Grateful: The Transformative Power Of Giving Thanks

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The author of the multiple award-winning Grounded and leading trend spotter in contemporary Christianity explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.

More and more people are finding God beyond the walls of traditional religious institutions, but these seekers often miss the church community itself, including its shared spiritual practices such as gratitude. While four out of five Americans have told pollsters they feel gratitude in their daily lives, cultural commentator and religion expert Diana Butler Bass finds that claim to be at odds with the discontent that permeates modern society.

There is a gap, she argues, between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully—a divide that influences our understanding of morality, worship, and institutional religion itself. In Grateful, Bass challenges readers to think about the impact gratitude has in our spiritual lives, and encourages them to make gratitude a "difficult and much-needed spiritual practice for our personal lives and to make a better world."

Grateful is partially an individual, emotional response to our circumstances, but research has shown that what we often miss is how much more it is a communal, actionable response. Bass examines this more unexpected experience of gratitude, and reveals how people and communities can practice it and thrive, whether or not they are part of a traditional religious community.


  • 001 Grateful

    Duration: 30s
  • 002 Dedication Quotes Confession No Thanks

    Duration: 45min
  • 003 Part 01 Chapter 01

    Duration: 45min
  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duration: 51min
  • 005 Part 02 Chapter 03

    Duration: 48min
  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duration: 41min
  • 007 Part 03 Chapter 05

    Duration: 35min
  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duration: 51min
  • 009 Part 04 Chapter 07

    Duration: 45min
  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duration: 01h03min
  • 011 Epilogue

    Duration: 40min
  • 012 Credits

    Duration: 01min