Perseverance in Gratitude

Author: David A. deSilva

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802841889

Category: Religion

Page: 588

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This commentary is the first to fully apply the resources of socio-rhetorical analysis to Hebrews. Insights into the cultural and social world of the audience are combined with analysis of the author's rhetorical strategy and ideology to create a rich, three-dimensional reading that helps unravel key issues in the interpretation of the epistle. David deSilva's reflections on application concluding each section also make his commentary valuable to seminarians and pastors seeking to make Hebrews relevant to today's world.

Living in Gratitude

Author: Angeles Arrien

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1604076410

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

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What would happen if you made gratitude your focal point for one full year? With Living in Gratitude, Angeles Arrien invites you to find out. Integrating the latest teachings from social science with stories, prayers, and practices from cultures and traditions spanning the globe, she presents a 12-month plan for making gratitude your foundation for daily living. Opening with themes such as “Beginning Anew” and “The Power of Equanimity” and progressing to “Letting Be and Letting Go,” “The Mystic Heart,” and more, readers will steep themselves in “the parent of all virtues,” exploring:?- How to overcome habitual tendencies toward envy, comparison, and narcissism;?- Blessings, learnings, mercies, and protections---the four portals to the grateful heart, and how to cultivate these key entryways in our work, relationships, health, finances, and personal growth;?- Journaling and reflection exercises, perennial and indigenous wisdoms, and universal practices for every season and situation. “The practice of gratitude bestows many benefits,” writes Angeles Arrien. “Anger, arrogance, and jealousy melt in its embrace. Fear and defensiveness dissolve. Gratitude diminishes barriers to love and evokes happiness, keeping alive what has meaning for us.” Living in Gratitude, is a dependable resource for making this cherished virtue your guiding light along life’s journey. Praise for Living in Gratitude “The daily practice of gratitude will enhance the quality of every aspect of your life, including better health, more fulfilling relationships, and greater financial abundance. This book is the best manual I have ever come across to show you how. I highly recommend it!” —Jack Canfield, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles “Having written about and practiced gratitude for over a decade, I felt there was nothing else to say about the topic. Then I read Living in Gratitude. Angeles takes the practice of thankfulness to a whole new level. Month by month, she guides us with questions and reflections to use gratefulness to grow spiritually in work, finances, health, and relationships. I give thank to her and to this book.” —M.J. Ryan, author of Attitudes of Gratitude and A Grateful Heart “Are you exhausted? Disheartened? Worried? Please do yourself a favor and read this book. Please allow this heart food to feed you at the deepest levels of your being. This is more than a book—it is a manual for living a life that you love and that matters, a life of savoring and serving, a life or inter-communication and grace. Please, let yourself be fed.” —Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer “Angeles Arrien is one of the most gifted and generous teachers of our time. She brings forward the perennial wisdom of traditional cultures and gives it accessible, pragmatic application that is essential to the health of our contemporary society. Angeles Arrien is a rare and true wise elder. She embodies what she teaches.” —Frank Ostaseski, founder and director of the Metta Institutue

In Gratitude

Author: Jenny Diski

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408879921

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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The future flashed before my eyes in all its pre-ordained banality. Embarrassment, at first, to the exclusion of all other feelings. But embarrassment curled at the edges with a weariness ... I got a joke in. 'So – we'd better get cooking the meth,' I said to the Poet. In August 2014, Jenny Diski was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given 'two or three years' to live. She didn't know how to react. All responses felt scripted, laden with cliché. Being a writer, she decided to write about it (grappling with the unoriginality even of this), and also to tell a story she has not yet told: that of being taken in, aged fifteen, by the author Doris Lessing, and the subsequent fifty years of their complex relationship. In September 2014 Jenny Diski began writing in the London Review of Books, describing her experience of living with terminal cancer, examining her life and history with Doris Lessing: the fairy-tale rescue from 'the bin' as a teenager, the difficulties of being absorbed into an unfamiliar family and the influence this had on her. Swooping from one memory to the next – alighting on the hysterical battlefield of her parental home, her expulsion from school, stacking shelves in Banbury and the drug-taking twenty-something in and out of psychiatric hospitals, Diski paints a portrait of two extraordinary writers – Lessing and herself. From one of our most original voices comes a book like no other: a cerebral, witty, dazzlingly candid masterpiece about an uneasy relationship; about memory and writing, ingratitude and anger; about living with illness and facing death.

Growing in Gratitude

Author: Mary Mohler

Publisher: The Good Book Company

ISBN: 1784982342

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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What is the difference between genuine faith and counterfeit faith? How do we know for sure that our faith is real? How can we know joy even in trials, and patience even in suffering? James is a book full of practical, life-changing help for real life. James For You makes clear its teaching and applies its challenges to the experiences of everyday Christians as Sam Allberry brings his clarity, wisdom and humour to every page. You can read through this book as a normal book... work through it as part of your daily Bible-reading routine... or use it to help you teach this letter, whether in small groups or from the pulpit.

In-gratitude and Other Poems

Author: Neville Symington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429914946

Category: Psychology

Page: 108

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'Where does the creative act come from? No one knows. All the rash of literature in recent times from artists, scientists and theologians on the subject of consciousness finds its origin in this puzzle.Creating what has happened to one into an art form has one effect: it dissolves the barrier between the present and the past. The past is constantly stimulated into life by present experiencesparticularly when listening to someone else relating their experiences. It brings me then into a close sharing of experience with the other. Analytic theories are substitutes for these personal experiences.So these poems are a few casual glimpses when the spirit has risen to the challenge. They are not a big offering but they mean a lot to me. The most important of these is the long poem IN-GRATITUDE which comes first.

In Gratitude for All the Gifts

Author: Magdalena Kay

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442644982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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In Gratitude for All the Gifts explores the literary and cultural links between the bestselling, Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney and the preeminent Eastern European poets of the twentieth century, including fellow Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and Zbigniew Herbert. Magdalena Kay opens new ground in comparative literary studies with her close analysis of Heaney's poetic work from the perspective of the English-speaking West's attraction, and especially Heane''s own attraction, to Eastern European poetry. While placing Milosz and Herbert in their cultural contexts and keeping an eye on the poems in their original Polish, this innovative and energetic study focuses on how Heaney encountered their work in translation. In Gratitude for All the Gifts thus allows us to see what happens when poetic forms, histories, and themes travel between countries and encourages us to understand cultural crossing not just thematically, but also in terms of form, voice, and aesthetic intent.


Author: Abdullah Albalawi

Publisher: Abdullah Albalawi


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 55

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The study explores the strategies used by Saudi males and females when expressing and responding to gratitude within same and mixed-gender settings. There are few studies that discuss the relationship between gender and thanking in Saudi Arabia. Altalhi (2014) analyzed the ways Saudi females express gratitude in different situations, but doesn’t address strategies used by Saudi males. Hariri (2016) examined thanking only in emails between students and staff in an academic context. This study aims to answer the following questions: 1- do males in Saudi Arabia use different strategies when thanking females or do they use the same strategies that they use with other males? 2- Do Saudi females use more strategies than Saudi males? 3- Which strategies are used most by both genders? The data for this was collected from naturally occurring settings through an academic Facebook group. This virtual community of practice includes both males and females who either have or are pursuing post-graduate studies. The group was established so that the Saudi faculty members can gather and share their experiences and answer each other’s questions. It has more than 7000 members who come from different parts of Saudi Arabia. The group members work at state universities as faculty members and have relatively similar socioeconomic level since they have the same occupation and their salaries are standardized by the government with only small differences from one university to another. The paper analyzes 200 tokens of thanking with respect to the gender of the interlocutors. The thanking acts are divided into four sections (male to male, male to female, female to male and female to female). The results showed variation in the number and type of strategy between Saudi males and females. Although it was hypothesized that Saudi females would employ more strategies per thanking event than Saudi males, the data in this study showed the opposite. Saudi males used 15% more strategies per thanking event than the Saudi females. CMC provides an unprecedented means and new tools for communication and the way thanking is expressed in CMC is somewhat different from how it is communicated in face-to-face interaction since. In the case of thanking, the study showed that the participants made use of the new options available to them, which include emoticons and the post-like function in Facebook. The participants in this study were not reluctant to use what the new technology has to offer. In fact, the most frequent strategy in this study was the post-like strategy, which is an exclusive feature of CMC generally. On the other hand, the emoticon strategy was surprisingly not used as much by the participants in this group, which may be due to the lack of intimacy between the interlocutors and the general formal tone of the group. The innovative use of both strategies suggests that the quality and quantity of gratitude expression is not constant, rather it changes depending on the medium (e.g. post-like and emoticon strategies). As hypothesized, complimenting was shown to be the least used strategies in this study. It was suggested that the low imposition level of the favors asked and the lack of intimacy and social power differences between the interlocutors could be factors for the low frequency of this strategy. The category of benediction was found to be the second most frequently used category after thanking. The frequent use of this category along with its use as a single strategy show the deep influence of the Islamic religion on Saudi Arabic thanking. Expressing intimacy strategies were the second to last in terms of frequency, which is not surprising, since these types of strategies indicate lack of social distance between the interlocutors. The data in this study showed a lack of the title strategy use and a low rate of use for the honorific 2nd pl. strategy. This was mostly caused by the fact that the members in the Facebook group have equal social power. The most frequently used strategy in the address term category is a addressing members with their names, although in the majority of cases, Saudi males and females chose not to use an address term altogether. The second part of the results and discussion section examined the response to thanking strategies. In the category of acceptance, the most used strategy was the post-like strategy, followed by the strategies text and emoticon. None of the subjects attempted to play down or deny the need for gratitude expression, perhaps because all of the requests were of low imposition, as well as due to the lack of close social distance between the interlocutors. No response was found to be the most common thanking response.

The Psychology of Gratitude

Author: Robert A. Emmons,Michael E. McCullough,Associate Professor of Psychology and Religious Studies Michael E McCullough, PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195150100

Category: Psychology

Page: 392

View: 1959

Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired very little vigorous, empirical research. In an effort to remedy this oversight, this volume brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what has become known as the most-neglected emotion. The volume begins with the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of gratitude, then presents the current research perspectives from social, personality, and developmental psychology, as well as from primatology, anthropology, and biology. The volume also includes a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of research on gratitude. This work contributes a great deal to the growing positive psychology initiative and to the scientific investigation of positive human emotions. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students in social, personality, and developmental, clinical, and health psychology, as well as to sociologists and cultural anthropologists.


Author: erin Khuê Ninh

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814758851

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Anger and bitterness tend to pervade narratives written by second generation Asian American daughters, despite their largely unremarkable upbringings. In Ingratitude, erin Khuê Ninh explores this apparent paradox, locating in the origins of these women’s maddeningly immaterial suffering not only racial hegemonies but also the structure of the immigrant family itself. She argues that the filial debt of these women both demands and defies repayment—all the better to produce the docile subjects of a model minority. Through readings of Jade Snow Wong’s Fifth Chinese Daughter, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, Evelyn Lau’s Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, Catherine Liu’s Oriental Girls Desire Romance, and other texts, Ninh offers not an empirical study of intergenerational conflict so much as an explication of the subjection and psyche of the Asian American daughter. She connects common literary tropes to their theoretical underpinnings in power, profit, and subjection. In so doing, literary criticism crosses over into a kind of collective memoir of the Asian immigrants’ daughter as an analysis not of the daughter, but for and by her.