AT 6:37 pm
  • I am thankful for God’s amazing grace!

    Kim November 22, 2012 AT 8:17 pm
  • I am thankful for all the “big stuff” – my Savior, family, friends – but, silly as it sounds, I am also thankful for coffee. It tastes good, it warms me up, and it is so soothing to sit in a quiet house (I’m the first one awake) and enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet with a great cup of coffee. In good weather, I can sit outside on the balcony and enjoy God’s creation. Thank you Lord for coffee!

    Lynne November 22, 2012 AT 9:19 pm
  • I’m grateful for a family that loves to eat together, laughing and talking around the dinner table, sharing stories of their day. I especially love the ‘inside jokes’ that fly around. If someone else sat at our table, they might think we were speaking in code, but all of us know exactly what the person means. :) It’s takes closeness and time spent together to develop your own family ‘language’.

    Iris November 23, 2012 AT 2:01 am
  • I am thankful for faith, family, and friends. For my husband and his job, for my 8 healthy children, and the baby growing in my belly :)

    Partyoften November 23, 2012 AT 9:48 am
  • Sounds like a really fun addition to the family library!

    So much to be thankful for, but first and foremost a God who loves me unconditionally and blesses me despite my shortcomings :)

    Alicia November 23, 2012 AT 11:04 am
  • I am thankful for waking up each day to family and friends who love me unconditionally.

    Janeen November 23, 2012 AT 12:42 pm
  • this book sounds awesome and so great for my kids who sometimes stumble when it is their turn to pray before meals…..I am thankful for my children…the two loves of my life after their daddy!

    karen November 23, 2012 AT 3:02 pm
  • I am truly thankful for my family. I have Cystic Fibrosis and I am now 37 years old I have a 14 year old and a 7 year old. I had both naturally. No intervention. When I got married at 20 I was told becuase of the disease it would be extremely difficult for me to get pregnant. Yet the first time DH and I had sex without protection I had my first!! then we tried for a long time to have another and we decided God only wanted us to have one so we let it be. I never bought more contraception … why when we just can’t get pregnant and about 4 years later we were blessed with another girl. Living with CF can be hard but I don’t let it control my life and I teach the kids they can do anything. I love them greatly!!
    Every year I’m thankful to be around for another year and see my kids grow and to just have my kids!!

    Helena November 23, 2012 AT 3:44 pm
  • What a wonderful giveaway. In our family, everynight dinner and Sunday breakfast pancakes are our most special rituals. The kids often light a chalice to symbolize our Unitarian Universalist faith and they choose a blessing to say or we all sing, The Earth is Good to Me. I think a good dinner heals most of our daily wounds and I am so grateful for the gift of that nourishment. I really appreciate this service you offer, too, it is really great. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Amanda November 23, 2012 AT 3:45 pm
  • I am so grateful for my kids & husband. I don’t have words to express how amazing they make my life. :)

    Brooke November 23, 2012 AT 11:05 pm
  • I am so thankful that we live in such a wonderful country .

    amanda November 24, 2012 AT 6:20 am
  • I am thankful for much needed time off of work, and for extra time with my family.

    Tonya Ellison November 24, 2012 AT 9:15 am
  • I am first and most thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ and then for the wonderful family He has given to us.

    Sarah C November 24, 2012 AT 4:33 pm
  • My little girl who is almost two and my little angel in heaven.

    Melissa Hendrix November 24, 2012 AT 8:18 pm
  • I am thankful for soo much! I have a very loving husband is one. But I currently am giving the most thanks to my mom, who helped us buy tickets to mo to visit my husband’s family for the holidays even though it meant she would be alone. I wish she could have taken the offer to come with us.

    Jesilee November 25, 2012 AT 10:49 am
  • I am thankful for the life that allows me to awaken every day to “enough”. In a time when so many are struggling, I am reminded everyday when I look around, just how fortunate my family and I are; real food to nourish our bodies, a warm home when it is cold and a healthy family.

    Kelly Kasper November 25, 2012 AT 6:00 pm
  • I am so thankful for sharing my life with my husband. We have our difficulties, we’ve bridged two cultures, two very different families, and we are happy together. We were fortunate to buy our first house this year, which we have already been able to use to extend our hospitality to family and friends. I am thankful for my current employment, which is meaningful for me and I am grateful for how the people I serve and my emplower appreciate me.

    Melissa November 25, 2012 AT 6:46 pm
  • I am grateful for my healthy family and our new home. I am grateful that God has NEVER deserted us in times of hardship.

    Maribeth November 25, 2012 AT 8:38 pm
  • I’m thankful for bluegrass tunes blaring at the end of a 23 hr car trip that get everyone clapping and laughing and strumming air guitars!

    Sarah November 25, 2012 AT 10:21 pm
  • I’m thankful for my two little fellows who laughed and leaped and PLAYED on the playground at church today. I’m thankful for saying ‘yes!’ to them, that we could play after church. I’m thankful they stayed up a little too late, as I read one more book with them. I’m thankful my husband went to bed before my boys, so he can wake up early in the morning to pursue his passion, as he is back to school and diligently working hard every day. I am so thankful for my faith, and that I am learning to be content with what IS, rather than grumbling about what is not.

    Sarah-Anne November 25, 2012 AT 11:39 pm
  • I am thankful that there is ALWAYS something to be thankful fo – no matter what! Faith, family, friends and simple pleasures from our Good and Faithful God keep me forever grateful!

    Betsy November 26, 2012 AT 9:56 am

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