Chosing Gratitude

There are several titles that appear on James Autry’s resume; however none of those titles can describe how prolific, motivating and inspiring James Autry is. His words are life changing and he’s able to share his wisdom with his audience like he’s a long lost friend.

choosing gratitude

There are several titles that appear on James Autry’s resume; however none of those titles can describe how prolific, motivating and inspiring James Autry is. His words are life changing and he’s able to share his wisdom with his audience like he’s a long lost friend.

In 1991 Autry retired from his career as president at Magazine Group, so that he could pursue a life as an author and consultant. Autry has been active in many civic and charitable organizations and is the founder of the Des Moines National Poetry Festival. The successful author has written 11 books that are centered on leadership. In Choosing Gratitude,Autry shares his candid life story and how gratitude is in his daily life.

Why did you write Choosing Gratitude?

I felt (and feel) that we are becoming a country of angry, frustrated and aggressive complainers. We are losing our civility and our sense of the greater community. We are losing the fundamental value of respecting the viewpoint of the other person. Concomitant with that, it seems, we are falling into a psychology of scarcity in which we feel there's not enough and we'd better get ours, versus a psychology of abundance in which there is enough for all. I have a sign on my office wall: "What you have is enough." With all our problems, and there are plenty, we are still blessed people with much to be grateful for. My goal for "Choosing Gratitude" is to tell parts of my own story in a way that people will think about their own stories and identify their own reasons for living in gratitude.

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What sets Choosing Gratitude apart from your other books?

My books fall in three categories. The first two books were poetry about growing up in the South. The next books were essays and poetry that addressed issues of management and leadership, culminating in my book, The Servant Leader. Then came books that address subjects of self-help and personal growth (The Spirit of Retirement, The Book of Hard Choices, Looking Around for God). It is in this latter category that I also place Choosing Gratitude.

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