Grateful: The Transformative Power Of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler BassGrateful: The Transformative Power Of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass

Grateful: The Transformative Power Of Giving Thanks

byDiana Butler Bass

Hardcover | April 3, 2018

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The author of the multiple award-winning Grounded and leading trend spotter in contemporary Christianity explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.

More and more people are finding God beyond the walls of traditional religious institutions, but these seekers often miss the church community itself, including its shared spiritual practices such as gratitude. While four out of five Americans have told pollsters they feel gratitude in their daily lives, cultural commentator and religion expert Diana Butler Bass finds that claim to be at odds with the discontent that permeates modern society.

There is a gap, she argues, between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully—a divide that influences our understanding of morality, worship, and institutional religion itself. In Grateful, Bass challenges readers to think about the impact gratitude has in our spiritual lives, and encourages them to make gratitude a "difficult and much-needed spiritual practice for our personal lives and to make a better world."

Grateful is partially an individual, emotional response to our circumstances, but research has shown that what we often miss is how much more it is a communal, actionable response. Bass examines this more unexpected experience of gratitude, and reveals how people and communities can practice it and thrive, whether or not they are part of a traditional religious community.

Title:Grateful: The Transformative Power Of Giving ThanksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062659472

ISBN - 13:9780062659477


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtful book Diana Butler Bass's subtitle reflects the whole book: "The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks" She talks about her difficulties in thanking others--especially now during the Trump era, but explores the different cultural meanings of saying thank you.
Date published: 2018-08-30

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating book.”