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This moving gift book truly stirs gratitude for the gift of life and the everyday wonder and beauty of nature. It pairs one of today's most uplifting poems—the Internet phenomenon “A Good Day,” written by revered spiritual leader Brother David Steindl-Rast—with images by acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg. Perfect for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays—or just as a gift for someone you love—this inspirational package includes not just the book but a DVD with two short films by Schwarztberg (including Gratitude) and Brother David's own A Good Day video. The last page has a link to the “A Good Day” audio track, which you can use to create your own video or slide show on what you are grateful for.
Brother David Steindl-Rast trained for 12 years in the Benedictine monastic tradition before practicing Zen with Buddhist masters. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell, where he became the first Roman Catholic to hold the Thorpe Lectureship, and cofounded the Center for Spiritual Studies, as well as gratefulness.org. His often-reprinted books include A Listening Heart (Crossroad Publishing Company) and Words of Common Sense for Mind, Body, and Soul (Templeton Press).
Louie Schwartzberg won two Clio Awards for TV advertising, the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award for America's Heart & Soul (Disney), and best theatrical program at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards for Hidden Beauty (Disneynature). He is currently directing Mysteries of the Unseen World, a 3D large-format film, for National Geographic, and launching Moving Art™ channel (movingart.tv). Louie has been a featured speaker at TEDx, Google, Viacom, and Bioneers, and his online videos have collected over 25 million views. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.