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240 pages
Apr 2005

Radical Gratitude: Discovering Joy through Everyday Thankfulness

by Ellen Vaughn

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"In the practice of perceiving every part of every day as a gift from Him, we stay connected to Christ." Ellen Vaughn increases that connection by helping her readers be more grateful in Radical Gratitude. Using personal anecdotes, stories, quotations, and Scripture, Vaughn takes the reader on an uplifting trip into gratitude. Chuck Colson writes a foreword for his previous writing partner: Vaughn and Colson have collaborated on nine books, plus she has written others on her own.

Vaughn breaks the book into four sections. The first stresses the importance of gratitude; the second helps us remove obstacles to being grateful; the third grants us a bigger picture of gratitude; and the fourth includes hints for developing gratitude each day.

Radical Gratitude takes the reader from first-century Masada to a current-day heinous Peruvian prison, Lurigancho, from Vaughn's ill mother's bedside to a Thanksgiving meal with a family who lost a mother and a brother in one year. She makes herself vulnerable to her readers by describing her own bout with depression. Her skillful use of stories and personal accounts will make you laugh, cry, rejoice, and be more thankful as she urges you to be the one to be thankful.

Vaughn's warm writing style uplifts and encourages as it spiritually invigorates. If you need more joy in your life, this book provides both a practical and inspirational path toward it through gratitude. – Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

“No one tells a story better than Ellen Vaughn” —Chuck Colson

Why read a nice book about gratitude? After all, being thankful is not controversial. Everyone agrees that gratitude is a good thing. Nor is it rocket science. It is simple.

But radical gratitude is also powerful, provocative, life-changing. It’s like a pair of glasses that get progressively sharper: the more we thank, the more we see to be thankful for. Gratitude is the lens that reveals God’s incredible grace at work. It is the key to tangible, everyday joy.

True to Ellen Vaughn’s signature style, this book overflows with unforgettable, surprising stories that show gratitude’s transforming power. It is fun, slightly quirky, deep . . . and immensely refreshing.