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SFU grad’s new book preaches transformational powers of gratitude

August 14, 2017 Tags: Faith , School of Business

A 1992 management graduate, John Lidonnice has published his first book. It is titled "ThanksLiving."  The subject of the book is gratitude and how to live the grateful life. 

ThankslivingAbout the book

“ everything, give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This quote from the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 is the anchor verse and main message to 1992 Saint Francis University graduate John Lidonnice’s book: ThanksLiving. For Lidonnice, being thankful doesn’t just mean giving thanks for obvious things like a job promotion or a healthy family.

It’s easy to do that. The most important time to give thanks is when one is going through hard times - trials in their lives that seem unfair or difficult to overcome. This is when we are encouraged to give thanks that we have our Lord and Savior there to provide strength, understanding, and faith building.

The book also includes a 365 day gratitude journal, which makes the reader feel as though they are actually helping John co-write the book. In the book, the reader is able to explore how gratitude, through daily journaling, can enrich their life to the point where nothing is too small or insignificant to offer thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Why did he write it?

After 19+ years of disciplined, daily gratitude journaling experience, Lidonnice has come to realize that communicating the emotion of gratitude to God leads to the destination of a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him.

 In keeping with the Franciscan tradition, he is donating all proceeds of the sale of the book to help those at the Faith Mission Homeless Shelter in Columbus, Ohio. The book is available online through, and

About the Author

Lidonnice, who hails from west-central Pennsylvania, graduated summa cum laude from Saint Francis University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in management. He has written two articles published in The National Honors Report and has appeared twice in The Wall Street Journal. He is also an accomplished public speaker while teaching adult Sunday school, preaching sermons, and serving as a deacon. He also has a gospel tract ministry and website ( that have facilitated the gospel message into the hands of people around the world.