It is mostly the province of evangelicals and non-denominational Christians to write stirring, Bible-based, practical books on day-to-day spirituality. But now comes Roman Catholic Bishop Louis Ngomo Okitembo with his bright and fresh commentary on the benefits of a grateful attitude on spirit, soul, and body.
The author gathered information on his subject from the traditions of the other great world religions, secular university studies, and everyone from Cicero to Oprah, televangelist Joyce Meyer to Baptist pastor Dr. Charles Stanley. The result is an honest, intellectual consensus that gratitude is good for you The author maintains that from a spiritual standpoint, gratitude to God for big things and small is how we move forward in every area of our lives.
Before going further, it’s important to recognize the book’s shortcomings, which are like dust motes in an otherwise clean house. English is the author’s fourth language, (he is a native of the Congo), and there are occasional errors in word choice. Also, the attribution of quotes can be confusing, because end quotes are sometimes missing, but for this reader it’s all about the content, and the content is extremely helpful and charmingly presented.
Neither condemnation nor judgment is to be found here, just a friendly, gentle invitation to do things God’s way. Okitembo contends that attitude and a proper perspective on life’s challenges can heal the entire person. Think of the author as a Catholic Joel Osteen, serving up faith and hope like honey on a warm biscuit.
In sum, this is an ideal book for serious Christians who diligently seek to deepen their relationship with Jesus every day, not just on Sunday.
BlueInk Heads-Up: The Star designation is offered with the understanding that the book’s word usage and copyediting issues remain in need of attention.
Also available in hardcover.