What do you have that you did not receive? With this searching question, Reuben Bredenhof invites readers to experience a life of genuine Christian thanksgiving. His appeal moves us beyond the memes and self-help books that have made gratitude a popular, yet superficial topic in recent years. True thankfulness focuses on the good and gracious Giver of all things. Furthermore, it is grounded in Christ and expresses itself through the Christian’s joyful response. Winsomely and pastorally, Bredenhof helps us develop the holy habit of thankfulness, even in suffering, and reminds us that today’s gratitude is only a small beginning of our eternal thankfulness to God for His generosity to us in Christ.
“Bredenhof dives into gratefulness and provides us with a discerning digest of its literature, both biblical and extrabiblical. He is right: all the Excel spreadsheets in the world would be inadequate to record your riches in Christ. Meanwhile, his catalog of blessings would give your spreadsheet a robust head start. He provides incentive for redeemed sinners like me to erupt in a grateful response for the loving works of our triune God.”
—Sam Crabtree, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota; chairman of the board of Bethlehem College and Seminary; author of Practicing Thankfulness
“Alcoholics Anonymous and psychologists tell us frequently that thankfulness is key to mental health. But whom do we thank? And why? You can’t just command people to be grateful. What this book does so beautifully is to hold up before us the riches of God’s kindness in Christ so that we can be driven by gratitude instead of guilt. This book is a refreshing and exhilarating tour of the triune God ‘from whom all blessings flow.’”
—Michael Horton, professor of theology, Westminster Seminary California, and host of White Horse Inn
About the Author
Reuben Bredenhof (PhD, St Mary’s University, Twickenham) has pastored congregations in Canada and Australia and serves as professor of ministry and mission, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.