Spirituality of Gratitude: The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness - eBook
Spirituality of Gratitude: The Unexpected Blessings of Thankfulness - eBook  -     By: Joshua Choonmin Kang
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN-13: 9780830898596

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  • 2015 Readers' Choice Award Winner
"Deep gratitude springs up from within," writes pastor and bestselling Korean author Joshua Choonmin Kang. "To become truly grateful is incredibly difficult, but the difficulty of the process makes the results all the more lovely." God invites us to enter into this world of thankfulness at every moment in our lives, even in the hard times—perhaps especially then. Pastor Kang continues: "Gratitude heals us and holds us, tethering us to one another, offering us joy and strength." As with Deep-Rooted in Christ, this book has fifty-two short chapters that can be read in weekly sabbath reflection or daily devotional use. So come and discover a spirituality of gratitude.

Author Bio

Joshua Choonmin Kang (ThM, Talbot School of Theology; MDiv, Azusa Pacific University) is founding pastor of New Life Vision Church in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, California. He is a speaker and has written books such as and Kang is also the author of thirty books in Korean, including with over 1.5 million copies in print.

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"While many books reveal how gratitude benefits our lives—grateful people have better health and relationships, for example—Kang's approach is quite different. Far from a self-help treatise, this devotional collection of 52 short chapters explores gratitude as a means of understanding God's grace."
"Pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang has done it again. If your spirit soared while reading Deep-Rooted in Christ, it will take flight again as you experience Spirituality of Gratitude. . . . This is a book deeply rooted in the personal experience of the author. It should be read and experienced more than once."
"While this is a book about cultivating an 'attitude of gratitude,' this isn't a hallmark-y, sentimental book. I appreciated the theological thoughtfulness behind each of these meditations. Kang has a gift for exploring the various circumstances of life and showcasing God’s grace there. We have a lot to be thankful for, whatever our circumstances if only we had eyes to see. Kang has eyes that see the gifts of God for us, and he helps us all to see and understand all that God has for us."
"Kang is a writer of controlled and balanced eloquence, and his heartfelt and intelligent prose here delineates the notion of the acceptance of God's grace with gratitude as an opportunity for understanding of the world and for a richer experience of God's glory. Kang's elegance is something all preachers should study and emulate. A smart, subtle essay in Christian spirituality from a pastor who deserves (and may find) wider renown as a spiritual writer."
"Pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang's slender book is a powerful invitation to wonder, beauty and the mysterious grace of God. Through brokenness we know gratitude. Through our wounds we experience Christ's love and healing power. How do we practice such gratitude? What pries away our armor of self-seeking and lets us be clothed in the Lord's beauty and power? Pastor Kang's lovely wisdom opens us to God's full weight and glory. He invites us to be thankful for a deeply transforming love."
"Instead of the normative 'stop and smell the roses' approach to gratitude, Pastor Kang shows how brave attitudes—accepting unpleasant circumstances, even embracing isolation and enduring suffering—flow from a life of gratitude and so open the door to blessing."
"In Spirituality of Gratitude, Pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang explains why dark seasons are necessary for our spiritual formation, then demonstrates the power of gratitude to help us discern and respond to the hidden presence of God. I am grateful for this book. It is a must read for every person committed to a deeper life with God."
"This book may well become a classic. The 52 brief readings provide devotional thoughts. I savored it slowly, one chapter daily, taking time to reflect; I plan to return to it regularly. I want to grow in gratefulness. 'Gratitude affords the opportunity for problems to become treasures' (p. 30)."
"Kang, author of 30 books, has a talent for packaging deep insights and quotes into brief essays that, in cultural parlance, 'pack a punch.' The two to three page essays can be read quickly but deserve time for careful thought. The book could be read over a year with one essay per week, read through in its entirety or used as a topical reference to address needs. Recommended for church libraries."

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    I have been a long time fan of Mr. Kang's writings. I was not disappointed in this book either. Simple but to the point writing and so very thought provoking. I use his writings as devotions over and over again. The chapters are one to two pages long, scripture inspired and wonderful! I understand he has numerous books written in Korean, wish I could read Korean because I would own every one that he has written! Please put more into English! Mr. Kang is one of my favorite authors along with C.S Lewis and A. W. Tozer!
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    The Language of Thanksgiving
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    Two weeks into the Beatitudes with my Sunday School class, and my ear is finally becoming accustomed to the cadence of another Kingdom, one in which those who are meek and mournful are pronounced fortunate even happy. All of this is a fitting backdrop for reading Joshua Choonmin Kangs Spirituality of Gratitude. His collection of fifty-two essays have been gleaned from his personal journal over the course of a season of suffering. In that long, dark tunnel of a year, thanksgiving overflowed in the face of his isolation and endurance, in the wake of brokenness and vulnerability, and in the midst of thorny problems and the crumbling of dreams.

    My response to Pastor Kangs words was surprisingly visceral. I needed to stop, to close my eyes, to agree in prayer with the words, and then to re-read the sentence before moving on. I finished the book over the course of several days, but, truly, that is no way to read it. Onto my nightstand it will go for another round of pondering, one essay at a time, one thought per week as a lexicon for the language of gratitude. I need time to process this wisdom:

    True gratitude is being thankful for the situation we cant be thankful for by our own strength.

    Gratitude has the ability to connect people to God and to one another. In fact, it has the power to build new bridges and to repair broken relationships, even those that seem irreparably damaged.

    Gratitude is an expression of appreciation, an articulation of what we have received. Like a receipt, our gratitude is evidence of the transaction of grace from God.

    Let us remember that miracles can happen when we value little talents and exercise them faithfully. With gratitude, let us live out the sublimity of the mundane.

    I have been challenged by Pastor Kengs words to treasure and give thanks for the small things, for the ordinary miracles of cold drinking water and a chair in the sunshine. I want to slow down for prayer and to stake out moments for pondering the latitude of suffering and the longitude of glory that exist in my every day. A spirituality that is founded in gratitude is anchored securely by roots that have been sent deep into Gods love and will result in a life that reflects Gods image with ever-increasing glory. (II Corinthians 3:18).

    This book was provided by IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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