Maggie Oman Shannon is a spiritual director, workshop leader, and retreat facilitator. She is the founder of The New Story (www.thenewstory.com), a coaching and consulting business focused on helping people create deeper meaning in their lives. This paperback contains inspirational quotations, prayers and reflections in the following categories:

• Ourselves
• Our Relationships
• Our Communities
• Our World
• Our Planet

This is the handy kind of spiritual resource that you can turn to in moments of doubt, pain, loneliness, sadness, or inertia. It provides good medicine for the soul and the elixir of hope for the spirit. Here is a sampler of the riches in the book:

A Quotation by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Freedom
"Not only action but also suffering is a way to freedom. In suffering, the deliverance consists in our being allowed to put the matter out of our own hands into God's hands."

A Buddhist Prayer on Forgiveness
"If I have harmed anyone in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through my own confusions
I ask their forgiveness.
If anyone has harmed me in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through their own confusions
I forgive them.
And if there is a situation
I am not yet ready to forgive
I forgive myself for that.
For all the ways that I harm myself,
negate, doubt, belittle myself,
judge or be unkind to myself
through my own confusions
I forgive myself."

A Unitarian Universalist Prayer for Justice
"O God, we seek your forgiveness for the numerous
injustices around us,
for our inability to create a world of equality.
We pray for a deepening of our commitment to
justice,
for the ability to reflect on the many ways in which
we offend people of other creeds, of the opposite sex,
of other nations.
Above all we ask for the courage to stand up as
witness-bearers for justice,
though this may be against ourselves."

A quotation by Richard Jeffries on Hope
"Every blade of grass, each leaf, each separate floret and petal, is an inscription speaking of hope."