Growing in Gratitude

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Author: Mary K. Mohler


Rediscovering the Joy of a Thankful Heart

As women, we are often encouraged to "count our blessings". But truly biblical gratitude is much more than this.

Mary K. Mohler unpacks Scripture to help us grow in gracious gratitude (thanking God for who he is) as well as natural gratitude (thanking him for his blessings) — and to identify and deal with some of the things that hinder us — to help us rediscover the joy of a thankful heart.

This thoroughly Bible-centered unpacking of the reasons for gratitude builds on Mary K. Mohler's 25 years experience in mentoring seminary wives at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this book ideal for group use as well as for individuals.


  • Introduction: A Life of Thankfulness
  • Section 1: What is gratitude?
  • 1. An Overflowing Fountain
  • 2. The Gratitude Twins
  • Section 2: Four hindrances to gratitude
  • 3. Longing for the Lost
  • 4. Too Busy to Bother?
  • 5. If Only Life Were Different…
  • 6. The Doubt Slayer
  • Section 3: An attitude of gratitude
  • 7. Thanking God When It Hurts
  • 8. Let's Do It!
  • Conclusion: Gratitude That Honors the Lord



Growing in Gratitude is a must read for anyone who has ever doubted, suffered or just plain coasted in life. Starting in the Garden of Eden and continuing throughout the whole span of Scripture, Mary Mohler invites us to embrace the big-dealness of gratitude for those who know Christ. In straightforward, yet deeply penetrating ways, Mary opens the theological doorway to a grateful heart as graciously as she has opened the door of her home to thousands throughout her years of ministry. With perceptive illustrations, she skillfully wins us over until we are “abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:7) in happy obedience to God’s Word. This book would be a treasure if only for the truth found in her list of “Ten Ways to Thank the Lord When it Hurts.” But read the whole thing! Both your head and your heart will be lifted up into new paths of gratitude.  ~Jani Ortlund, Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries
Popular mottos and self-help advice on being thankful abound. But Mary K. Mohler takes us deeper to explore the theological root of gratitude and the hindrances that keep us from developing a truly grateful heart. In this book, you'll find solid, effective counsel. So listen up! I'm confident you'll be grateful you did.  ~
Mary A. Kassian, 
Author, Girls Gone Wise
Mary Mohler bares her lovely and redeemed heart in this book. And as I read it, I found myself scribbling notes, making book lists from Mary's recommendations, and stopping to pray in both repentance and thanksgiving. I did this because I want the habits and heart of this book to seep into my own. Simple but not simplistic, profound but not inaccessible, this book shows how Christian gratitude, more than list-making and positive thinking, nourishes believers to become more like our Savior, preparing us to be conduits for his grace. As I was reading this book, I felt like I was sitting with Mary in her kitchen, listening, learning, praying, and thanking God for the unity and beauty and power of the gospel to equip us, truly, to every good work, including the good work of thanking him when agonizing circumstances do not change. Although written for women, all Christians will benefit from this book.  ~
Rosaria Butterfield, 
Author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and Openness Unhindered
Gratitude is a lost art in our entitled and consumeristic society. Even in the church we have lost a sense of thankfulness for not only what we have, but also for all that God has done for us in Christ. Mary Mohler exhorts us to fight that tendency, and she does so with care and with insight. I was convicted and encouraged to not only grow in my gratitude towards the Lord, but also to pass on this legacy to my children. This book is a gift to God's people, who must learn to not forget all his benefits.  ~
Courtney Reissig, 
Author of Glory in the Ordinary and The Accidental Feminist
Gratitude isn’t an autumn attitude. As Mary Mohler explains, it is a deeply theological emotion that shapes and reveals our heart for God in every season of life. We are grateful to God for this insightful book that helps us all to see the gravity and the grace of gratitude.  ~
Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre, 
Authors, True Beauty
Growing in Gratitude by Mary K. Mohler is an informative and inspiring volume on what has become a vanishing virtue for this “entitled” generation. Mohler reminds us that the movement from grace to gratitude to giving is a divine mandate worthy of our most diligent efforts even in the midst of personal challenges and suffering. Even as your “thorn list” runs parallel to your “praise list,” you must choose to focus on the Lord and His power and love more than on your own pain and difficulty!  ~Dorothy Kelley Patterson, Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
Entitlement is the death of gratitude, and so no wonder our age is awash in unthankfulness. By contrast, the Christian life is a life of gratitude (how could it be otherwise when we are saved by God’s grace alone!), but being thankful is easier said than done “through all the changing scenes of life, in trouble and in woe.” Mary Mohler addresses this vital subject here, positively helping us grow in gratitude as she points us to God’s Word. I’m thankful for Mary, and I’m thankful for her study of Bible-based, grace-empowered thankfulness in this book, Growing in Gratitude, and her encouragement of us in it!  ~Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary