Author: Michele WahlderReview Copy Provided by: the author for a Pump Up Your Book Promotion blog tour
About the Book: Alphatudes reveals that gratitude is the unexpected, simple secret of living a joyful life. In a world obsessed with negativity, we must deliberately choose to focus on the positive. Alphatudes uses your earliest grade school victory the ABCs to help you achieve a sustainable shift in thinking that leads to contentment, optimism and peace of mind. An alphatude is defined as: a person, place or thing for which one alphabetically expresses gratitude. Filled with vibrant illustrations, Alphatudes takes you on an inspiring 26-step journey where you ll discover how to: heighten your awareness of life s daily gifts; attract opportunities with a positive mind-set; find blessings in difficult situations; and become free from worry, negativity and resentment.
My Review: This is a sweet little book! As a former kindergarten teacher, I'm a sucker for ABC books and I'm excited about this one especially, as it's for adults, and it is so motivational! Each letter starts with a quote, then 3 or 4 paragraphs about that attribute, an affirmation and ends with a short prayer for that attribute. The layout is the same for each letter, which I enjoyed, because I knew what to expect, and as I go back to the book, can focus on any or all parts.
An example: O is for Obstacles - I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship. - Louisa May Alcott. The affirmation is as follows: I embrace the obstacles in my life with courage, integrity and strength. I choose to see obstacles as opportunities to grow into the best person I can be. I tap into the infinite wisdom of the universe to reveal optimal solutions. And then the Prayer of Obstacles: Support me as I confront my tears and move through the obstacles you have lovingly put on my path. Help me to face these life lessons with courage, curiosity and unwavering faith. thank you for providing me with obstacles that bring me closer to you.
Did I mention this book also has a spiritual side? Well, if you couldn't tell, it does. I love that! The prayers are short, to the point, and perfect for those times when you need a prayer of specificity. The paragraphs that Michele writes about each attribute really make you stop and think about the word, what it means, and how you can apply it to your life. I like to read self-help or motivational books, but many times they drag on and on about topics, giving you too much information that leaves you overwhelmed. This one does just the opposite. It gives you just enough about each attribute, that you are able to digest it and put it to work almost immediately. You can read it in one setting, or a letter a day. It's your choice. However you decide to read this one, it's one you will probably go back to again and again.