By Susan Muto
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Genre: Spiritual Growth
Release Date: 02/2018

Gratefulness helps readers learn to give thank in all circumstances, which is especially important in a world filled with negativity, as it helps in finding balance between the best and worst of times.

Chapter topics include the benefits of positivity, the dangers of negativity, the redemptive power of prayer, signs of progress in grateful living, and the lasting fruits of thankfulness. What’s amazing is that gratitude can actually improve the immune system, decrease depression, and boost energy levels. But to do this, we need an internal examination. We must learn the habit of the “art of appreciation” in every aspect of our life and adjust our spiritual disciplines accordingly.

Personal testimonies of well-known Christians throughout the ages—Corrie ten Boon, Brother Lawrence, St Augustine—are given. Each section ends with a prayer and questions for reflection. Although this book is written from a Catholic perspective, the principles given cross denominational barriers. Highly recommend.

—Jolane Shaffer