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Blessed: Meditations on a Life of Small Wonders


By Ann Rennie


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Available: 25 August 2021
RRP: $32.95
ISBN: 978-0-6450070-1-5
Paperback, 340 pages

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Author image Ann Rennie

Ann Rennie is currently teaching English and Religious Education at Genazzano. Has been published in The Age, The Australian, SMH, Madonna, and for the past thirteen years has had a regular column in Australian Catholics.

This is a book that asks you to pause and ponder. It’s a miscellany of musings, ranging from the serious to the whimsical and the spiritual to the serendipitous. They are slices of life, reflections on faith, educational commentary, poetic excursions, travel vignettes – a personal licence to wade warmly into the world of words. This book is a celebration of the joys of observation entwined in the words of a woman who is trying, somehow, to wise up.

Blessed interweaves past and present to create a potpourri of essays that are part memoir, part meditation, celebrating a life full of little asides of joy and small wonders.

A life that is truly, blessed.

“You will want to savour every piece of this beautiful book. Ann Rennie is an adventurer of the spirit. In lucent prose, she shares her journeys, both near and far, with relish for their deeper possibilities. Her intrepid heart will find the sunny side of every road. Her gratitude for even the more challenging parts of life sings from every page. It is her readers who are blessed.”

– Michael McGirr (essayist, reviewer, prize-winning short-story writer and teacher)

“Ann’s thoughtful and generous memoir is a jewel box of rare and wise insights.”

– Tracey Edstein, The Good Oil

“Blessed is an inspiring, gentle blend of memoir and rumination that’s as apposite for the here-and-now as for whatever could lie beyond.”

– Susan Kurosawa, The Weekend Australian


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Blessed preface
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