Author: Diana Butler Bass
Edition: Unabridged AUDIO
Number Of Pages: 1
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Running Time: 27900
Details: 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.''
Gratitude 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.
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