An Excerpt

DaysOfThanksCVRWhy Write a Book about Being Thankful?

A few years ago, a young mother tried to commit suicide. By God’s grace she was unsuccessful. Because of a connection her family had with our church, the husband called me the next morning asking me to visit her in the hospital.

As I spoke with her, it became obvious that she was deeply depressed about her marriage and family. The doctors ordered she receive medication and professional counseling. She also asked that I visit her once a week.

Feeling overwhelmed by the situation, I asked a psychologist friend for help. He explained to me that depression is often anger turned inward. He suggested that she was so angry about the problems in her life she couldn’t see the good God had given her. Among other things, he advised me to have her keep a notebook by her bed.

Every morning and every evening, the young mother was to write down one good thing in her life – but each time it had to be something different. She couldn’t repeat the same blessing even once.

Over the next few weeks, as her list grew longer her attitude grew brighter. She began to notice all the blessings God had given her, especially God’s greatest gift of forgiveness. She began to see that even the problems were a part of God’s gracious plan for her life. She began to smile again. Soon she was weaned off the antidepressant medication.

That young mother was the inspiration for this book.

Are you depressed? Are you frustrated by the problems and struggles in your life? The secret to happiness isn’t to rid your life of problems. The secret to happiness isn’t getting what you want. The secret to happiness is recognizing what you have in Christ.

This book is about seeing what God has done for you.

An excerpt from the introduction of  my new book, 364 Days of Thanksgiving, which will be released by Northwestern Publishing House and made available on on November 2nd.


  4 comments for “An Excerpt

  1. October 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Andy I’m so looking forward to your book! I read your devotions regularly and I’m looking forward to sharing a copy of the book with a couple of unchurched friends.
    God’s Blessings to you and your family

  2. Stephen Henry
    October 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm


    I too am looking forward to your book. You have no idea how your blog influences my life every day. Thanks so much!


  3. October 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I am eagerly awaiting the release of your book. I’m sure it will be awesome.

  4. Marietta Paap
    October 12, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    This book looks good. One of my reminder themes has been similar to the one you stated. “Happiness in life is not found in having everything you WANT, but in wanting what you now have.” I don’t have a lot materially, until I compare myself to most of the rest of the people on earth Then I see that I am rich indeed. But the Lord has given me many blessings far better than economic wealth. When I count them up, it is indeed difficult and shameful for me to even think about complaining. I, too, am looking forward to your book.!

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