Gratitude is an emotion similar to appreciation. The American Psychological Association more specifically defines this phenomenon as a sense of happiness and thankfulness in response to a fortunate happenstance or tangible gift. At BCLS, we’re thankful to have so many books to offer our readers, including these fascinating reads:
The Answer to Anxiety: How to Break Free from the Tyranny of Anxious Thoughts and Worry by Joyce Meyer
This book offers suggestions for how to break free from worry and anxiety, before it steals one’s peace of mind.
Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: and Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who’s Been There by Tara Schuster
The author was a TV executive who learned how to change her mind, body and relationships.
Dear Santa by Debbie Macomber
“Feeling low after her boyfriend cheated on her, Lindy Carmichael Heads home to Wenatchee, Washington for Christmas where her mother encourages her to write a grown-up letter to Santa Claus which ultimately brings her hope and joy.”
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig
“Poetically defining emotions we all feel but don’t have the words to express, the creator of the popular online project of the same name invites readers on his epic quest to fill the gaps in the language of emotion.”
Finance for the People: Getting a Grip on Your Finances by Paco de Leon
Learn how to manage your finances and change your relationship with money. If we can change our mindset and choose to be grateful, we can learn to manage our money.
Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
Richard Shakespeare aspires to be a famous actor like his brother, William. However, as William’s popularity increases, Richard’s gratitude wanes. In time, a manuscript is missing, Richard is a suspect, and “he must play the part of a lifetime.”
Grace Under Fire by Julie Garwood
Grace McKenna goes to Boston to attend the Buchanans’ anniversary party. After getting lost, a man who is wounded runs into her, and his shooter chases both of them. Grace kills the shooter, and the police question and later release her; because of the help of attorney Michael Buchanan, Grace should be grateful, but gratitude is not what she is feeling.
Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass
“Bass explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls.”
Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise with Marcus Brotherton
“Gary Sinise shares the never-before-told story of his journey from trouble-making Chicago kid to cofounder of the Legendary Steppenwolf Theater Company, world-famous actor, and tireless advocate for America’s Active duty defenders, veterans, and first responders.”
Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival by Joan Lunden
“In this brave and deeply personal memoir, one of America’s most beloved journalists, mother, and New York Times bestselling author speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about and teach others, and the transformative effect it’s had on her life."
In the Shadow of the Mountain: A Memoir of Courage by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
This book “is a remarkable story of heroism, one which awakens in all of us a lust for adventure, gratitude for the strong women in our lives, and faith in our own resilience.”
Leading with Gratitude: Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results by Adrian Robert Gostick and Chester Elton
In this invaluable guide, the authors identify the widespread and pernicious myths about managing others that cause leaders to withhold thanks.
The Power of Thank You: Discover the Joy of Gratitude by Joyce Meyer
The author encourages us to take a look at ourselves and the importance of being thankful.
Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren
“This book offers a prayerful and frank approach to the difficulties in our ordinary lives at work, at home, and in a world filled with uncertainty.”
The Secret to Love, Health, and Money: A Masterclass by Rhonda Byrne
“This in-depth master class from the author of the groundbreaking bestseller The Secret illustrates how to apply the law of attraction to three of life’s most important areas: relationships, health, and money.”
Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith
“A weave of biography, criticism, and memoir, Shine Bright is Danyel Smith’s intimate history of Black women’s music as the foundational story of American pop . . . “
Think You’ll Be Happy: Moving Through Grief with Grit, Grace, and Gratitude by Nicole Avant
The author “gives a raw and courageous look into how she found the light in her darkest moment. She reminds us that grief is different for everyone, and we have the power to move through it in our own unique way.” --Cleo Wade, New York Times best-selling author
The Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo
This is a “new translation by Scot James Hogarth for the first unabridged English edition of the novel, which tells the story of an illiterate fisherman from the Channel Islands who must free a ship that has run aground in order to win the hand of the woman he loves, a shipowner’s daughter.”