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Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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How easy it is to feel and be grateful when circumstances are good. But the real test of genuine faith is our heart's response when life is difficult. Today we are facing uncertainty individually and as a nation, and the question before us is whether we will trust, with thankful hearts, the sovereign God who rules over all or succumb to fear and self-pity. Nancy's book on gratitude is a guide worth following in stressful times, for she shows us that giving thanks in all things is the key to a peaceful, joy-filled heart in every circumstance of life.
-Barbara Rainey, cofounder of FamilyLife
Given what Christ has done for us, our lives should overflow with gratitude. Sadly, too often they don't. Choosing Gratitude speaks powerfully to one of our most important issues as individuals, families, and churches. Nancy Leigh DeMoss is biblical, honest, challenging, and practical. I enthusiastically recommend this book.
-Randy Alcorn, bestselling author of If God is Good
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I'm not going to sugar coat this; if you read this book, be prepared for conviction almost instantly. She starts by pointing out that "gratitude feels optional...an acceptable sin," and then clearly shows that an ungrateful heart is a sinful heart. On page 24, the author describes how our whining and complaining attitudes are from our lack of the Holy Spirit. I was particularly struck by her use of Romans 1:21, where Paul lists ingratitude along with the "terrible sins". I don't often think of ungratefulness as a "terrible sin" but it is.
At the end of chapter 3, I was feeling like a complete ingrate! I can see so many things in my own life that need to change. I was relieved to discover some reasons for gratitude and why it is so important in our daily lives. I had never really thought about the fact that Jesus was giving thanks at the Last Supper. He knew what would happen to Him that night, yet He was grateful. Would we be grateful if we were facing the same circumstances?
The author also connects our gratitude with our prayer life. This was an aspect of gratitude I had never considered before. "If you've always wanted prayer to be as natural as breathing, then pave the way with gratitude." It's true. If we have a thankful hearts we want to commune with the One who gives all good things. The author also challenges us to give thanks not only to God but to also to other people. On p. 119 she points out that Paul thanks people in all but 4 epistles.Read more ›
I see situations like this in mine and my friends' lives right now:
~ watching a family member grow sicker and sicker.
~ a wife watching her husband sign papers. She never, ever anticipated divorce.
~ the child with a genetic illness. Right now, things are okay, but it won't always be that way.
~ the burden of unsaved family members.
~ the job that doesn't come after so many prayers.
Ms. DeMoss understands that it is hard to hold on to gratitude ... "hard to find joy when you are looking in mind-bending pain or heart-wrenching disappointment." Those words there that I quoted? That's Joni Erikson Tada - a woman who most of are well-aware of and can't even fathom the life that she lives daily in a wheelchair as a quadrapalegic. (And she has lived that way since she was an older teen.) Joni writes the foreword to this book, and if she says that Nancy DeMoss has something to say about gratitude, I'm ready to listen.
But really, it's not Ms. DeMoss that has something to say about gratitude. It's the Lord. If there is anyone (even more than Joni) that understands finding joy in the midst of such sorrow, it's our God. The one that watched His chosen people rebel against Him daily in the Old Testament. That watched His Son mocked and scorned by His own people.Read more ›
In Choosing Gratitude, DeMoss elevates gratitude to the status of spiritual discipline. She is convinced that Christians ought to be most the expressive people when it comes to gratitude. Or, as she calls it, "going gratitudinal." Following a succinct explanation of God's gospel, she writes, "Undeniable guilt, plus undeserved grace, should equal unbridled gratitude." But this unbridled gratitude, quite distinct from generic gratitude, is Godward and must be cultivated and practiced. "Over time, choosing gratitude means choosing joy. But that choice doesn't come without effort and intentionality. It's a choice that requires constantly renewing my mind with the truth of God's Word, setting my heart to savor God and His gifts, and disciplining my tongue to speak words that reflect His goodness and grace -- until a grateful spirit becomes my reflexive response to all of life."
And it is in explaining "all of life" that Choosing Gratitude becomes most challenging. Are you more prone to whine or to worship? Are you grateful for the most difficult and painful circumstances in your life?Read more ›
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I read the reviews, but missed any mention of it being so Jesus-heavy. So other potential purchasers should be aware of this. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mark Tucker
Quick read on how to rethink trials in our lives. Looking for the good and lifting our eyes to the One who loves us and wants us to call on Him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VOK
An amazing book. I'm still reading this and learning something new everyday.Published 3 months ago by Keisha Broomes
This is a book you will read over and over again! So much good information! The book itself has short chapters packed full of meat! Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Hoffman