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The Way of Gratitude: Readings for a Joyful Life
Inspired ideas, stories, essays, poems, meditations, and testimonies from great writers that will add gladness to each of your days. Among the more than 50 contributors are David Brooks, Joan Chittister, James Martin, Mary Oliver, Henri Nouwen, Joyce Rupp, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Richard Rohr.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 22nd 2017 by Orbis Books
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This is a collection of vignettes, prayers, and reflections on the idea of gratitude. Some heavy hitters here: Mary Oliver, Joan Chittister, Fr. Jim Martin, Thich Nhat Hanh, David Brooks, Oliver Sacks, Thomas Merton. Aside from a half-dozen or so passages, though, this one fell a little flat for me, with the rhythm of a Sunday sermon to sit and endure. Nevertheless, I still liked it. Orbis Books has a similar volume, The Way of Kindness, which I may pick up as well.
Excellent collection of short essays on the subject of gratitude. Spiritually inspiring; not limited to a specific religion. The essays are written by the famous and the not-so-famous, provide plenty of thought-provoking ideas and ways to bring more gratitude, and as a result more joy, into your daily life.
I certainly appreciated the timing of this book as a devotional during the beginning months of 2020. However, the authors seem to believe that all spiritual experiences are going to be considered equally valid no matter what faith you are. I prefer to stick to thinkers and writers whose beliefs align with traditional Christianity when pursuing my spiritual devotions.
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