Gratefulness : The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life by Susan Muto
Many popular secular books today explore how embracing gratitude can lead to a happier, healthier life. In Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life, Susan Muto reveals that grateful living is not another new fad but has been the way of saints and Christian mystics for centuries.
In this insightful, inspiring book, she explores how life-changing a spirit of gratefulness can be by using both personal and well-known examples of the struggles and rewards of grateful living. Muto and like thinkers such as Julian of Norwich, St Thérèse of Lisieux, Henri J M Nouwen, and Dorothy Day highlight the power of gratitude as a grace from God and walk with us as we learn to practise thankfulness.
We start the journey towards gratefulness by embracing gratitude in all circumstances and end it by thankfully accepting the missions God entrusts to each of us. Along the way, we begin to accept God's grace by understanding
•the benefits of positivity and dangers of negativity,
•the redemptive power of prayer, and
•the lasting fruits of thankfulness.
A spirituality of gratitude reminds us that, even without the possessions, luxuries, or leisure time society claims are the most important things in life, God still loves, cares, and knows what's best for us. Muto also provides practical tools that help us embrace this grace in our lives
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“In this reflective work on gratitude, renowned spiritual author Susan Muto offers God’s people a critical word for today. She provides a vibrant explication on fulfilling the apostolic command to ‘give thanks in all circumstances’. Even as much of the world sinks into the darkness of depreciation and offence, Muto shines the joyful light of Christ upon the path of those yearning for something more than seeing only what is wrong with life.”
Stephen L Martyn
Asbury Theological Seminary
About the Author
Susan Muto, PhD, recipient of lifetime achievement award presented by the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (2009) and Aggiornamento Award by the Catholic Library Association (2014), is executive director of the Epiphany Association, and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr Muto has been teaching the literature of ancient, medieval, and modern spirituality for over forty years and has served in various administrative and teaching positions at the Institute of Formative Spirituality (IFS) at Duquesne University. She has written more than forty books, many of them co-authored with Father Adrian van Kaam.