How Can I See the Light When It's So Dark?

Journey to a Thankful Heart

Linda Douty

Oct/2007, 176 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819222572



Gratitude is vitally important in our journey toward wholeness. This book looks at the scriptural and psychological foundations of gratitude, and the barriers to developing a thankful heart. Specific tools and techniques are offered to facilitate gratitude. Reflection questions and creative individual and group activities conclude each chapter.

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Linda Douty, a spiritual director who serves on the leadership team of the Academy of Spiritual Formation, writes for religious publications, including Upper Room and She lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

"In this gentle combination of wisdom with practical methods, Linda Douty points every one of us toward a more grateful self." —Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours

“I went out from reading Linda’s book to walk along with Mississippi River and found myself saying to my friend, ‘I am grateful for green spaces in the city… for the colors of the sunset… for friends to share such moments…’ I realized that Linda’s spiritual and practical insightfulness had renewed my awareness of the grace which surrounds me constantly, which, just as she says, evoked a deep gratitude within me. For those moments my soul felt as if it were flying. Linda is right—authentic gratitude is wonderfully life-affirming! And I am grateful for her friendship and for the wisdom she shares in this book.” —Rev. Mitzi L. Minor, PhD, Professor of New Testament Memphis Theological Seminary and author of The Spirituality of Mark and The Power of Mark’s Story

“Linda Douty has done it again! Thoughtful, fresh, patient with those of us given to complaint and ungratituide, she invites her readers to look again at unhelpful habits and attitudes and provides clear pathways toward a more skilled approach to living.” —The Rev. Eyleen Farmer, Associate Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis, Tennessee

“Gracious and grace-filled! Linda Douty inspires us with stories of gratitude, and provides practices to build a life of gratitude. A book to be savored, page by page, practice by practice.” —Dwight H. Judy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“Linda Douty’s wonderfully written How Can I See the Light. . . shows us the beauty of living in the Light. Through her stories and wit, we see that gratitude is the foundation of it all. Then—and this is the second gift of this book—she gives us tools to help us live the kind of life she talks about. Read it for inspiration . . . and challenge!” —Jerry Haas, Director, The Academy for Spiritual Formation, Upper Room Ministries, Nashville, Tennessee

“Most of us travel roads littered with good intentions not always realized. Linda Douty helps us avoid negative detours and suggests fresh, practical steps toward more desirable paths.” —Hayes Fletcher, author of Moonbeams from a Jar

"She explains how writing practices, walking mediations, and even paying bills can invite a spirit of thankfulness. She lists breath prayer phrases and explains unusual integrating prayers such as the Eraser Prayer and the Preparation Prayer."—Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, February 2008

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