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A pace of grace : the virtues of a sustainable life
Popov, Linda Kavelin.
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New York : Plume, [2004]

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viii, 341 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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BJ1581.2 .P67 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In today's anxiety-ridden, stress-infused world, even a moment of quiet reflection has become a time- consuming luxury most of us just can't afford. How did we reach this point? How did we lose our direction and sense of control? And, most important, how can we reclaim our lives?

Linda Kavelin Popov asked herself these same questions, after the pressures of her own workaholic lifestyle nearly destroyed her. Now, as cofounder of the International Virtues Project she helps others achieve a pace of grace--a pace for our lives that can balance and sustain us physically and spiritually.

Through a four-part program that teaches you how to purify your life, pace yourself, practice the presence, and plan a sustainable life, A Pace of Grace offers simple ways to rediscover the essential elements of a life well lived. Complete with Linda's ten rules for health, this comprehensive guide is the first step in recapturing the joy and vibrancy inherent in each of us.

Author Notes

Linda Kavelin Popov is the author of The Family Virtues Guide and is one of the founders and directors of the Virtues Project International. She travels around the world in support of the project's initiatives, speaking to communities, businesses, and governmental organizations. The United Nations Secretariat has honored the Virtues Project as a model for global reform for people of all cultures. She lives in the Gulf Islands near Victoria, British Columbia.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A psychotherapist and founder of the Virtues Project, Popov (The Family Virtues Guide), found that, despite her success, she was beset by stress and fatigue. Diagnosed with postpolio syndrome, she restored herself by following a 10-point plan she developed as a guide to living a more fulfilling and less frenzied life: maintaining a clean body and following a nutritious diet, practicing correct breathing and exercise, resting daily, pursuing peaceful activities, making time for play and praying frequently. At the heart of Popov's gentle message is a deep concern for the lack of meaning in everyday existence and the unkind way people often treat one another. She strongly recommends such virtues as acceptance and appreciation of intimates, practicing thankfulness and making joy a priority. There's very little to argue with here, though Popov does not always avoid trite phrasing or repetition in making it manifest. Agent, Teresa Park of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Mashing together a do-less, enjoy-more philosophy with a range of retread techniques (e.g., do yoga, practice forgiveness, work smarter), psychotherapist Popov seeks to help readers simplify their lives. Unfortunately, her book reads like a disjointed, overstuffed, and often precious scrapbook. After blaming "FOG" (fatigue, overwhelm, and guilt) for people's distress, she dispenses advice rooted in the ideals of the nonprofit organization she cofounded, the Virtues Project International. Readers will find little how-to and must bear in mind about 100 "virtues" (e.g., sacrifice, trust, and unity) that were partly the focus of Popov's previous The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways To Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves. While certain passages have merit, the book feels disconnected and self-indulgent. Not recommended, though Popov is an Oprah darling, so there may be demand. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Ten Rules for Healthp. 10
The Five Strategies of The Virtues Projectp. 10
Virtues: The Gifts Withinp. 13
Part 1 Purify Your Lifep. 15
Chapter 1 How Are You?p. 17
The Virtue of Truthfulnessp. 25
Chapter 2 Purify Your Bodyp. 29
The Virtue of Purityp. 34
Chapter 3 Breathe Easy, Breathe Deepp. 54
The Virtue of Discernmentp. 62
Chapter 4 Purify the Language of Your Lifep. 67
The Virtue of Peacefulnessp. 74
Chapter 5 Forgivep. 96
The Virtue of Forgivenessp. 100
Chapter 6 Heal Your Financesp. 109
The Virtue of Thankfulnessp. 116
Chapter 7 Create a Space of Gracep. 121
The Virtue of Orderp. 122
Part 2 Pace Yourselfp. 137
Chapter 8 Create a Pace of Gracep. 139
The Virtue of Moderationp. 152
Chapter 9 Support Yourselfp. 160
The Virtue of Acceptancep. 164
Chapter 10 Set Clear Boundariesp. 167
The Virtue of Assertivenessp. 170
Chapter 11 Play!p. 186
The Virtue of Creativityp. 188
Part 3 Practice the Presencep. 199
Chapter 12 Prayp. 201
The Virtue of Prayerfulnessp. 210
Chapter 13 Give the Gift of Presencep. 244
The Virtue of Compassionp. 249
Chapter 14 Create Communityp. 264
The Virtue of Unityp. 272
Part 4 Plan a Sustainable Lifep. 281
Chapter 15 Put Your First Passion Firstp. 283
The Virtue of Joyfulnessp. 285
Chapter 16 Plan for Gracep. 301
The Virtue of Purposefulnessp. 303
Afterwordp. 327
Bibliographyp. 328
Resourcesp. 333
Indexp. 335