Choosing Gratitude Review

Book Review: 

I believe this book is a timely reminder to the Christian culture. The walk away message is that we are to be thankful, because God commands it. It is not just a nicety to add on to our lives.

Here are some snippets of the wisdom it contains.

"The most affluent, materially blessed people in the history of the world, we h ave become angry, bitter, proud and ungrateful. We have gotten this false sense of entitlement and the entirely unbiblical idea that God owes us ease and luxury."

"I have seen lack of gratitude manifest itself in fretting, complaining, and resenting- whether within the confines of my own thoughts or, worse yet, through venting those thoughts to others."

"Even in the most turbulent waters, choosing gratitude rescues me from myself and my runaway emotions. It buoys me to on the grace of God and keeps me from drowning in what otherwise would be my natural bent toward doubt, negativity, discouragement and anxiety. "

"Cultivating a thankful heart is a safeguard against becoming bitter, prickly and sour. A grateful child of God cant help but be a joyful, peaceful, radiant person. if you find discouragement, depression, fear or anxiety among your frequent companions, you may attribute them to difficult or painful circumstances that surround you. But I want to suggest that as challenging as your situation maybe, your frame of mind has less to do with your distressing circumstances than with your need to develop a thankful heart."

"{When I} continue to see evidence of God's work in my life and the lives of those around me, I am simply overwhelmed with thankfulness to Him."

" I have learned in every circumstance that comes my way, I can whine, or worship".

"Ungrateful people tend to hold tightly to their rights. And when others fail to perform the way they want or expect the to, they feel justified in making demands and retaliating emotionally."

" I have learned along the way that, anything that makes me need God is (ultimately in the truest sense) a blessing. Be it disappointment. Be it physical suffering. Be it mental or relational anguish."

I have to admit this was a slow read for me. I like the subject matter but I think Mrs. DeMoss's writing style just didn't mesh well with my reading style. Or maybe I have been blessed to have come across similar material already in other books that were able to really penetrate into my heart more. That said, I know many women will be blessed by this book!

I received this book from Moody Publishers in return for my honest review.