Gratitude is a choice. If we fail to chose it, by default we choose ingratitude. And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself but with a lot of other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy. To not choose gratitude - daily and deliberately - is more costly than we usually realize. And when we do choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gratitude, we are mindful of the benefits received from our gracious Savior and those He has placed around us.
By intentionally thanking God and others, bitterness and entitlement are replaced with joy and the humble realization of just how undeserving we really are. Derived from a popular Revive Our Hearts radio series, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy challenges and equips the reader to live a life of intention. A life based on thankfulness - for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessings of others.
As a bonus, a 30-day plan of journaling, prayer and activities to help the reader on her path to joy is included.
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"Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abundant as the grace that flows into your life?" This question, posed on the back cover, is the perfect way to sum up this book. Nancy Leigh Demoss shares why our life should be full of gratitude and how we can have that kind of depth in our life. We can trade in our whine for worship! When we accept the grace of God in our life we can be full of gratitude for what He has given us...even if it appears to be "bad" in our eyes. I enjoyed the many real life examples of people who have traded in the blues for a heart of gratitude and the incredible perspective they have on life in the midst of some very overwhelming circumstances. Also, Nancy does not leave you hanging as you attempt to apply all that you have learned, she gives a hands-on Bible study to work through at the end of the book. (Or in this case, a printable PDF on the last CD.) It can easily be used without the book and makes for a great follow up on what you have read rather than just putting the book back on your shelf and moving on to the next one. While I would recommend this book in print or audio, I have to say that I really enjoyed the audio version as I worked around the house and surrounded myself in good teaching. Christian Taylor has a beautiful voice that is easy and enjoyable to listen to.
I am so grateful for this bible study. It is a fabulous lesson on gratitude and really convicts you about showing gratitude in all things in your life. A great read and study. I highly recommend.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it thoroughly convicted me about my limited gratitude for all that God has done for me. I've always looked for the good in any situation, even those that are devastating because God says "all things work for good for them that love The Lord". I find myself usually thanking him for things like keeping power in a storm, good medical reports, and other daily things. BUT, do I often find myself thanking God for ALL the things in my life? More importantly, do I often find myself thanking God FOR MY LIFe---for all that he has done to purchase my eternal life through his love and sacrifice for me? There is a pretty thorough, and interesting description of everything that God has done for us, with practical and personal examples from the author's life and the lives of others. The book ends with a thirty day CHALLANGE, including Bible references to read, questions, and journaling suggestions. Wonderful read for everyone. Showing too, that a life of gratitude is a healthier, more joyful life than a life of whining, complaining, or depression.