Marvelously Made

Gratefulness and the Body

Mary C. Earle, Foreword by Margaret Benefiel

May/2012, 112 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819227621



Each chapter in Marvelously Made focuses on a vital part of the body (the heart, the lungs, the brain, the joints); relates an anecdote from the author’s experience; provides reader-friendly (i.e., not overly technical) information about the wonders of the organ or body part, and offers a prayer and a set of “gratitude practices”—physical and spiritual meditation exercises to deepen the reader’s appreciation of the body.

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Spirituality and Practice 

The Lutheran

Mary C. Earle is a poet, author and spiritual director, who teaches at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. She is also author-inresidence at the Work+Shop, a ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas. She resides in San Antonio, Texas. Visit the author at her website

"In Marvelously Made, she explores the wisdom of the human body, the temple of bone and flesh that somehow manages to house both ourselves and the breath of God. This is a book at the boundary of the fields of spirituality and practical theology, written for devotional use by laity. Its importance lies in the way it gives unencumbered access to the deep things of God for ordinary people. This is exactly the kind of creative scholarly work that the church needs, an example of how the fearlessly engaged practice of one’s faith can lead to a more vibrant existence."
Anglican Theological Review

“A deceptively short book to be read slowly and savored. Reminding us of the wonder of the Incarnation, it invites the reader to reflect on the holiness of our bodies. Her guidelines for prayers of gratitude for our physical selves are gentle
and doable.”
—Margaret Guenther, author of Walking Home
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