Book Giveaway: “A Thankful Heart” by David A. Christensen (US, Ends 10/4) EASY Entry!

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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book for review. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.

A Thankful Heart blog tour


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

David A Christensen

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.”

My Take

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).

Sample tweet:

For more info:

David Christensen’s website is: Readers can find more information there on how to order books, etc.


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    Linda Moffitt says:

    I am grateful for my children

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    I am thankful for my children.

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    My niece :)

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    This seems like such an amazing, inspirational book. I would love to read this and also let my mama read this. I recognize things each day the older I get about how thankful I am for my family and my sweet Nana whom I live with. She is my rock and I am so very thankful for her!

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    I am grateful that I live in a safe, beautiful place.

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so Grateful for all the Love I Receive in my life~

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    I am grateful for soooooo many things in my life but today I am going to be thankful for husband who truly is the most wonderful patient man on the planet!!

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    Nataile Brown says:

    I am grateful that, despite having multiple chronic illnesses, I have a beautiful life and can still take care of myself. :)

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    I’m thankful for my husband who cooks dinner for the family every night.

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am Thankful for my Two Beautiful, Loving Daughters!

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    I am grateful for the brave people who fight fires and save lives.

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    I left a tweet about entering the giveaway:

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    I am grateful that I have a roof over my head everyday, and a place to sleep at night in peace.

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    Julie Waldron says:

    I am grateful for my husband and my two daughters. Also grateful for my wonderful IL’s and extended family.

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    apple blossom says:

    I am grateful for my daughters

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so Grateful for my Loving Husband Of 50 years~

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    I’m thankful for my good health.

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    I’m very grateful for my family.

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    I am grateful for good night sleep nights.

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I a very Grateful for Both of my loving Daughters! The are lovely and smart and Good Girls~

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    I am grateful for my husband. I do not know what I would do without him.

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am Thankful for my 8 Beautiful, Sweet Loving Grandchildren! I am Blessed!

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    I’m grateful for my hubby!

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    grateful for my parents they’re the best

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am also Thankful for my 4 Beautiful Great Grand Children! Again I am so Blessed~

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    Judy Schechter says:

    I’m grateful that I have people that care about me!

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so thankful for all my Brothers and Sisters. We are very close and are always there for each other!! Blessed!!

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    Judy Schechter says:

    I’m grateful that I have a place to rest my head every night because not everyone does!

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so Thankful that I woke up this morning to another day Of life!!

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    Judy Schechter says:

    I’m so grateful that my family is so generous to me and helps me out every month!

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    Julie Waldron says:

    I’m thankful for my IL’s.

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am Thankful to have a Home to live in!

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    Teresa Moore says:

    I am grateful for my daughter who is such a joy and blessing to me and others.

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    Teresa Moore says:

    I retweeted your link. My twitter is Sessy_05

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so thankful for all the freedom I have in this Great Country!!

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am Thankful for all the Loving friends that I Have!!

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so thankful for my 2 Sweet Furbabies. They really are my best friends! They always listen to me and they don’t disagree with me! lol! Love them..

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so Thankful for the Food on our table and that we aren’t hungry!

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    Terra Heck says:

    I am grateful for a wonderful husband and a forgiving God. Thanks.

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am Thankful for all the Soldiers and Vets that are fighting and have fought for our freedom!!

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so Thankful for such a Special Son-in-Law Sam. Hehas done so much for me and my husband. He still is doing for us! He is a great Husband to my Daughter. A great dad to their kids An awesome Grandpa to his Grandchildren.God Bless you always Sam~ :0))

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    danielle hammelef says:

    I am very thankful for my family. I tweeted:

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    Shaylin S. says:

    I am thankful for my family.

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am thankful that I can still do the things I Love to do~

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so Thankful for my Loving Father who Arts in Heaven~

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am Very thankful for all my Blessings and Love I have in my Life!

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    Cathy Jarolin says:

    I am so Thankful that I can Worship my God in Freedom!

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