Announcing “Circle of Grace”!

Circle of Grace

Friends, I am delighted to share the news that my new book is here! Circle of Grace is a collection of blessings for the seasons, drawing us into the rhythms of the sacred Christian year.

The book was released on November 17—Gary’s birthday. In two weeks he will have been gone two years. And yet he is such a part of this book. He saw nearly every blessing first, and we had dreamed of this book together. His spirit sings in every page.

So from my heart, from Gary’s heart, into yours: this is for you. Each blessing and every word of it. Thank you for being so beautifully part of my—and our—circle of grace.

To order Circle of Grace: You can order the book from Amazon by clicking the book cover above or this link: Circle of Grace. It’s available in both printed and Kindle formats. Beginning Monday, November 23, the book will also be available at my website at, where you can request inscribed copies.

On this day, as Advent draws near, I want to share this blessing from the book with you, in gratitude.

Drawing Near
A Blessing for Advent

It is difficult to see it from here,
I know,
but trust me when I say
this blessing is inscribed
on the horizon.
Is written on
that far point
you can hardly see.
Is etched into
a landscape
whose contours you cannot know
from here.
All you know
is that it calls you,
draws you,
pulls you toward
what you have perceived
only in pieces,
in fragments that came to you
in dreaming
or in prayer.

I cannot account for how,
as you draw near,
the blessing embedded in the horizon
begins to blossom
upon the soles of your feet,
shimmers in your two hands.
It is one of the mysteries
of the road,
how the blessing
you have traveled toward,
waited for,
ached for
suddenly appears,
as if it had been with you
all this time,
as if it simply
needed to know
how far you were willing
to walk
to find the lines
that were traced upon you
before the day
you were born.

—Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace

6 Responses to “Announcing “Circle of Grace”!”

  1. Lynda Says:

    Jan, the cover of your book is absolutely beautiful! And “A Blessing for Advent” speaks very deeply to my heart. I’m downloading the Kindle version today! Thank you for listening to your heart and sharing your gifts with us. Blessings.

  2. Bickley Says:

    Jan, so happy to have you back with us! I have missed you & your beautiful prayers.
    GOD bless you today & every day!

  3. Sue Peterson Says:

    Dear Jan,
    So glad you are publishing again. I’ve ordered a copy and another to give as a gift. Hope to see you again soon.

  4. Dianne Says:

    Your beautiful words speak to my heart … right now, as the blessing begins to blossom for me. I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of your book. Thank you.

  5. Jan Richardson Says:

    Friends, thank you so much! I am grateful for the blessing you are!

  6. Lydia Bucklin Says:

    This blessing carried my mom home as she transitioned past this life. Thank you.

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