An "attitude of gratitude" can make a world of difference—even in the midst of life's worst tragedies. In A Thankful Heart: How Gratitude Brings Hope and Healing to Our Lives, Carole Lewis, national director of the First Place 4 Health weight-loss program, shares a personal testimony of thankfulness despite the tragic death of her daughter, killed by a drunk driver on Thanksgiving Day 2001.
So many people are stuck in the pain of their problems, unable to see beyond the hurt in their lives. Giving thanks in such circumstances may seem impossible, but thankfulness is a powerful tool God uses to heal wounded hearts and transform "stuck" people. In A Thankful Heart, readers will hear real life stories from people like them who have discovered the power of thankfulness to change both their inward attitude and their outward situation. Plus, this warm, inspiring book contains a Thankfulness Journal to guide readers into a new perspective and record the healing process as it unfolds.
CAROLE LEWIS is the national director of First Place 4 Health, the Christ-centered health and weightloss program. A warm, transparent and humorous communicator, Carole is a popular speaker at workshops, seminars and conferences around the country. She is also the author of several popular books, including Stop It! and Give God a Year, Change Your Life Forever. Carole and her husband, Johnny, have three adult children (one deceased), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A Thankful Heart is like a warm hug from this amazing author! Carole Lewis offers readers a glimpse into her own life, revealing a mosaic of sorrow and disappointment, which surprisingly ushers in times of Christian joy. No, she hasnt uncovered a secret remedy to the worlds problems; she merely decided to take the Bible verses on thankfulness to heart.
As the current leader of First Place, a Christian weight-loss program, the author understands that the thoughts of the heart greatly influence the rest of the body. Being thankful in all situations is both a command from God as well as a choice to make. As believers gently rest in Gods providence and direction, they can confidently praise Him in all circumstances. This inward spiritual trust then transcends to the physical realm, providing a tangible feeling of peace and joy. Yet, it all starts with a conscious decision.
Carole Lewis had to make this decision many times in her life. These pages allow readers to come alongside her as she hears the news of her daughters death, files for bankruptcy, and provides support to her husband following a diagnosis of cancer. Each of these personal stories resounds with a stark sense of realism. As she reaches out through a veil of tears to embrace the biblical concept of giving thanks in all circumstances, grief gives way to gratitude. These pages literally tremble with the exchange of emotions and the excitement of drawing closer to the Lord in perfect trust.
A Thankful Heart pulses with a sense of authenticity and authority. Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com