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Gratitude as a Spiritual Discipline
Publication Date:
6/14/2006
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0100

What does it mean to have an attitude of thankfulness? Sure the theme of thankfulness appears often in the Bible, but what does that mean? Are Christians to appear happy even if they are not?

Not at all. True Christian thankfulness is not the same as having a positive outlook or looking on the bright side of things. Christian thankfulness draws us closer in intimacy with the God who cares about every human need and closer to Jesus who wept over the needs of the people of Jerusalem. Prayers of gratitude are usually expressed side by side with prayers of deep intercession for the needs of the world. God calls us to be thankful in all things, not for all things.

The author begins this study by sharing her personal story of transformation as she incorporated the spiritual discipline of thankfulness in her daily life and prayers. She then walks through the theme of thankfulness in the Old and New Testaments, challenges those who confuse thankfulness with optimism, and provides practical suggestions for ways to include thankfulness in our life and our prayers.

Lynne M. Baab, Ph.D. (www.lynnebaab.com) is the author of several books and Bible study guides on spiritual practices, including Sabbath Keeping and Fasting. She has also written books on online communication, such as Friending and Reaching Out in a Networked World. She is a Presbyterian minister and teaches pastoral theology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.


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