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Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  76 reviews
What does it mean to truly live gratefully, every day? In Wake Up Grateful, Kristi Nelson, executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, unlocks the path to recognizing abundance in every moment, and gives readers the tools to bring this transformational shift in perspective into their daily lives. Nelson goes beyond the proverbial question of whether the glass is h ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published October 27th 2020)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
The author reflects on gratitude as a practice, discusses it in the context of her own life (dealing with and getting through stage iv cancer) and quotes from others who are reflecting on gratitude in their own practice. Her thinking/practice is heavily influenced by Brother David Steindl-Rast, and they both seem to be affiliated with the Network for Grateful Living which has helpful tools such as daily gratitude journaling prompts.

These kind of books... I usually end up feeling they are repeti
Literary Redhead
During the COVID pandemic, I’ve tried to count my blessings more. So when I found Kristi Nelson’s book on NetGalley, I snatched it up. Executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, she turned to thankfulness to survive stage four cancer at 33. In WAKE UP GRATEFUL, she shares transformative techniques to go from “woe is me” to “thank you.” It’s a big spiritual shift that impacts mind, body and soul. I’m starting right now to follow Kristi’s example. Read this book and I bet you will too!

Kirsty ❤️
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really well rounded look at gratitude and how to educate your brain to see the joy in life every day. I really enjoyed doing the exercises. I liked that it can be picked up at any point in life and there's something for every scenario. Really enjoyed it. ...more
“You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chodron

Wake up grateful was a practical guide to understanding how to be grateful.
The author explains through her own journey and other helpful examples how to do that. The grateful perspective is a practiced thing. It has to be worked at every day. It helps to focus on a person on life. And....
The book gives a step by step suggestions “to do” list to awaken your beliefs in gratefulness. The
Aug 26, 2020 added it
As I am currently researching about gratitude and grateful living, this book came at the perfect time. I got the chance of reading a detailed book about grateful living with tips and prompts at the end of each chapter.

However, I couldn't connect with the book as much as I wished. All the helpful and reasonable topics discussed in the book seemed to fly past me. This is at my fault because the book is very well crafted and composed.

I cannot rate it, but I would still recommend to anyone interes
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book worth owning and revisiting slowly. Also it is particularly well timed for the COVID challenges we have been living through in 2020. Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of a Network for Grateful Living, has taken the foundational teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast and developed insights and practices which are easily applied to our every day lives. Interwoven throughout, she shares her personal story of encountering and surviving Stage Four cancer as a young woman. (I love the ...more
Jamie Jack
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Embrace the More Inclusive Idea of Gratefulness

Audiobook and eBook Review:
As one who enjoys reading self-help books, I couldn't pass this one up when I saw it at one of my favorite book review sites. I am so glad I chose it as both an audiobook and an eBook. While I certainly enjoyed listening to the author narrate the book—and I do think when authors narrate their own books, the audiobook is so much better because you can feel the author's passion for their writing and subject—I'm so glad I cho
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
The main positive I got from this book is 'life is a gift'. As much as we all know this, we can forget and a reality check is needed sometimes for us to be grateful.

I did struggle with this book, I'm trying to be more open minded and some of the sections I couldn't get to grips with.

Does encourage you to wake up and take stock of all the things you are grateful for.

Books like this as always quite personal i feel so depends what headspace you are in when reading them.

Wouldn't read again, or rec

The focus of Wake Up Grateful is on taking a proactive approach to gratitude and mindfulness. I like the way that Nelson phrased it:

“Gratefulness is a way of being that helps us focus our attention and navigate our lives with gratitude as our compass.”

Nelson's book is divided into two sections. The first discusses five guiding principles and then five perspectives for cultivating a gratitude mindset. One of the five principles, for example, was about finding ways to value and appreciate the ordi
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring book
wissem lakhal
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.” We can have all the things we think should bring us happiness, but without gratefulness, contentment will be elusive.”
It was an interesting book
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm conflicted on my rating because Wake Up Grateful was dry. I listened to the audiobook and the author narrated it. She wasn't horrible but I would have preferred a professional.

I'm also sure my style of listening to an hour of the book at a time made the book less enjoyable. The author broke the material into tiny segments with questions at the end. This would be a great book to own and read slowly. I was on a library deadline. I know I would have enjoyed this better if I would have slowed d
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Kristi Nelson discusses grateful living and the difference between this and mere gratitude, which she describes as a more fleeting experience. I'm certainly behind the whole gratitude thing, but this book didn't "spark" for me. It felt repetitive at times, with the author emphasizing the same points - be grateful, appreciate what's right in front of you. Got it ;)

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to preview this book.
2 unsatisfying stars

Waking Up Grateful is well organized. Part I covers Five Guiding Principles: Life is a Gift, Everything is Surprise, The Ordinary is Extraordinary, Appreciation is Generative, and Love is Transformative. Part II focuses on bringing the grateful practice into areas we need support, such as emotions, relationships, loss, and our world, and ‘legacy.’

Nelson’s book Wake Up Grateful states that it is offered as a guidebook – plus much more. A book you can pick up any time, open,
Covenant Way
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Wake up Grateful by Kirsten Nelson is a work that seeks to expand on the idea of gratefulness into a lifestyle. Sometimes a little highbrow and metaphorical, the author tries to prevent this with practical application based on principles that run throughout the book.

This is a book to read slowly with a journal by your side in order to get the full effect. That was the mistake that I made; I read this book to finish it, rather than reading to let the message sink in. While the life-guiding ideas
Kimberly Barnes
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book, “Wake Up Grateful” is a guidebook and framework to transform your life. It allows you to see your life as a source of hope. Due to the current national pandemic, this book is especially helpful and can be a transforming process of your everyday life. You can use what that author has set forth in this book and personalize it to what works for you. Part 1 of this book focuses on the 5 guiding principles for grateful living. These 5 guiding principles include: life is a gift, everything i ...more
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook Review of Wake Up Grateful by Kristi Nelson.
"Open your heart to the things that now enrich your life but came from loving something or someone you had to let go. Be grateful to your heart for its beautiful courage." ~Kristi Nelson, Wake Up Grateful.

Kristi Nelson is a cancer survivor who fought for her recovery and wrote this book as a lesson for the power of gratefulness. She does a beautiful job narrating her book and sharing her vulnerabilities as personal examples. She provides nume
Katherine Dixon
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Kristi Nelson's premise for her text is powerful and persuasive. Her initial commitment to grateful living was catalysed by a cancer diagnosis, however she explains that as her life returned to "normal" she found herself falling back into old habits. This makes her story extremely emotive, but also highly relatable. The distinction she makes early in the text between "gratitude", which is definitely a well-being buzzword at the moment, and "grateful living", which the book advocates, is instruct ...more
Brigitte Yuille
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wake up Grateful by Kristi Nelson talks about cheating life and cheating death to get to a point of gratefulness. She went from always wanting more to focusing on what works and what's enough in each moment. Nelson wrote a book articulating a framework of teachings so gratefulness becomes actionable. I found that the book was a guide to make people more reflective about gratitude.
I reviewed the audiobook via NetGalley and I will say that the pace of the narration and tone weren't too helpful. I
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgally
Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted by Kristi Nelson
Narrated by Kristi Nelson
Publisher: Workman Audio
Genre: Health, Mind & Body | Nonfiction (Adult)
Release Date: November 24, 2020

Wake Up Grateful by Kristi Nelson is a book about changing your perspective and focusing on "Grateful Living". I really wanted to love this book!

I found the book to be interesting, but there were a lot of things that didn't work for me (& those stood out more). I found the book t
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is beautiful. If I'm honest I've been reading it at a very angry and depressed time in my life. half the time I would read it, I would be angry because I would know that she was right but I'm too tired to keep fighting. And then I'd keep listening and I would know that she was right to the point where it would push me to fight again. And that's really saying something. I was lucky enough to receive this book from #Netgalley to review for free. I read it because I knew I needed help and ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I have already gave my review about the audiobook version of this same book that I have liked and I got to learn some of things about gratefulness in an everyday life as a practice. Being grateful is not an easy task and mainly when times are difficult and to know how to be and stay grateful in each moment and for everything even for the tiniest little things in our lives. Gratefulness is really bigger than wh
Kelsey Mahoney (The Reading Nook)
Happy pub day to Wake up Grateful!

This year it has been a bit more difficult for me to find gratitude in every day life. As an effort to be more grateful, I started writing gratitude lists when I journal. When I came across Kristi Nelson's "Wake up Grateful" on NetGalley, I knew I had to pick it up! Now, my ARC is in the form of an audiobook; I listened to this while mindlessly cleaning, winding down for the night or while going on walks. Listening to personal stories as well as tips & tricks on
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kristi Nelson came incredibly close to losing her life to cancer. She recovered and wrote this book to remind us all that life is worth living and that we should be grateful for every day. Living with gratitude is not a new theme in the self-help advice genre, but Kristi's personal experiences bring something original to this genre. With the beginning of the book, I was afraid that this was another book that was just going to repeat "live with gratitude" over and over again in different ways. Ho ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Storey Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I needed a book like this in our collection at our library. During this difficult time, we lose sight on the blessings and gifts that we have already been given and instead of using them to our benefit, we wish for more. Wake Up Grateful was a great tool in reminding us that we should acknowledge the blessings we already have to help us lo
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated the author's statement that having cancer makes you feel appreciative for the life you are living in new ways. While I haven't had cancer, I did fracture my foot years ago and after sliding down steps on my bottom and hobbling around on crutches, it occurred to me that I never truly appreciated my feet before, but I certainly did after that!

Kristi Nelson acknowledges that some of what she has learned along the way is from the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast. (You ca
suzie almond
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This easily accessible book is written from the heart of the author who experienced a life threatening illness and you can feel her passion for her subject on every page. She clearly shows what she has discovered about the benefits of living a grateful life and she sets out to encourage the reader to think about themselves and how they respond to the world around them. Something which is more vital than ever in the current unsettled world we find ourselves. It is full of questions which make you ...more
Anita Readmore
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
There is a difference between Gratefulness and Gratitude. I appreciate Kristi Nelson’s stark distinction between the two in WAKE UP GRATEFUL, because this is far too often overlooked.

The activities in the book are actionable, and there are lovely passages interspersed throughout the book. While its positive message goes a long way (especially this year), there are many redundancies that made reading through less enjoyable for me. Driving the point home is necessary, especially when developing a
Sharon Naylor Toris
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that struggling people are looking for! Especially now, when we're getting dragged around by current events, we're looking for some help in feeling better, whether its for just an attitude check or if you're feeling yourself pulled down into the spiral of depression. The premise of this book is to re-wire your brain to make gratitude a more automatic lifestyle, and that's way better than starting from zero and having to convince yourself of gratitude every day. This book ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to receive an ARC of Wake Up Grateful, because as a counselor I am aware of the importance of a gratitude practice on well being and happiness. This is often an area where I fall off track, forgetting to be consciously grateful, and so this book was a welcome guide back into a gratitude practice. The principles outlined in the book are broadly Stop. Look. Go. The book expands on each of these, and also includes the story of the author and her personal illness and recovery which I f ...more
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