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Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  450 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Gratitude is a choice. If we fail to chose it, by default we choose ingratitude. And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself but with a lot of other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy. To not choose gratitude - daily and deliberately - is more costly than we usually realize. And when we do choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gra ...more
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Published August 1st 2009 by Moody Publishers
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Bluerose's  Heart
Reading Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy was quite an eye-opening experience for me! And, an emotional one. I cried...A LOT. I've made it no secret that I'm most likely THE most emotional person you could ever meet. I think this book may have set a record for just HOW much it made me cry, though.

It was hard for me to realize just how UNGRATEFUL I really am!

Not long after he arrived back home, Paul was visiting with a church leader from India who had come to the States to study. In the mid
Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abundant as the grace that flows into your life? This question is on the back of this book, and it so rightfully sums up this book. Nancy DeMoss looks at what it means to be a grateful person and why it matters much deeper than we usually think about gratefulness.

Choosing Gratitude takes being grateful and thankful to a whole new level. As with all of Nancy Demoss’s books, this one gets right to the heart of the subject in the very beginning. There
I won't say that this book changed my life, but it certainly changed my attitude in the midst of a tough situation at work.
Mazzou B
Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abundant as the grace that flows into your life?

You may think of yourself as a pretty grateful person, I know I did. I am one of the most thankful people for all the blessings the Lord heaps upon me! But what about the hard times? What about the lessons and trials of life which are sent by God?

As I force myself to realize, being grateful for God's work in your life a year after, is not true gratitude. Imagine how different your life would be if yo
Honestly, I wasn’t very excited to read Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, but I agreed to review it for Moody Publishers. Wow! Was I surprised! This book held so much more than I was expecting. Author DeMoss states that gratitude is not merely a second-tier virtue in the Christian life--it is vital. At first I was doubtful, but by the end of the book, I agreed. This “Christian gratitude” recognizes what we’ve received first and foremost from God including the blessings we receive from ot ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman
"Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abundant as the grace that flows into your life?"

This question, posed on the back cover, is the perfect way to sum up this book. Nancy Leigh Demoss shares why our life should be full of gratitude and how we can have that kind of depth in our life. We can trade in our whine for worship! When we accept the grace of God in our life we can be full of gratitude for what He has given us...even if it appears to be "bad" in our eyes.

I enjoyed the many re
I had not thought of myself as an ungrateful person, but reading this book showed me that I am not nearly as grateful as I should be. Nancy is open about her own struggles being grateful and so she encourages us to be more grateful as someone by our side and not as someone cracking a whip over us. It is convicting, in an encouraging kind of way. She makes you want to be more grateful because you see how much joy and blessing it brings to yourself and others. In the book she also shares some insp ...more
Annette Steele
This book was given to me at the beginning of 2014. That was a difficult year and I did NOT want to "choose gratitude" at the time. However by the time summer came I was ready to read it and absorb it and gain such wisdom from it!
Gabrielle W.
The author who brought you the book wonderful book, Lies Women Believe has done it again!
I thought I was always a glass half full sort of person, the one who always saw the bright side of things and found reasons to be thankful, but after reading Choosing Gratitude, by Nancy Leigh Demoss, I now realize how much work I still need to do in my life. Being such an easy, enjoyable, and thought provoking read, I had to make sure that I didn't fly through this book.
I wanted to share some of my favorite
Having just finished One Thousand Gifts book and Bible study, I probably should have waited to read this book. They are very similar and Nancy encourages being grateful and showing others gratitude. I think what I enjoyed about this book is that while being grateful to God she also explains how much others appreciate being thanked or shown gratefulness. It's a part of being polite but it's also deeper than that. Do you just write thank you cards because you have to or because you really want to? ...more
Marguerite Harrell
We all do need to read this book and be reminded of this all the time. We all do have so much to be thankful for. Great book to read and needed to read again.
A great reminder that gratitude is a choice. I love the author's mantra of "whine or worship." A very easy phrase to keep in my occupied brain.
Clara Roberts
This is one the best books I have seen in some time on the subject of being thankful. There are nine chapters discussing the importance of being thankful and how to express our gratitude. One key quote is "In life's hardest, most unsettling times, many of these who had lost absolutely everything had found a surprising level of solace in the God-given perspective of gratitude." "God is near. Let us be grateful." For those of us who have a personal relationship with God, DeMoss reminds us that God ...more
C.E. Hart
Choosing Gratitude—the title says it all. Our contentment stems from the choices we make. Even in times of stress, sickness, etc., we make choices on where to put our focus. Is it toward complaining? Fear? Anger? There’s a myriad of emotions we face, but facing them with a heart and core of gratitude is where we find peace.

This book is engaging, powerful, and difficult to put down. I loved the stories the author shared to display the gratitude found even in extreme causes of distress. If we ‘tea
Aug 03, 2011 Kelly added it
Loved it. Helps to put things in perspective.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it thoroughly convicted me about my limited gratitude for all that God has done for me. I've always looked for the good in any situation, even those that are devastating because God says "all things work for good for them that love The Lord". I find myself usually thanking him for things like keeping power in a storm, good medical reports, and other daily things. BUT, do I often find myself thanking God for ALL the things in my life? More importantly, d ...more
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Gratitude is a choice. If we fail to chose it, by default we choose ingratitude. And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself but with a lot of other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy. To not choose gratitude - daily and deliberately - is more costly than we usually realize. And when we do choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gratitude, we are mindful of the benefits received from our gracious Savior and those He has placed around us
A must! Everyone should read this book. When you loose grip with life, and it the glass seems half empty, this book will put things back into God's perspective. In life, there are many things we should be grateful for... and our routine ruins those precious moments to simply thank God for who He is, and all that He has done. It is a discipline to be thankful, and this book is a good start at helping one chose this way of life.
Beth Peninger
I'm currently focusing on Gratitude Attitudes for a year. So I thought it a good idea to get this title read during this focused season. I love Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She speaks truth and is solid in her teaching. But this book fell a little short for me personally. Perhaps it did, in part, because I already know or have heard most of, if not all, of the precepts she lays out in this book. One of the "problems" with being born into the church is you've heard it all before. The contents of Nancy's b ...more
WOW! Talk about an eye-opening and deeply challenging book. I'll be reading this book over and over, seeking to be transformed into a more intentionally grateful and joyful person. That takes being honest and being humble. It also takes practice, I know; however, it's much better than living as a prideful, entitled, ungrateful whiner, don't you think?!
Barbara Garrett
My takeaway phrase: guilt+grace=gratitude. Need to be often reminded. I will begin my 30- day gratitude journey tomorrow morning.
Would your friends, family, and coworkers say you're a grateful person? Do you constantly thank God for both the good and bad in your life? Would you consider yourself a peaceful person?

Get those answers and more by reading this book! It's really a deep study of the command to be thankful and grateful for all the things and circumstances of our lives. My husband says it's obviously for women, but he managed to make a weekend retreat study of it.

I definitely recommend this book, most especially i
Can't go wrong with a book that reminds you to look at what is important!
Jan 14, 2010 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Christians
This is truly an excellent book on developing gratitude in your life, including a 30-day devotional at the back to help you get started on your own journey toward joy.

Nancy Leigh is honest concerning even her own sinful shortfalls in fully surrendering herself to the Lord in her attitude of thankfulness. I know I leave this book with great conviction over my lack of thankfulness, too many times choosing to whine over my problems rather than worshiping God for His many blessings, despite the adv
I have wanted to read this book for a long time and now that I did, I wasn't impressed.

It is ok and for some exactly what people need to read for me not so much.
Elizabeth T
What a tremendous challenge and blessing to my heart this book was! One of the most convicting books I've ever read...thank you Nancy for being so very transparent and helping me to focus on intentionally being more gratitudinal!
Wonderful book! It really helped me get my focus back on God (where it should be). There are so many things in every day life to be thankful for. God has given us sooo many blessings! Gratitude really is a choice!
This book is very easy to read. I found myself re-reading several pages so that I could store her words in my memory for a long time to come. I almost wanted to highlight several sections too but I managed to refrain.
Donna Huber
It is amazing how a book can impact your life. I've had this book on my bedside table for about a year but 2 weeks ago I really had the urge to read it - you know where you can't stop thinking about the book. I hadn't realized just how ungrateful I had become in life. And how much my ingratitude towards what God has done for me has impacted my life. See my full review at
Sharon Pack
Inspirational and encouraging.
Kate Mccallum
This is a great, short book that reminds you of the great need to be grateful. It's so easy to lose track of being grateful in day-to-day life. So if you need reminded on why gratitude is so important, pick up this book. There's also a 30-day gratitude journal at the end. I have not gone through it, but it looks very helpful to get you started down the gratitude track.
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“I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship! And I can't worship without giving thanks. It just isn't possible. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.” 73 likes
“I can whine –or– I can worship!” 1 likes
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