DeMoss explores the role of gratitude in our lives, what our lives look like if we are filled with gratitude, and what they look like if we are not. She offers biblical applications for why we are meant to practice an attitude of gratitude and also practical ways to increase gratitude in our lives. Everyone has irritations, inconveniences, challenges, struggles, and difficulties to cope with in their day to day life. We can’t always choose our challenges, but we can choose how we respond to them. DeMoss encourages us to choose gratitude not only in spite of our struggles, but because of them.
I learned a lot while reading this book. On the surface, it might not seem like any new information that hasn’t been covered in other sources. Obviously we have heard before that we choose our attitude, we can choose how we react to our circumstances. What I found to be the biggest challenge is to exercise gratitude because of our struggles – I can look for something to be thankful for in most situations, but I struggle to be thankful because of the situation.
My favorite part of the book was the stories interspersed throughout the book of people practicing gratitude in extraordinary circumstances. It is inspiring to read about people in tragic circumstances and see how they are still thankful for what they are blessed with. It is so true that none of us receive what we deserve and that everything we have is a gift.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be inspired to find thankfulness in their life. The 30 day devotional is very helpful in reframing reader’s thoughts into focusing on thankfulness. I enjoyed working through it. Each day doesn’t take that long to complete the reading and reflection for that day, but it changes your outlook on things as you go about your day. If you find yourself complaining and want to experience joy, give this book a try.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
- Nancy Leigh DeMoss (rejoiceinhim7.wordpress.com)