Resources for Studying Grateful

Welcome to studying Grateful!

When reading a book like Grateful, it can be helpful to talk with other people about its ideas. Such conversations can help you understand gratitude better and think about how this new understanding can make a difference in your life. I’ve collected some resources to help you or your group think deeply about Grateful.

Study guides can stimulate conversation. In talks and sermons, I put some of the ideas in Grateful in conversation with scripture. In podcasts, I have some great conversation I wish I could have with all of you. And in the articles I’ve collected here, I or others reflect on gratitude and the book.

I hope you find these helpful, whether you are reading Grateful with others or by yourself.


HarperOne Small Group Guide: Reading and Discussion Guide for Grateful. A traditional study guide focusing on each chapter in the book —

Seven-Day Guide to Gratitude that goes with Grateful. It is a short guide to practice, with reflections and prayers that I wrote to deepen our experience of thanks. —

The Work of the People offers a 6-session Grateful curriculum, which includes wonderful short films and an accompanying discussion/prayer practice guide. It would be a good Lenten program for your congregation. ——


10% Happier with Dan Harris, “100 Days of Gratitude” —Listen Here

With Friends Like These with Ana Marie Cox, “All I Need Is Right Here: Being Thankful with Diana Butler Bass.”
—Listen Here

The Nuanced Life, “Gratitude with Diana Butler Bass” —Listen Here

Pantsuit Politics, “Civic Gratitude with Diana Butler Bass” —Listen Here

The Bible for Normal People, “Reading the Bible as an Experience & Relationship with Diana Butler Bass” —Listen Here

Holy Heretics, “Grateful with Diana Butler Bass” —Listen Here

Spirit Matters, “Diana Butler Bass” —Listen Here


Chautauqua Institution, “In the Ballpark: The Arenas of Gratitude” —Watch Here (free registration required) or Listen Here

Foundry United Methodist Church, “The First Words of Faith: Give Thanks!” —Listen Here

First Church West Hartford, “A Reformation of Gratitude” —Listen Here

Immanuel Presbyterian Church, “The Rich Young Ruler, St. Oscar Romero, and Us” —Listen Here


“Thank Trump, or You’ll Be Sorry,” The New York Times. —Read It Here

Grateful by Diana Butler Bass, Hearts and Minds Booknotes —Read It Here

The First Hundred Days, by Charles Halton, Los Angeles Review of Books —Read It Here

“Maybe We’ve Been Doing Gratitude All Wrong: A Conversation with ‘Grateful’ Author Diana Butler Bass,” by Catherine Woodiwiss, Sojourners —Read It Here

“Why Should We Feel Grateful,” Read the Spirit —Read It Here

“#MeToo and the Spiritual Struggle for Gratitude,” On Being —Read It Here