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Thank You Power: Making the Science of Gratitude Work for You Hardcover – September 30, 2007
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About the Author
Deborah Norville is the anchor of Inside Edition, the nation’s longest running, top-rated syndicated newsmagazine with five million viewers. The two-time Emmy-Award winner and lecturer is also a New York Times best-selling author. She and her husband have three children.
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Norville brings curiosity and energy to her work. She made national headlines and received awards for her gripping reporting from inside the Davidson County, NC jail, reputed to be the nation's toughest. There Norville lived behind bars, treated like any other inmate to give viewers a rare glimpse at what jail life is really like. Her eye opening reports underscored how little 'rehabilitation' truly goes on.
She stepped behind a microphone to give viewers the inside story on the music business. Writing and recording a pop song and later shooting the music video to go with it. She has taken her viewers in an F-16 over the destruction of the World Trade Towers in 2001 and brought them to the crash site in Colombia where only four people survived the horrific crash of an American Airlines jet. Norville also conducted the first interview with Paula Jones after her lengthy legal battle with President Bill Clinton.
Deborah Norville is also an accomplished author. Her first book, Back on Track: How To Straighten Out Your Life When It Throws You A Curve (Simon & Schuster, 1997), a motivational self-help book which draws upon her experiences at NBC's Today Show. I Don't Want To Sleep Tonight (1999, Golden Books) offers children and their parents suggestions to keep scary dreams away at night. It became one of Golden Books strongest sellers. I Can Fly (2001, Golden Books) followed with advice on building children's self esteem.
Norville is a sought after lecturer, speaking on current events, work/family balance and motivation. Her website www.dnorville.com offers advice for busy moms (including menus and shopping lists), homework tips, and observations of the world around us. She and her husband, Karl Wellner, have three children.
Top Customer Reviews
All the same, gratitude is important and overlooked, and I appreciate the reminder!
As I progressed through the chapters, I was pleasantly surprised. The book is well structured, with quotes from notables such as Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and James M. Barrie. There are practical exercises including a Thank You Power checklist, a Gratitude Questionnaire, and pithy sayings--for example, "find a blessing in something bad".
Overall, I was enjoying the book and would probably have given it three or even four stars until I got to Chapter Six, ironically entitled "Stop Staring in the Mirror--Look Out the Window Instead". The chapter opens with the question: "Want to feel good about yourself? Do something for someone else." Nothing wrong with that. But then Deborah goes on to relate an episode from her life when she gave a lecture at the Dayton Junior League: "Those Junior League ladies were dressed to a tee: great makeup and hair, pretty spring suits, and some fancy looking footwear...The ladies laughed about how badly their feet hurt, but we all agreed: at times you have to suffer for beauty. Each of us might be enduring pain, but we felt like a million bucks wearing such cool shoes.Read more ›
I have loved listening to gratitude authors such as Sarah Bon Breathnach ("Simple Abundance") and Thich Nhat Hanh ("The Art of Mindful Living"). They offer inspiration and set a calm and comfortable mood with their spoken word. Their audio books are like curling up in a warm blanket by a fire -- very comforting. I have so much stress in my life that I need this kind of quiet, thoughtful time to relax.
Listening to Deborah's book was not this type of experience for me. Her content is very "newsy" and overtly built upon the premise of her conclusions being scientific. As a student of psychology, I had this drummed into my mind during college: Correlation is not Causation. This means that just because two factors appear at the same time on a consistent basis, it is important to remember that one does not necessarily cause the other. For example, if the phone ring every time I'm in the shower, it doesn't mean that my going into the shower causes the phone to ring. I felt very skeptical about the studies that Deborah describes and wants us to accept as solid fact. Just because people who express gratitude seem to be healthier does not mean that if I start being more grateful, I will become healthier.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the Introduction the author tells of her personal experiment in gratitude and how in every thing we should give thanks.
Chapter 1 – “The Power of Thank You”. Read more
I LOVED this book! Deborah Norville is very wise and has a lot of insight. It is well worth reading the book!Published 17 months ago by Andrea G.
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for ways to improve their life. Thank You Power has brought a new perspective on my life that will help anyone; I believe, out of the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jason Frizzell
Thank You Power is a well written reminder of what most people learn early in life - that life works better with an attitude of gratitude.Published 22 months ago by Melba F. Groves
Learn to be content with who and where you are, then you're life will progress to next great place. The world is full of angry, unhappy people, because they refuse to be grateful... Read morePublished 22 months ago by P. Peterson