2015 Readers' Choice Award Winner "Deep gratitude springs up from within," writes pastor and bestselling Korean author Joshua Choonmin Kang. "To become truly grateful is incredibly difficult, but the difficulty of the process makes the results all the more lovely." God invites us to enter into this world of thankfulness at every moment in our lives, even in the hard times—perhaps especially then. Pastor Kang continues: "Gratitude heals us and holds us, tethering us to one another, offering us joy and strength." As with Deep-Rooted in Christ, this book has fifty-two short chapters that can be read in weekly sabbath reflection or daily devotional use. So come and discover a spirituality of gratitude.
1. An Invitation to the Spirituality of GratitudePart I: A Source of Grace 2. The Grace of Endurance 3. The Grace of Descending 4. The Grace of Isolation 5. Grace at Our Lowest PlacePart II: What We Are Grateful For 6. Brokenness 7. Thorns 8. Vulnerability 9. Making Space for Miracles 10. Deficiency 11. Emptying Ourselves 12. Seeing the Good 13. SlownessPart III: The Power of Gratitude 14. Learning to See the Small Things 15. Softening Hearts 16. Hope for the Hopeless 17. Tasting the Bitter and the Sweet 18. The Opportunity to Learn 19. The Gift of Time 20. The Shadow of God?s Hand 21. The Grace to Restart 22. Take Care of the Roots 23. Shaping Our RelationshipsPart IV: The Spiritual Gifts of Gratitude 24. The Wisdom of Letting Go 25. Solitude 26. Encouragement 27. Rebuilding Broken Bridges 28. The Power of Expression 29. Creative Responsiveness 30. Obstacles 31. Transforming the Mundane 32. Humility: The Root of GratitudePart V: The Path to Gratitude 33. The Key of Prayer 34. The Gift Hidden in Difficulties 35. The Love of the Cross 36. The Cross and the Resurrection 37. Beauty 38. The Love of Parents 39. Mystery 40. Good Books 41. An Art of Life 42. The Joy of Playing 43. Strange Places 44. Silence 45. A Holy Touch 46. Contentment 47. Tears 48. The Comma 49. Holy Darkness 50. Holy Curiosity 51. A Quiet Spirit 52. The Glory of God Acknowledgments
"Pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang has done it again. If your spirit soared while reading Deep-Rooted in Christ, it will take flight again as you experience Spirituality of Gratitude. . . . This is a book deeply rooted in the personal experience of the author. It should be read and experienced more than once."
"Pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang's slender book is a powerful invitation to wonder, beauty and the mysterious grace of God. Through brokenness we know gratitude. Through our wounds we experience Christ's love and healing power. How do we practice such gratitude? What pries away our armor of self-seeking and lets us be clothed in the Lord's beauty and power? Pastor Kang's lovely wisdom opens us to God's full weight and glory. He invites us to be thankful for a deeply transforming love."
"Instead of the normative 'stop and smell the roses' approach to gratitude, Pastor Kang shows how brave attitudes—accepting unpleasant circumstances, even embracing isolation and enduring suffering—flow from a life of gratitude and so open the door to blessing."
"In Spirituality of Gratitude, Pastor Joshua Choonmin Kang explains why dark seasons are necessary for our spiritual formation, then demonstrates the power of gratitude to help us discern and respond to the hidden presence of God. I am grateful for this book. It is a must read for every person committed to a deeper life with God."