August 13, 2015 Editor

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to LIVE FULLY Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010, 237 pp; Radical Gratitude, Mary Jo Leddy, Maryknoll: Orbis, 2002, 182 pp; The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence, and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual, Margaret Visser, Toronto: HarperCollins, 2010, 458 pp.

All three books are rich resources in the profound spirituality of gratitude. They deserve repeated revisiting. Reviewing all three together hardly begins to do justice to their content.

I chose to display the cover of the third book under review.

An excerpt, found in all three books, is the citation from Dag Hammerskjöld. Margaret Visser frames it below:

She writes a little later:

Giving and gratitude, on the other hand, are the beginning and stuff of transcendence: a free response in love to another person, to the group to which one belongs, to all groups in society including one’s own, to humankind as a whole, to the earth, to the universe, and – both finally and first – to God. In 1953, during a moment when he was reflecting on the inevitable coming of death, Dag Hammerskjöld wrote:
     “– Night is drawing nigh –”
     For all that has been – Thanks!
     To all that shall be – Yes!
Willing acceptance of everything to come – as for all of his past – is his thankful and trusting response to God for the givenness of his life (p. 376).

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Subjects: gratitude, spirituality, thanksgiving


Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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