Finding Grace In The Everyday Stories Of Our Lives with Dawna Markova, Ph.D.

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We’ve all heard that “we are unique”, but do we really believe it? Could our uniqueness truly lead us to make a difference in the world with our individual stories? Dawna Markova believes that each of us is a “spot of grace” and she beautifully inspires us as she reads many stories of everyday life that uncover the wisdom each of us carries within. She says, “What I know about grace is that we can create the conditions in which grace can happen. . . And often times a story will do it. There have been societies that have formed without the wheel but there has never been a society without stories. I think we tell each other stories to remind each other of the possibility of grace.” (hosted by Michael Toms)


Dawna Markova, Ph.D. is the CEO of Professional Thinking Partners and a co-founder of, an organization devoted to maximizing individual and collective human potential in all areas of life. Internationally known for her groundbreaking research in the fields of learning and perception, she was influential in launching a national movement to help counter America's crisis of violence as a co-creator and co-author of Random Acts Of Kindness (Conari Press 2000 revised).

Her books include:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the 'spot of grace' that each of us represents
  • How can we go from doubt to wonder
  • How can being in a state of wonder keep us moving forward, growing in our lives
  • Can stories help us to move through grief
  • What if we could shift our perception to consider all people to be "gifts in hiding"

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 3/19/2008       Program Number: 3249  

Music Playlist

From Album: What Worlds They Bring
Artist: Danny Heines
2002 Vadadisc # VA1171

Opening Essay: Track 05 Finding Senotrevo
Music Break 1: Track 06 Singing with Gargoyles
Music Break 2: Track 11 Lost Gift
Music Break 3: Track 09 Dance in Tanzania