The Grumbler's Guide to Giving Thanks Review

Book Review: 

We should be giving thanks more than one day a year. As a Canadian, my Thanksgiving is in October and since the book has American authors, it mentions Thanksgiving as November. However the purpose of the book is to show that we should be giving thanks more than one day a year. It also is about giving thanks the right way.

Gratitude Quiz
The book starts with a Gratitude Quiz so you can see how you are doing. Questions are such things as: “When things don’t go your way, do you typically respond (A) in gratitude or (B) in grumbling? and Would you say you tell God thanks (A) daily or (B) less than daily? and When you see things others have that you don’t, do you (A) rest in what God has given you or (B) struggle with jealousy?

The basis behind the book is teaching 4 parts to thankfulness.

Thankful to God
Thankfulness to God expressed
Thankfulness to God leading to joy in God
At the end of each chapter is a Putting it into Practice part with some simple steps you can do to make a difference in how you are grateful.

You’ll have to read the book to get the full explanation but these four steps made me think about thankfulness in a new way. It’s not enough to just be thankful in my head or to just be thankful in general.

The best part I think was this:

“Groaning and gratitude can coexist. We don’t have to choose between tears and thanks. In hard things, we can ask God for help and tell Him thanks. We can lament what’s broken or painful while giving thanks for good things, even if that’s God’s presence, provision, or plan. Since thanksgiving is God-centered rather than gift-centered, we can give thanks in all seasons and circumstances.”

The Grumbler’s Guide to Giving Thanks pg 148