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Thanksgiving: Gratitude/Study Guides

Ideas, resources and conversation starters for creative approaches to Thanksgiving celebrations that are safe, healthy and fun!

Children's Books

1-Minute Gratitude Journal     Gratitude book list.jpg     Picture of The Blessing of You          Elephant's Music: Filipina, Monika: 9781433835056: Books     The Examen Book: Exploring Every Day with God: Mitchell, Paul, Broussard,  Katie: 9780829451276: Books     Picture of A Flood of Kindness          I Am Earth's Keeper book cover               The Little Book of Joy     Little Mole Gives Thanks     Maybe You Might          Cover of My Story Friend     Saving Earth     See You Tomorrow: A Manna and Mercy Board Book     Someday We Will: A Book for Grandparents and Grandchildren     Click to go to detail page for Something Beautiful     Tofu Takes Time     Help young children develop a growth mindset, cope with making mistakes, and learn to persevere.          We Are Better Together     What Do I Do with Worry?

Tweens & Teens

Gratitude book list.jpg     Chapter Books to Encourage Mindfulness & Gratitude    BHF logo (with DGT).png     See The Good Journal - By Zach Windahl (hardcover) : Target

Adult Books

The Artist's Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life     Picture of Bread of Life     Dusk, Night, Dawn     Faith Practices               Hope: A User's Manual  -     By: MaryAnn McKibben Dana     Hope Leans Forward: Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace     How Not to Be Afraid: Seven Ways to Live When Everything Seems Terrifying     Picture of Looking for God in Messy Places     Messy Minimalism: Realistic Strategies for the Rest of Us     Picture of The Peace Project     Picture of Signs of Hope     Singing Fierce Gratitude | Daily Poems of Abundance, Generosity, and Gratitude (Datsko de Sanchez)     The Spirituality of Transformation, Joy, and Justice: The Ignatian Way for Everyone     


Gratitude Calendar 2023 Gratitude Tree Printable image 1Gratitude Every Day in November: Get your congregation on board with an all-church gratitude practice. Licenses are available per congregation and are good for up to 500 copies. Also included is gratitude leaves to print for a gratitude tree!

Hope: A User's Manual  -     By: MaryAnn McKibben DanaArianne Braithwaite Lehn wrote the book discussion guide for Hope: A User’s Manual. The guide is meant for groups. Each section includes a prayer, discussion questions, a take-it-with-you portion, and a benediction. Find the guide here.

See The Good Journal - By Zach Windahl (hardcover) : Target     Wonder Seeker

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address:
As you consider giving intentional thanks, please visit this Thanksgiving Address.

Learn About Brother David Steindl-Rast - Gratefulness.orgTed Talk: “Want to be happy? Be Grateful" with Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar, who suggests we stop, look, and find a reason for gratitude in every situation.

Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza wonders Where Has This Year Gone?!? and encourages us to begin each day with "Thank you".

Painting of the "first thanksgiving" with pilgrims and indigenous people sharing food.

Thanksgiving Day: An Alternative View

by The Reverend Dr. Bradley S. Hauff, Indigenous Missioner for the Episcopal Church

Webinars & Training

Being Grateful in Difficult Times: An Online Learning Journey with Diana Butler Bass

In Our Library

Main_angels_ride_bikes     The Circle of Days by Reeve Lindbergh     The Doorbell Rang          Good People Everywhere cover image     Grateful: a Song of Giving Thanks by John Bucchino & Anna-Lisa Hakkaraine     In Every Tiny Grain of Sand by Reeveā€¦     Hardcover Marley's Treasure Book     Hardcover My Spiritual Alphabet Book     Only One You book cover                              Where Does God Live?  -     By: Holly Bea    Illustrated By: Kim Howard     Zen Shorts (A Stillwater and Friends Book) By Jon J. Muth, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator) Cover Image