Kevin Carroll

Author  •  Teacher

Kevin Carroll has been writing, speaking, and teaching about gratitude for more than a decade. His blog, "Attitude of Gratitude," was launched in December 2006. In October 2017, he published his first book, "A Moment's Pause for Gratitude." The book contains fifty brief stories of gratitude. Each story is followed by a few questions which encourage readers to reflect on gratitude in their own lives.



Author  •  Storyteller

Kevin Carroll

KEVIN CARROLL is a native of San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Santa Clara University (BA - English/Writing), and the University of San Francisco (MA - Education/Administration). Following a forty-year career in teaching and pastoral ministry, Kevin now devotes his time to encouraging others to improve their lives by embracing an attitude of gratitude.

Currently living in San José, California, Kevin and his wife, Kathy, have three sons and three grandchildren. Kevin enjoys reading and is tremendously grateful for the positive influence of the writings of Paulo Coelho, Roland Merullo, Hal Urban, Donald McPhail, Frank McCourt, Janice Kaplan, John Wooden, Jim Martin, S.J., and many other excellent authors.

Kevin has given a number of inspiring presentations on the importance of gratitude to schools, churches, and community groups. Lists of past and future speaking engagements are posted below. If you are interested in having Kevin speak to your group about gratitude, send an email to: kmc_sjc@aol.com

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A Moment's Pause
for Gratitude

October 12, 2017
Balboa Press

This is my first published book. It contains fifty brief stories of gratitude. Each story begins with an inspirational quote and ends with a few questions for self-reflection about gratitude in one's own life. 


Newspaper Review from the
"Silicon Valley Voice"

Click the title below to read the August 2018 review of:
A Moment's Pause for Gratitude


To read the Kirkus Review of
A Moment's Pause for Gratitude,
click the title below:


No speaking engagements scheduled during Covid-19 pandemic.


Past Speaking Engagements

Community Groups

2020 Young Authors Book Festival, San José CA

(Keynote address)

AlmaVia Retirement Community, San Francisco CA

Ida Culver House Senior Living Community, Seattle, WA

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital @ Stanford University

"Gratitude in Health Care" 

Reconnecting Silicon Valley Professionals (RSVP), Campbell, CA

"Gratitude in the Work Place"

Saratoga Retirement Community, Saratoga, CA

Villa Siena Retirement Community, Mountain View, CA

YMCA Youth Development Leadership Conference, Morgan Hill, CA

(Keynote Address)


San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA

The Harker School, San Jose, CA

Woodside Priory School, Portola Valley, CA


Holy Name Catholic Church, San Francisco, CA

Saint Agnes Catholic Church, San Francisco, CA

Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, San Francisco, CA

Saint Lucy Catholic Church, Campbell, CA

Saint Mary Catholic Church, Los Gatos, CA

Saint Monica/Thomas the Apostle Church, San Francisco CA

Saint Victor Church, San José, CA

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, CA

West Valley Presbyterian Church, Cupertino, CA

Public Libraries

San Francisco Public Library
• North Beach Branch

• Parkside Branch

• Richmond Branch

West Portal Branch

San José Public Library

• Martin Luther King, Jr. Main Branch

• West Valley Branch

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"I received this book as a gift and have enjoyed reading the short reflections on gratitude. With all the commotion in today's world, this book is a beautiful reminder to appreciate the gifts each day brings. I recommend it highly."

Dr. Diane Dreher

Professor at Santa Clara University 

Author, The Tao of Inner Peace and Your Personal Renaissance: 12 Steps to Finding Your Life's True Calling

“One of the many wise things my mom taught me at an early age was to count my blessings. She helped me look around and be thankful for all the things most of us take for granted on a daily basis. It was life-enhancing advice. Now along comes Kevin Carroll with this wonderful book that adds to my mom’s wisdom. He reminds us over and over, in a friendly and humble manner, that gratitude is at the foundation of a good life. Read it — and count your blessing along the way.”

Hal Urban

Author, Life’s Greatest Lessons, Positive Words, Powerful Results, and Grandpa's School of Life

“I am doing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with my pastor, so having a similar framework connected me to Kevin’s writing and journey. I found that his definition of gratitude involving suffering and brokenness made sense to my journey. I went though much with my Dad, so his chapter ‘Losing My Dad,’ brought a few tears.”

Bob Connolly

Elliott City, Maryland

“Kevin Carroll's reminders have helped me resist the urge to complain and replace it with an appreciation of all that I have. A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude can be read in one sitting or used as a daily prayer of thanks; either way, it serves as an antidote to negativity and an aide for the peaceful mind. I expect it will be as helpful to other readers as it has been for me and I’m grateful to him for putting it into this world.”

Roland Merullo

Author, Breakfast with Buddha and The Delight of Being Ordinary

“The more I read the entries in A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude, the more I wanted to read them again, and again. Kevin Carroll’s ability to grapple with what is of value along the paths of life and chance reveal in him a heart that is energized by gratitude.”

Rev. Richard Hilliard

Diocese of San José, California

“Kevin Carroll shares his own life experiences—elementary school, high school, college, career, marriage, raising children, caring for elderly parents, and retirement. In each stage of life, he gently reminds us that gratitude is an important part of our lives. He even acknowledges a few examples of situations in his own life when gratitude was not readily forthcoming—something that all of us can understand—and why his own life has been improved by a renewed emphasis on being grateful for one’s own circumstances. It’s a must-read for all of us.”

Frank Dunnigan

Author, Growing Up in San Francisco’s Western Neighborhoods


Click on the title above to read about my visit to an ESL class at San Francisco City College to speak on the topic of GRATITUDE.


Genesis Magazine Article

Spring 2018 Edition

The alumni magazine of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco ran a nice article about A Moment's Pause for Gratitude. Click below to read the entire article on pages 20-21 of the online version of Genesis.


Video Conversation on Gratitude at Santa Clara

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in a video conversation on gratitude for the Character Education Department of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

Click HERE to watch the 5-minute video.


For Readers with
Print Disabilities

A Moment's Pause for Gratitude is available to individuals with print disabilities through Bookshare, an initiative of Benetech (Palo Alto, CA).

To access this book on Bookshare, click the title below. You will need to set up an account with Bookshare.

Click here:  A Moment's Pause for Gratitude


Where Can I Purchase a Copy of
A Moment's Pause for Gratitude ?

•  Available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble,
and now available in some bookstores  •

(1) BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 

(2) Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos Bookstore, Los Altos, CA 

(3) Saint Francis Retreat Center Gift Shop, San Juan Bautista, CA
(4) Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA

(5) Florey's Books, 2120 Palmetto Ave, Pacifica, CA

(6) The Shop inside St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Street, San Francisco, CA

(7) Direct from the author: kmc_sjc@aol.com 


"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."

~ William Arthur Ward


Book a Talk

Kevin is available to speak at schools (students, parents, faculty meetings), churches, libraries, and to community groups on the benefits of grateful living. His 60-minute presentation with Powerpoint slideshow is both engaging and inspiring.

If you would like Kevin to speak to your group, please contact him directly and let him know your preferred date, time, and type of group. He will get back to you, usually within 24 hours. 

Kevin is happy to sign any books sold at or brought to these events. 

Send an email to:  kmc_sjc@aol.com

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