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Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude Pap/Psc Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Life Possibilities Publishing; Pap/Psc edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982364504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982364505
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy W TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is review number 444 and a very special number for me, so I wanted to assign a special book or product to that number. 444 and 44 are numbers that remind me my angels are around and are sending me messages, even if they are just saying Hi. Well, they surely were around when they got this book into my hot little hands. At 111 pages (another interesting number), it is a relatively small book, but a very nice book to have in your library. It is basically about using the letters of the alphabet to remind you of what to be grateful for. Although a simplistic concept, it is quite powerful. There is a wonderful loving peacefulness about this book. The book is filled with pictures/drawings.

The acknowledgements begin by thanking God for gifting the author's soul with this book, so if you find the use of "God" offensive, you may want to move away from this book. Otherwise, please continue reading. I believe that those of you who are spiritually-based will absolutely love this book.

The structure contains a 7-page introduction, where Michele explains that she came up with the alphatudes concept during a sleepless period in her life where counting sheet just didn't work. It became a way in which she could clear her mind and begin focusing on the day's events in a positive way. There is a chapter for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Some examples are: "B" is "Beauty, followed by Dreams, Imagination, Kindness, Music, Relationships, Serendipity, Work, and all the other letters.

For an example, let's look at "M"/Music, a subject that is deep in my soul, heart, and mind. The 4-page chapter begins with a 2-page peaceful picture of "music" and a quote by an unknown author: "Music heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2010
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"The more we express gratitude, the more positively we perceive the world and our experiences in the world." Said differently, the more we express gratitude, the better life will be. In today's fast paced society, it is very easy to slip into the habit of taking things for granted. We often fail to express gratitude. And as a result, our lives are more stressful than need be. Alphatudes is a marvelous book that will help keep you on track for being grateful each and every day.

The book is visually very appealing, well designed with very interesting graphics and art work. It is small and can easily be read in an hour of so. However, that is not the best way to appreciate this book. As Michele Wahlder points out, the best way is to read it through once, then read it periodically. I would suggest one alphabet letter per day.

The purpose of the book is to help us increase our expression of gratitude. The book has a simple format. Michele has selected one "gratitude" word for each letter of the alphabet. There is a quotation and a beautiful graphic or art work associated with the word. Then there is a one page essay that starts, "I am grateful for ____." After the essay there is an affirmation and then a prayer involving that word.

For the letter C, she has chosen the word Choices. The quote is, "It's choice - not chance that determines your destiny." Jean Nidetch. What a beautiful quote, what a powerful lesson. For the affirmation, "I courageously make choices that propel me forward into the life I desire. I easily release the need for other people's approval. I choose options that are in alignment with my inner truth."

The quotes, essays, affirmations and prayers are all designed to open our awareness, to provoke thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leandra Williams on February 1, 2010
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Sometimes, gratitude can be a bit tricky. "What am I thankful for?" is a question we'd all like to easily answer with emphatic joy, but on occassion, coming up with a long list in response is a challenge. Life coach and gratitude enthusiast Michele Wahlder presents a fun and easy way to practice gratitude in her book, Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude. The concept is simple: use the ABCs. Wahlder came up with the technique one night while battling insomnia. The result was an energetic and deepening appreciation for the blessings in her life. "As we choose to practice gratitude over a period of time, we are able to significantly increase our personal range of happiness."

I attempted this exercise when I first got the book, and quickly found myself stuck. Looking over Wahlder's list, my choices seemed quite immature compared to offerings such as forgiveness, imagination, serendipity, understanding, and yes. Here enters the beauty of Alphatudes: it's your practice! Appreciate what you want to appreciate--apples, books, and cake included. There are no right or wrong answers, but know that the author's included some great choices should you need assistance. If you're going to be a stickler about it, you may want to give consideration to your answers for 'x' and 'z' ahead of time.

Alphatudes can be read in one sitting, although reading a little at a time optimizes its effectiveness. The book's layout is simple, offering an illustration, quote, affirmation, prayer and inspirational narrative for each letter of the alphabet. My favorite aspects of the book were the prayers and affirmations. The illustrations are more fitting for a children's book, but I wondered if they were accepted because of the connection between childhood and the alphabet. At any rate, it's something of a minor detail. By the time you finish, you'll be on a natural high. With consistent practice, identifying what you're grateful for will be a breeze.
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