Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book for review. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.
About the Book
From the author’s website: “Enjoy a happier, healthier life—starting with an attitude of gratitude! Research and revelation have both declared that staying thankful results in a host of benefits and blessings. You will be grateful for this book which contains a full month of ideas, quotes, and scriptures to get you feeling more grateful and help you see the Lord’s hand in your life.”
About the Author
From the publisher’s website: “David A. Christensen has taught missionary preparation and Book of Mormon classes for over thirty years. His testimony and enthusiasm for the restored gospel was shared with missionaries and members in the Chile Santiago North Mission where he served as president, and again in Central America when he was president of the Guatemala Missionary Training Center. He counts his children and grandchildren as his most important converts, and his best friend and wife, Deena Bond Christensen, his eternal companion.”
From the day I saw Oprah talking about her “Gratitude Journal”, I’ve been fascinated by the concept that happiness results from having a grateful heart. In my own life, I’ve experienced the power of intentionally looking for the good in life, appreciating it, and being thankful. As soon as my daughter was old enough, I started asking her every night, “What are you grateful for?” It not only reinforced a habit of looking for positives, it ended her day with happy thoughts and feelings. I’d like to think that it has contributed to her happy, sweet personality. So when I was offered a chance to review the new book from David A. Christensen, “A Thankful Heart: 31 Teachings to Recognize Blessing in Your Life”, I was excited.
I very much like the format of this book. By presenting 31 small bites of wisdom, it lends itself to daily readings. Then each chapter, starts with a quote. I love quotes! As I read, I start with the quote and then pause to think about the person who is being quoted, what they said and how it applies to my life. Then there are approximately three pages of well, I would say storytelling. Mr. Christensen shares an anecdote and then discusses the meaning. After the narrative in each chapter there is a “Self-Examination for Greater Gratitude” with thought-provoking questions. Appropriate scriptures are listed and then a “Parting Thought” that wraps everything up neatly for the reader.
I found the chapters easy to read. It almost felt as if I was listening to Mr. Christensen talk. Each chapter is flexible to adjust to your available time. I could easily see spending a week or spending a half hour, depending on your own schedule and wishes. I am not a Mormon, but I felt that the book was meaningful and would be useful for any Christian.
One lucky reader is going to win their own copy of David A. Christensen, “A Thankful Heart: 31 Teachings to Recognize Blessing in Your Life”. You can have your choice of an e-copy from the publisher or a paper copy from me!
It’s super easy to enter this giveaway. Just leave a comment and tell me something you are grateful for. You can do that every day. Also, you can tweet about it every day (or just retweet mine). Leave a comment with a link to your tweet.
Each comment will be an entry (max of two per day).
— Kelly Carpenter (@KellysLuckyYou) September 20, 2015
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