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Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

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Date Fred Read: 
September 2018
Fred's Rating: 
Diana Butler Bass
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Harper One

Diana Butler Bass, with a PhD in religious studies, is currently an independent scholar. She is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges, universities, and churches across North America. (For her books I’ve read, click on her name.)

I have the hardcover edition but I give here the Kindle edition because it has all of the 21-pp Prologue:

[None of the ISBN-10, ISBN-13, or ASIN numbers on Amazon’s websites for the three editions (Kindle, hardcover, or paperback) are recognized by Amazon, thus the ‘no image Circle' appears. I think this new change by Amazon is not good. However, you can see the images of this book's covers at the website above.]

The home page begins with a good summary (click on ‘Read more'). There is a different, but also good summary on the Front Flap of the hardcover edition. Although all of the ‘Top customer reviews’ are short, some do point to different aspects of the book. I suggest reading these short reviews, especially the one by Robin B. Anderson, whose title is “A Great Book to Read with Others: Book Clubs, Bible Studies, Entire Churches”. She tells how the book was used in her church. Some of the authors of these short reviews point out omissions and/or faults from their perspective.

One omission I noticed was what I had learned as a child from my grandpa, my parents and my church – that there is a strong correlation between gratitude and humility. To be specific: people without real humility also do not have real gratitude. They act like they do, but their lack of these virtues soon becomes apparent. And the converse is true: people with true and deep humility also have true and deep gratitude. Diana Butler Bass only mentions humility in a minor way. After reading this book, I then reread it looking for the words humility or humble. But half the pages given in the Index did not contain either word, so I concluded that the Index was not updated after some revisions to the text were made. This evidence of poor editing should not be a reflection of the author, but the editing process is at fault.

Using the ‘Look inside’ option for the Kindle edition, you will get, without any missing pages, all of the “Prologue: Confession: No Thanks” and the first ten pages of Ch. 1 – Feeling Grateful. This chapter is 20 pages long. With two chapters in each of the book’s four Parts, I think four group discussions would be sufficient for this book.

I enjoyed this book. The autobiographical style tells how the author grew into a greater and greater awareness of true gratitude. I think it would be a good book for a book-discussion group. It was a quick read, hard to put down, but ultimately somewhat disappointing in itself. I rate it at four stars.