Note: I did receive a complimentary copy of this book but all opinions are my own.
This LDS Non-Fiction book is written by a former mission president and retired religion professor at BYU-Idaho. Each of the 31 chapters focuses on different aspect of how to incorporate thankfulness into your life. The chapters begin with a quote from a leader in the church, continue with a personal anecdote with suggestions on how that aspect of thankfulness is important, and close with questions and scripture references to further your study. The short chapters are broken down into 31 easy-to comprehend principles so you can read it over the course of a month, a chapter a day, and get your daily dose of gratitude.
This book gave me answers to questions that I didn’t know I had. My life as a busy mother of two is hectic and stressful and I often end my days feeling like I haven’t done anything worth while. I have gotten into the very bad habit of complaining a lot. This book showed me why it’s important to have an ‘attitude of gratitude’ and how just slowing down and opening my mind will allow me to notice the Lord’s hand in everything in my life.
My prayers have become more meaningful. My day to day struggles have become a little less difficult. My attitude of complaining is slowly shifting into a more optimistic view of the Lord’s plan for me. I would have never thought that the key to being happier is being more grateful but I am living proof that it is.
My hectic busy schedule taking care of a toddler and an infant doesn’t leave a lot of time for reading. I found that these chapters are short enough that I could easily read one a day. The questions at the end of each chapter are so thought-provoking and have given me great material for my daily journal writing. On days where I didn’t have a lot of time, I would read the chapter and read through the questions but maybe not write my answers in my journal or look up the individual scriptures. On other days where the kids had a longer nap time, I could take my time really pondering how I could improve my life and way of thinking by the principle taught in that chapter. It really is so perfect to be able to incorporate one principle a day; they really build off each other.
I never would have guessed that there were so many different aspects to gratitude but it just goes to show how you can really incorporate it into every little part of your life. I’ve started keeping an ongoing list of my blessings in my phone, it’s a great place to keep it since I can update it anytime. On hard days I’ve been able to take a step back and see all of the Lord’s tender mercies. It’s been humbling to recognize that everything I have and everything I do, I have not done alone. It’s been important for me to realize Heavenly Father’s guiding hand in my life and see that he is setting me on my path and giving me all the tools, I just need to recognize it and follow his plan. And then thank Him for never leaving me comfortless.
I really cannot recommend this book highly enough. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know. It’s so easy to read a little bit everyday and Christensen is a great writer. His personal anecdotes are on point and enjoyable to read. This is not a book to read once and set on a shelf to collect dust. It’s a book full of helpful ideas, questions and quotes to refer to on a regular basis.
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