4 out of 4 stars
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The Power of Thanksgiving: A Blueprint for Contentment, Fulfillment, and Well-Being through Gratitude by Joyce Addo-Atuah is a book that truly covers many of the benefits and results from having a lifestyle of thanksgiving. The book describes the spiritual, psychological, physical, and relational benefits of practicing a life of gratitude and being thankful.
The book begins with an explanation of the history of the Thanksgiving holiday and the purpose of giving thanks to God and to the Natives who helped the Pilgrims survive in the new land. The author quickly states that this book would be about living a lifestyle of thanksgiving and not just a once-a-year occasion. The chapters are all divided into different aspects of the meaning and practice of thanksgiving as a lifestyle: the what, why, when, and how of this wonderful attitude of gratitude affecting everything and everyone. Each chapter is sprinkled with quotes, Bible verses, hymns, and the author’s personal experiences. The author is actively living a lifestyle of thanksgiving as her book testifies.
I especially liked that the author not only points out that we should thank God for his goodness and love but also thank the people who have blessed us in our lives. God is able to be good to us through anything and anyone to bless us in our lives. When we develop this attitude of gratitude, we will see and experience even more to be thankful for, including simple everyday things, such as the air we breathe and the water we drink. I really like all the benefits the author mentioned from being thankful.
Being thankful leaves no room for negativity nor having a complaining attitude. A truly thankful person will be pleasant to be around, will have a positive outlook on life, and will be able to be happy for others experiencing blessings and happiness. The author mentions that a thankful person will be a forgiving person and a giving person. She encourages people to get right with family, friends, and neighbors and to not only donate time, talent, and treasure but to express thankfulness to people who have blessed us and to treat all people with dignity and respect.
This well-written book covered so many different aspects of the meaning and practice of thanksgiving in an organized way with plenty of personal examples, quotes, use of Scriptures from the Bible, and hymns that I rate The Power of Thanksgiving 4 out of 4 stars. I cannot think of anything that I didn’t like about the book, except for the several small errors found, such as missing hyphens, quotation marks, and capital letters that were needed. However, I had an overall feeling that the book was well edited as I read it, and these errors did not take away the ease and enjoyment of reading the material. Because of the heavy use of Bible passages and hymns, this book would appeal most to Christians and people who do not mind the Christian viewpoint of living a lifestyle of thanksgiving. However, I think many people would enjoy and benefit from reading this book as a practical guide to practice gratitude and to know and experience the benefits of being thankful.
The Power of Thanksgiving
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