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Looking for God in All the Right Places:

Prayers & Poems to

Comfort, Inspire,

and Connect Humanity

Compiled by June Cotner

A bestselling author, anthologist, and speaker, June Cotner’s books include

 Graces, Bedside Prayers, Animal Blessings, Teen Sunshine Reflections and


 Amazing Graces (published by HarperCollins); Mothers and Daughters and Baby Blessings (published by Harmony Books/Random House); Family Celebrations (published by Andrews McMeel); Bless the Day (published by Kodansha); Bless the Beasts (SeaStar Books); and The Home Design Handbook (Henry Holt and Company). Her books altogether have more than one-half million copies in print. She has three forthcoming anthologies: Christmas Blessings (October 2002, Warner Books); Wedding Blessings (February 2003, Broadway Books/Random House); and another children’s picture book, Star Light Star Bright (September 2003, SeaStar Books


My newest book is in bookstores April 2nd--in time for Easter and Mother’s Day! Some of the work in this new book was originally published in my now out-of-print book, Heal Your Soul, Heal the World (Andrews McMeel, October 1999). Loyola Press liked so many of the pieces in Heal Your Soul that they asked me to take much of the original content, add some new prayers and poems, and create a fresh anthology that retains an emphasis on prayers and poems with a global perspective.


This collection features contributions by ordinary individuals as well as selections from well-known personalities such as Richard Paul Evans, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa. I’d like to share one of my favorite selections with you from the book.  --June





My protest shall be:

To act with kindness when faced with hatred

To plant a flower, raising beauty as my shield against the ugliness,

To share my food, because others are hungry,

To write a letter, instead of wringing my hands helplessly,

To cry tears of grief and anger, so numbness cannot overtake my heart,

To refuse to fall for false reassurances and the tempting comforts of ignorance,

To contribute my voice in outrage, when others are forced into silence,

To immerse myself in the courage of others, when mine fails me,

To speak the truth as I find it, humbly aware that it is not the whole truth,

And, when I do not know how to love my enemies, to find a way to love their children.


--Reverend Lynn James



What people say about Looking for God in All the Right Places


“A beautiful collection that will inspire and nurture your soul. Highly recommended reading.”

                                                            Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the

                                                             Small Stuff . . . and It’s All Small Stuff


“Yes, there are many ways to search for God, but there’s one God to find, and one alone. The great news is that He’s already searching for us, individually, and promises if we seek, we’ll find Him. Cotner’s book will help many find Him more quickly.”

                                                            Pat Boone



“Whenever I need to be uplifted or inspired, all I have to do is open this beautifully put together book.”

                                                            Tiffani Thiessen



“This inspiring collection of thoughts will help anyone understand their integral part in this magnificent world. This book is nourishment for the soul.”

                                                            Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Be Careful What

You Pray For, Prayer is Good Medicine, and Healing Words; executive editor of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine


“This exquisite treasury of timeless truths and wisdom is the one spiritual book you will want to keep on your nightstand. June Cotner has collected jewels of prayers and poetry to remind us that the God we seek is with us always.”

                                                            Celia Straus author of Prayers on My Pillow

                                                            and The Mother Daughter Circle


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