The teaching profession is faced with new and more demanding challenges each year. Teachers yearn for quiet moments to enable them to prepare themselves for the stresses of a day. A Moment of Peace & Quiet originated from the author's own need for "space" before a school day started, or in the middle of a hectic day. It is designed to help all teachers make their moment of quiet refreshing and nourishing.
Mesplay's book can be creatively used to fit a teacher's needs and busy schedule. Readers have the option of choosing a specific topic, randomly selecting a page, or starting at the beginning and working their way through to the end. There are 200 entries, one for each school day and enough for the week prior to the beginning of school and one week into the summer break. Quotations (over 400) from a variety of authors, time periods, and world religious traditions are an important part of this book of meditations.
The day to day lives of schoolteachers rarely offer A Moment of Peace & Quiet for personal reflection and renewal. Gail Mesplay's book of brief thoughtful quotes and meditations offers the novice teacher and the seasoned professional an opportunity for quiet contemplation in the midst of the frantic pace and high expectations of today's schools. This book is a must for every teacher's desk.
— Keith F. Corrette, Principal
Little Elementary School
This is a wondrous book that embraces your heart and cause you to silently whisper "yes". Gail has captured the core essence of teaching, that which makes this profession a sacred art. Each topic is a golden nugget of truth and wisdom, sifted through years of experience and wrapped in deep devotion for the act of teaching. A Moment of Peace & Quiet is a loving gift for all teachers.
— Pauline Bustamante
Teacher & Principal