- 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: #2,045,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude Pap/Psc Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We now live in a vastly-changed society than we did just 50 or so years ago when it seemed people were a lot more grateful for the blessings they have in life like family, good... Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man
Gratitude is an extremely powerful spiritual tool. It is an extremely powerful healing principle. It is an extremely powerful happiness principle. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Walter E. Jacobson
I feel grateful after having read ALPHATUDES by Michele Wahlder because
that's what this delightful book is all about--expressing appreciation for
things that happen to... Read more
Do you ever go to bed, get all snuggled in, try to get to sleep, and lists begin running through your head? Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Story Circle Book Reviews
Professional Life Coach and Counselor Michele Wahlder created this beautiful book of concepts, combining the alphabet with 26 expressions of gratitude. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Richard R. Blake
What a beautiful and inspirational book! I love the delicious concept--it has provoked my own "alphatude" process. Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by Mina Brown
The first thing that struck me is the beautiful printing on high quality art paper, the visual appeal, the eye pleasing photographs etc. in the book. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by S V SWAMY
A wonderful, inspiring little book. Michele Wahlder believes that gratitude is a choice. This delightful book takes the concept of using the alphabet to increase your awareness... Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Holly
Alphatude is a playful new word made up by author Michele Wahler that morphs alphabet and gratitude. Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by BigHeart