Celebrating God’s Everyday Grace and Goodness (B&H Books, March 2011)
Description: Christians know the Psalm about living a happy life—”This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” But it’s hard not to look around and be distracted by the fact that we are living in a broken, fallen world. Sometimes, there’s so much bad news coming from the media that it’s fair to ask: is there any other kind?
In Little Mercies, acclaimed essayist Lynn Coulter answers, “Yes, there is. There is some very Good News indeed, and it has a name. Jesus.”
“Little mercies are the earthworms that loosen the rock-hard soil in your garden; the laughter we hear coming from a playground; and a second chance at anything,” Coulter explains. “With practice, all of us can grow grateful hearts.” – from B&H Books
Meet Monteen McCord and her great horned owl, Sam. Their story is told in chapter 1 of Little Mercies. Want to see more? Scroll down for a video clip.
What readers are saying:
“Reading Lynn Coulter’s graceful, lyrical essays is like finding a new friend… Lynn calls herself ‘a pushover for heroic tales and long-ago stories,’ which explains her own storytelling gifts, leading you from real-life stories to biblical analogies in a subtle, seamless way. The woman can flat write.” – Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible
“Lynn Coulter’s voice is a fresh perspective on two important ancient truths of the Bible — grace and mercy are the sustaining substances of a Christian life.” Ronda Rich, best-selling author of What Southern Women Know About Faith
“Little Mercies is a delightful collection of simple, yet profound truths…you will be rewarded with the authentic hope of a newer, richer rhythm of “little mercies” in your days.”—Fil Anderson, author of Running on Empty: Contemplative Spirituality for Overachievers and Breaking the Rules: Trading Performance for Intimacy with God.
“Little Mercies is a collection of inspiring true stories…‘Streetlight Dog’ is the story of a stray dog that the author tried to befriend. I loved how she compared her efforts with trying to be friends with the dog to how Jesus is alway pursuing a relationship with us….each story had something that spoke to my heart and reminded me to watch for those “Little Mercies” in my own daily life.” – Julie Graves, blogging at “My Only Vice”
“Little Mercies is a spiritually uplifting book that teaches through a number of engaging stories of everyday people and everyday occurrences that God’s grace is ever ready, ever present.” – Debbie Macomber, NYT and USA Today best-selling author
Meet Monteen McCord, whose story is told in Chapter 1 of Little Mercies: