I get a lot of interesting e-mails in my in-box. A recent one was unexpected but made for some interesting reading. Seems I joined the WalterBrook Multnomah Blogging for Books program awhile back. While I haven't had the opportunity to review a book for them yet, I do get notices about newly released books. One of these newly released books is Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.
Now I have not read this book, but I find his list of suggestions included in the e-mail announcement intriguing. Author David Platt has many interesting ideas about making your Thanksgiving celebration more focused on thankfulness. They include:
- Fast and pray for those who don’t have enough to eat
- Discover what the great books (The Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Talmud, Tao-te-ching, Veda, etc.) says about thankfulness to God
- Give a secret gift of money to someone you know
- Invite an international visitor to your Thanksgiving dinner
- Comfort someone who is hurting
P.S. I am not a very religious person, i.e. I'm not a big fan of organized religion, but I am a spiritual one as I have been discovering over the past several years. After spending some time at this book's website, I admit I am interested in reading more of what Mr. Platt has to say. I am most curious to read more about how he thinks the American Dream gets in the way of practicing faith; I bet somewhere on the top of his list is America's focus on consumerism.