Friday, June 28, 2013

CWA Review: A Cause To Be Thankful by:Yolanda Shanks

About the Book:
A Cause to Be Thankful
Have you ever considered how often we neglect expressing genuine gratitude?
The Bible gives an account of how Jesus healed ten lepers.
But only one returned to express thanks.
Using the Biblical story of the ten lepers as a reference, A Cause to Be Thankful by Yolanda Shanks will unpack the Biblical model for thankfulness, showing how a spirit of entitlement has overshadowed our spirit of thanks. In this straightforward and challenging book, you will not only learn how to return as the one leper who expressed gratitude, but you’ll come away with a clear plan for including consistent and genuine thanks in your prayer life and day-to-day encounters.
About the Author:
Multi-published author, speaker, blogger, teacher, wife, grandmother—Yolanda Shanks wears many hats, but the one she most resonates with is her role as an advocate for living life to its fullest.

Shanks’ award-winning first book, Destined to Live, Despite Me, continues to be a source of hope for those battling effects from a prior suicide attempt. It garnered an enthusiastic Kirkus review, which stated the book was “a commendable guide for finding meaning after considering suicide.”

Her second book, Not Just a Hearer but a Doer (released June 2012) challenges the body of Christ to act upon scripture. In the Fall of 2012, she released a third project, entitled Destined to Live, Despite Me – A Cause to Be Thankful.

Check her website ( for book events in your area and for weekly wisdom from this lover of life and committed Christ-follower.

My Review:
 Yolanda Shanks in her latest A Cause to be Thankful is trying to show us how to study and understand the how and why behind being thankful and why it is so important in our lives and in our world today as we know it.

 A simple thank you out of habit should do more than waste expendable energy. The recipient should feel the weight of your words and believe it wholeheartedly through and through. The author has the perfect illustration of this by using the Bible of the ten lepers. She takes this story and outlines a purpose of heartfelt and sincere thanks that in this day and time we should all learn to use as well as give away to others.

Each chapter is outlined in this way:
Background: The explanation or interpretation behind the Bible verse being referred to.

Observation: What we can examine from the explanation or verse we are studying about.

Interpretation: How to understand the observation and decide in deeper thought what is going on in said verse or chapter.

Application: How to apply this to me and my daily life.

Prayer: Ending each chapter with a prayer to help absorb what was read and learned.

The author has given me quite the perfect Bible study for my life right now. I'm sure many of us could use a deeper study on thankfulness.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.