Thanksgiving is typically full of feasting and family and friends. But this year? For most of us, gathering with others to enjoy our typical feast is off the table due to the global pandemic. Even if you are able to celebrate with your immediate family, the day is likely to be tinged with emptiness. And emptiness has a way of diminishing our gratitude, even on Thanksgiving.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Happy, Thankful, People miniseries. Each episode includes a special guest who has something specific to share about how we can clear some of the hurdles that come with the holiday season. Dustin Crowe joins this episode to discuss the way thankfulness can be cultivated, even when circumstances are less than ideal. In The Grumbler’s Guide to Giving Thanks: Reclaiming the Gifts of a Lost Spiritual Discipline (Moody Publishers, 2020), Dustin offers insight for aiming our eye toward God’s goodness. Because gratitude is often misunderstood as denying life’s pains, Dustin helps us explore something he’s called “gritty gratitude,” which is especially needed this year. Key questions related to the discussion include: How is gratitude a discipline rather than a wave of emotion? In what way does grumbling affect our ability to give thanks to God? How can we be thankful in all circumstances without minimizing trials? Listen in for dialogue on questions like these as we seek to be thankful people this holiday season. Then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

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Dustin Crowe

The Grumbler’s Guide to Giving Thanks: Reclaiming the Gifts of a Lost Spiritual Discipline (Moody Publishers)


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Persuasion 206 | Happy People, with Barnabas Piper

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