Archives For Gratitude

 

Steindl-Rast

I’ve listened to the following On Being interview with David Steindl-Rast three times over the past week (and sections of it a fourth time).  His perspective on gratitude is so invigorating!

 
If you like this interview, you should definitely also read his book:

Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer:
An Approach to Life in Fullness

Br. David Stiendl-Rast

Paperback:  Paulist Press, 1984
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I hope you enjoy this and find it challenging:

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Tomorrow (Aug. 15) is the birthday of E. Nesbit, writer of delightful children’s stories, born 1858.

Nesbit is one of the lesser-known influences on C.S. Lewis’s Narnia:
“Lewis was deeply indebted to E. Nesbit, not only in matters of plot, character and image, but even in small details of phrasing. When he set out to write his Chronicles of Narnia, he though of them as being Nesbit books: as belonging to a type or genre practised by E. Nesbit. In many respects the Narnia books begin where the Nesbit books leave off: The Magician’s Nephew, the first of the series, begins with an allusion to Nesbit.”     – Mervyn Nicholson, “What C.S. Lewis took from E. Nesbit

 

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Gratitude
E. Nesbit

I FOUND a starving cat in the street:
   It cried for food and a place by the fire.
I carried it home, and I strove to meet
   The claims of its desire.
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Gratitude

Gratitude should guide our daily lives, and indeed it is at the heart of a different way of being, and as John Pattison and I have argued in SLOW CHURCH, it is at the heart of a different sort of economy.  Here are five classic poems that express gratitude for the abundant life of creation.

i thank You God for most this amazing
e.e. cummings

 

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Christine Pohl

Here is the third of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted earlier this month here at Englewood Christian Church.

Previously posted talks from the Slow Church conference:

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

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Christine Pohl is Professor of Church and Society at Asbury Theological Seminary.

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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

As a Mother’s Day treat,
We’re giving away 2 copies of  Ann Voskamp’s important book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

From our review:
Ann’s writing reads like letters from a poet or a priest.  She is caught up in the world where God is expressing love through the gifts which show her he can be counted upon.  There is a section where she describes contemplating a soap bubble while washing dishes.  I read with marvel as she over and over finds another way to express God’s truth and reality’s frailty and beauty here.  Ann is able to find Jesus in ten thousand places and has gifted us all with a window into a different kind of living.

[ Read the full review… ]

This book is also on our list:
TOP TEN BOOKS ON CULTIVATING GRATITUDE.

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Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Walter Rauschenbusch

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Walter RauschenbuschO God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
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Walter Rauschenbusch image via WikiMedia Commons…

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Top Ten Books on Cultivating Gratitude
ERB Playlist #4
Compiled by Chris Smith


This is the fourth in an on-going series of “playlists,” in which we recommend books around a particular theme.

“Making a mixtape (or playlist) is the opposite of indifferent. It’s heartfelt, purposeful — often a subtle form of flirtation. … [The playlist] is a way of making yourself known, an interpersonal form of show business, of making news, of replicating sounds and words you find important. It’s like poetry, because poetry is what you can’t say in any other way.”
– David Dark, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
(Our 2009 Book of the Year. Read our Review…)

 

*** A Recent essay by ERB editor Chris Smith on a theology of the playlist

[ Previous Playlist – #3 Top Ten Books that Every Pastor Should Read ]

 

*** Watch for more ERB playlists in the coming weeks and months…


With the Thanksgiving holiday coming later this week, we offer the following list of books on cultivating gratitude…

 

Top Ten Books on Cultivating GratitudeLiving into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us by Christine Pohl (Eerdmans 2012)  [ Buy now:  Amazon // Kindle ]
Although this book is not exclusively on gratitude, Pohl does begin with the virtue of gratitude and shows how it is interwoven with the virtues of making and keeping promises, truth-telling and hospitality.  This book is at the top of the list because it locates the church community as the place where we cultivate gratitude and is especially helpful in working through the challenges of doing so in a consumer society. [ Read an excerpt of this book… ]

 

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods by John McKnight and Peter Block. (B-K Publishers 2010) [ Buy now:  Amazon // Kindle ]
For us here at Englewood Christian Church, one of the most powerful practices of gratitude is our journey of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).  There are a number of John McKnight’s books that one could read to be introduced to ABCD and its deep roots in gratitude, but The Abundant Community is probably the most accessible; it stirs our imaginations with the possibilities of what it might mean to really be grateful for our neighbors and to seek an abundant and flourishing community together with them.

 

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp (Zondervan 2011) [ Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ]
This volume is an exquisitely written call to embody a life of everyday gratitude.  Our reviewer Zena Neds-Fox notes: “Ann’s writing reads like letters from a poet or a priest.  She is caught up in the world where God is expressing love through the gifts which show her he can be counted upon.  There is a section where she describes contemplating a soap bubble while washing dishes.  I read with marvel as she over and over finds another way to express God’s truth and reality’s frailty and beauty here.  Ann is able to find Jesus in ten thousand places and has gifted us all with a window into a different kind of living.”
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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
20 November 2012

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…

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ERB editor Chris Smith is doing a blog series on gratitude this week on the Slow Church blog… Read the first post: Rooted in God’s Abundant Provision

 

Poem of the Day: My November Guest by Robert Frost…

 

“??Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
– Astronomer, Edwin Powell Hubble, born on this day 1889.

 

“There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice. ” – South African writer and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer, born on this day in 1923

 

Book News:

Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

The Wake Up Call image via WikiMedia Commons

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JayberCrow.com

A Review of

The Thank You Economy.
Gary Vaynerchuk.
Hardback: HarperBusiness, 2011.
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Reviewed by Will Fitzgerald.

Gary Vaynerchuk sells wine and himself; Gary Vaynerchuk is the classic American immigrant story. He arrived in the United States at the age of four, from what is now Belarus, started working in his father’s discount liquor store as a teenager, after running a chain of lemonade stands as a nine-year-old. He helped his father increase his business from four million to over fifty million dollars. One important way he did this was by creating a video weblog about wine, a kind of everyman’s guide (he even has a New York Jets spittoon), called Wine Library TV, aka “The Thunder Show, the Internet’s Greatest Wine Show”. After recently producing his 1000th show he’s stepping it up a notch: a show every day called The Daily Grape.

And now Vaynerchuk has written a self-help guide for entrepreneurs and company owners who want to know how to use social media (such as Twitter and Facebook) successfully. Vaynerchuk as a simple prescription for companies:

At its core, social media requires that business leaders start thinking like small-town shop owners…They’re going to have to do their damndest to shape the word of mouth that circulates about them by treating each customer as though he or she were the most important customer in the world.

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“What is Enough”
Maureen Doallas

(from the new collection:
Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems by Maureen Doallas,
from TS Poetry Press)

Blessed are they who are thankful,
for they show us what is enough.

Legs twig-thinned, toes splayed,
you balance crumbed morsel
nit-picked ground to beak

and wait on
no more

blessing with skittered trillings
the handout
of a hand out.

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