The Woman’s Book of Prayer
Prayer takes many forms: Sitting in silence, walking mediation, using prayer beads or folding your hands every night and talking to God are all forms of prayer. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer. We are constantly communing with the Divine throughout our daily lives—even in the most ordinary activities. The Woman’s Book of Prayer will show you all the ways you can pray, so that you can find the methods that work for you.
Draw inspiration from a variety of sources: Comprised of both mindfulness meditations, prayer practices and selections of sacred texts, poems and blessings, The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, author of Prayers for Hard Times and Every Day Thankful, gathers words of encouragement, comfort and sustenance for women. From Peace Pilgrim to Psalms to Dolly Parton, this collection of power thoughts and purposeful prayers will help you get inspired, and more importantly, stay inspired.
Change your life by changing your prayer: Author Becca Anderson credits her recovery from a serious illness to the power of daily prayer. But she had to change the way she prayed and set off on an exploration of the myriad methods people use and uncovering the world’s best prayers. The Woman’s Book of Prayer shows how to change your life by changing your prayer. By carefully and consciously choosing affirming thoughts and deliberately looking for blessings at every opportunity, you will literally create a new life for yourself.
The Woman’s Book of Prayer will help you:
- discover how to focus on what you DO want, not what you don’t want
- learn how to make your prayers positive and affirming
- find out how to get more of what you want in your life
The Crafty Gardener
100 Ideas, Crafts and How-tos for Gardeners
Awakening the gardener in all of us: Gardening allows us to live in a much more human way, grounded in nature and connected to Mother Earth and all she provides. Even if your garden is just a hanging basket of cherry tomatoes or a windowsill filled with herb pots, you will still reap the benefits of gardening.
DIY crafting and gardening: Gardening adds pleasure to your life and gives you a sense of calm. With your garden, you are quite literally growing a bounty of blessings. Lifelong gardener and bestselling author Becca Anderson has put her love of crafting and of gardening together in this book of inspired DIY ideas.
More than a gardening book: Along with gardening tips and secrets for growing flowers, herbs and veggies, Anderson shares dozens of how-to’s in this delightful guide on making candles, potpourri, bath salts, essential oils, floral waters, tinctures, liquors, pickles jams and even fountains, birdhouses and fairy doors. The perfect gift for any gardener!
Readers will learn:
- Time-tested gardening secrets
- How to garden in big and small spaces
- Recipes for home-grown vegetables and fruits
- How to preserve and ferment
- How to make DIY garden decorations and fixtures
- Anderson’s own gardening stories that will inspire, motivate, and lift the spirit
A gardening book filled with DIY projects, wisdom, and joy
The Buddha’s Guide to Gratitude
According to Buddha, “You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” Being thankful is one of the most powerful tools we humans have to attain peace of mind and a measure of happiness. As it turns out, Buddha had quite a lot to say on the subject of gratitude, including citing it as one of the four keys to the Gate of Heaven. Why is this? Perhaps the sheer simplicity of gratefulness is large part of this as it is available to all of us at any time. Even in the midst of over busyness, stress and chaos, we can find plenty to be glad about. Take time to stop each day and count your blessings. This can be a prayer or mindfulness mediation, whichever works for you. Yet, this lovely, uncomplicated approach may well change your life.
Studies show—and experts counsel—that gratitude is a key component of our own happiness. People who are grateful about events and experiences from the past, who celebrate the triumphs instead of focusing on the losses or disappointments, tend to be more satisfied in the present. In a lecture, Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh stated, “With all I have experienced in my own life, the power of gratitude stands above everything else. In your mindfulness practice, use gratitude until it becomes your way of life.”
Gratitude moves us to do all kinds of things inspired by joy. Gratitude can help us transform our fears into courage, our anger into forgiveness, our isolation into belonging, and another’s pain into healing. Saying “Thank you” every day will create feelings of love, compassion, and hope. But the fact is, the art of living—for that is what we speak about when we speak of gratitude—isn’t something that comes naturally to most people. Most of us need to work intentionally to increase the intensity, duration, and frequency of positive, grateful feelings—a daunting challenge indeed. But fear not, this workbook is here to help! Inside we have provided you with mindful meditations, hands-on exercises, profound practices, inspiring quotations, space for writing, thought-provoking questions, and even positive “power tools” that will help you build a more grateful life.
Prayers for Calm
Do you find your mind racing in the fast-paced and sometimes overwhelming world? Can it be hard for you to calm your thoughts enough to see the bigger picture, only to find yourself looking back later and wishing you could have found a way to gain control? Prayers for Calm is a collection of quotes, meditations, prayers, and affirmations from many walks of life and all around to world to restore a sense of tranquility, peace, and centeredness. The collection is from centuries’ worth of wisdom and is meant to bring some direction back into what may be a chaotic time. The hope is that these words from people who have experienced similar feelings will speak to your soul and help you get back on the path to spiritual wellness and healing.
Prayers for Hard Times
The simple act of prayer can heal―not only spiritually and emotionally, but even physically. Author Becca Anderson credits her recovery from cancer to God’s help and the power of prayer. The pages in this quote book invite you to ponder the timeless words of the Holy Bible, but you will also find the wisdom of spiritual teachers and insights of people such as Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Elie Wiesel―who faced difficulty, only to survive or even grow through their troubles. Prayers for Hard Times not only weaves these wise words into a tapestry of comfort, consolation, and renewal, but also offers focused prayers for those times when our troubles seem altogether “too much” to bear alone. These prayers address a wide variety of specific difficulties―including illness, the loss of a loved one, divorce, anxiety, depression, and addiction―alongside the challenges communities face, such as responding to natural disasters, economic difficulties, and the needs of veterans and those serving our country at home and abroad. Prayers for Hard Times offers reassurance, help, and hundreds of prayers for what your heart needs in times of trouble.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Think Happy to Stay Happy
Sometimes happiness can feel evasive. You want to be happy, but you feel as if you just can’t figure out how. Think Happy to Stay Happy is here to help. In this quote book, Becca Anderson brings you fifty chapters filled with positivity ideas and inspiration to help you learn how to be happy. Discover how to make a personal “gratitude adjustment”–how to change your mindset for the better. All of the world’s wisdom traditions agree that states of “higher being” are not attained by stumbling around an unmarked road to“blisstown.” Instead, they result from inner work and self development. Think Happy to Stay Happy is here to help start you on your journey towards real bliss.
Real Life Mindfulness
Real Life Mindfulness is a series of quotes and reflections that can illuminate every aspect of life. Author Becca Anderson offers readers guidance on using the opportune moments within the busyness of life for spiritual self-care. In the same way we lovingly tend a garden, so does our soul require nourishment and attention. By following the suggestions in this gentle guide, you’ll be able to focus on becoming more fully awake to who you really are. A welcome respite for anyone whose gear shift is perpetually in overdrive, Real Life Mindfulness is an invitation to rest, find peace, awaken, and remember. It offers deceptively simple wisdom to help readers sharpen their senses and make room for life. In just a few minutes a day, Real Life Mindfulness will bring you the calmness and clarity that an over-demanding schedule steals from you.
The affirmations, quotes, and ideas in this book are a set of tools for you to use in your self-development. They are for “inner work.” And you know what they say about happiness–that it’s an “inside job,” which is 100% true. The suggestions in Plan Be! vary widely from spiritual aspirations to very simple, straightforward and practical ideas. Much has to do with adjusting your attitude. Depending on the day, it might be a slight adjustment or a major overhaul, but the more you practice daily affirmations, the fewer adjustments you’ll need. One day, you will realize you have mastered the art of “thinking happy” and are looking at the bright side of life every day. Incorporating this effort as a daily practice will build “mental muscle” and help you achieve the all-important optimistic way of thinking. These are habits that can easily be reinforced by practices such as journaling, creating your own affirmations, and talking to yourself in the positive. Like an engine driving you toward greater things, self belief brings you closer to your life’s purpose, your personal mission and will absolutely make you a happier camper.
Every Day Thankful
This lovely book is full of graces, blessings, and quotes to share over the evening meal, as a hostess gift, or for daily reflection. In today’s frenetic world, the common experience of sharing grace and gratitude can restore a sense of community and humanity to society and can enhance your relationships. By praying together at the daily meal with these gratitudes, your family will be happier as you become bonded together by blessings. Add the joy of living in thankfulness by incorporating daily reflections and inspirational prayers into your plan for each day. This collection of 365 blessings—ranging from the words of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and Abraham Lincoln to Maya Angelou and Oprah—will bring joy to your family and friends as you share, pray, and reflect together.