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  • How Grace Changes Everything
  • By: Julia Baird
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  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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By: Julia Baird
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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of Phosphorescence comes a beautiful and timely exploration of that most mysterious but necessary of human qualities: grace.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2024 INDIE BOOK AWARDS

'Luminous ... A work to both devour and savour, Baird has, once again, written a book the world needs now.' Guardian

Grace is both mysterious and hard to define. It can be found when we create ways to find meaning and dignity in connection with each other, building on our shared humanity, being kinder, bigger, better with each other. If, in its crudest interpretation, karma is getting what you deserve, then grace is the opposite: forgiving the unforgivable, favouring the undeserving, loving the unlovable.

But we live in an era when grace is an increasingly rare currency. The silos in which we consume information dot the media landscape like skyscrapers, and our growing distrust of the media, politicians and public figures has choked our ability to cut each other slack, to allow each other to stumble, to forgive one another.

So what does grace look like in our world, and how do we recognise it, nurture it in ourselves and express it, even in the darkest of times?

From award-winning journalist Julia Baird, author of the acclaimed national bestseller Phosphorescence, comes Bright Shining, a luminously beautiful, deeply insightful and most timely exploration of grace.

'Fascinating, wide-ranging and moving' The Age

'The uplift and power of Bright Shining ... is to be found in the way Baird gives grace fresh currency by bringing this beautiful and elusive condition from the theological margins into the mainstream and showing, with passion and verve, how quietly transformative it can be.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Enlightening, surprising, absorbing .. I learned something every chapter and put the book down full of awe at the power of human beings to be good to each other when no-one would expect it. It's the book I needed to read right now. It filled my cup.' Annabel Crabb

©2023 Julia Baird (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wonderful

Uplifting well read inspiring. I didn’t want it to end. I will read it again.

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Wise words

Wise words expertly crafted leaving me with the desire to live better, love better and enjoy better.

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The Real Story from Julia Baird about what IS most important in life.

This is Julia's best book even though I loved Phosphoresence .. Sharing honestly from the heart and head I felt so much connection with her stories about cancer & surgeries and awfulness of recovery yet of the ways in which we can find grace & gratitude.

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Depth of research to explore the topic of grace

Beautifully written - a weave of so many varied examples of grace - I especially loved the stories of restorative justice

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A triumph

Simply a joy to listen to. The section on forgiveness was so moving and thought provoking. Will be looking to bring more grace into the world as a result

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Well written and researched as always

I love Julia’s writing style. It’s just like you are in the same room having a chat. The work effort and research that Julia puts in is amazing. I could listen to her reading her books all day every day. Always makes me feel uplifted, energetic and focused. There is soooo much depth and detail. Just love it. Keep writing Julia - I want more to read!!

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Not what I expected

I expected to feel motivated and uplifted to act with grace and kindness. This book is full of beautiful and emotional stories however there is quite a lot of trauma (in many forms) that is spoken about in this book and the focus is more on this trauma and the stories surrounding the many horrors of the world rather than the ones acting with grace and how grace actually changes everything. This book is great in its own right, perhaps with a different title, grace is not the focus.

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Not what I expected

I thought a book about grace would be calming, uplifting and full of gratitude. There were moments of these emotions, and there were also many moments that showed the human race for its capacity to be ungracious, disturbing, and cruel.

When I first started listening, I wondered if I'd bought the wrong book, and almost returned it. It didn't seem to match up with the description. If I want to hear stories of woe, I'll just turn on the news. However, I persisted, because it intrigued me enough to see where it was going.

For those with a history of trauma, grief, or serious illness, I'd suggest a trigger warning. Having said that, if you can steel your emotions, you will find a really interesting book. I learned quite a lot about things I didn't know.

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A much needed book for all

In a world we struggle to understand this book is so needed… loved it and have bought one for all my friends also challenged by our current time.

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Love this

I really enjoyed this book. It lifted my spirit and helped me to the good in others.

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