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Blessed: Living a Grateful Life Hardcover – March 17, 2011

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"What makes this collection differ from many others is Michaud's unusual ability to paint word pictures that engage readers' imaginations and equip them to share in the emotions, events and blessings she describes." -Gail Welborn, Seattle Examiner

"Superbly done!" -Belleruth Naparstek, author of Staying Well with Guided Imagery

"Ellen writes beautifully, poetically, and readers will indeed be blessed." -Martha Paxson Grundy, historian and author of Evolution of a Quaker Community

"Ellen Michaud is blessed with an ability to find the sublime even in places and situations that, at first glance, seem anything but so. A knack for appreciating the delights of the ordinary, seen-it-and-done-it-a-million-times elements of daily life. And a tremendous gift for sharing her observations and insights with the rest of us-in conversation and in her writing, Her latest book, Blessed: Living a Grateful Life, is yet another gift from Ellen to the rest of us." -Barbara Loecher, author of New Choices in Natural Healing for Women

"Award winning author Ellen Michaud has graced readers with a delightful little book that is chock full of wisdom and blessings on every page. I highly recommend it!" -Quaker minister Brent Bill, executive vice president of the Center for Congregations

"I can easily imagine listening to any number of these stories sitting in the kitchen with Michaud, some hot tea, a slice of homemade cake, and a dog or two at our feet. She masterfully blends the deepest desires of the human spirit with intimate accounts of how real women have made a difference. Some of the more heart wrenching stories made me tear-up. Others made me marvel at the ingenuity of women, especially when it comes to loving, encouraging, and nurturing others who are suffering." -Trisha Niermeyer Potter, Prints of Grace blog review

"I have read two similar books in the last year-The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. All these books urge the reader to settle down, breathe, and feel the blessings that surge around us. I find it fascinating that we have to be told to do this; giving thanks and feeling blessed should just be a part of our daily lives. What has happened to us that we have to be reminded to breathe?"
-Miriam Downey, The Cyberlibrarian Reads blog review

"Ellen's vision will help you see the blessing you are to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, even the global community-and she'll help you see the blessings that surround you." -Diane Heavin, Cofounder of Curves --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Ellen’s vision will help you see the blessing you are to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, even the global community—and she’ll help you see the blessings that surround you.” —Diane Heavin, Cofounder of Curves
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (March 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606521926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606521922
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,864,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is really great to have beside your chair or bed to pick up when you need a little something to boost your thoughts. It is broken down into chapters that are really a little mini story of its own. This could be a book you may want to share or give as a gift, as it has a presentation page in the front. It has a nice "Spring" look to the book with its greens and blues. Each page is framed by a green floral border.

This is the first book I have read by Ellen Michaud and I really enjoyed it. She has a way with her writing that you can sit and read it over and over.

Thanks to the people at FSB Associates for sending me this copy to read and review.
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By Brenda C on April 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful little book that really does remind us of all of the daily blessings that we often miss because of our busy lives. In her writings the author reminds us of how our lives just might be a blessing to others, but more than that reminded me just how Blessed that I truly am, as I go along in my daily life, I often fail to notice the little things. In this book the author shares stories that encouraged me to start noticing the extra- ordinary in ordinary days, because blessings abound all around us, if we only open our eyes and hearts to notice them.
This book is broken down into five topical sections, they are a quiet space, finding meaning,making a difference,reinventing who you are, and a celebration of family and friends. Each topics are further broken down and have several mini stories that will uplift and inspire you.
Ms. Michaud, has the amazing ability to paint a vivid picture as she weaves her words together in the stories she shares. Several of her stories really stick out in my mind, such as "A Time To Listen," she tells the reader about sitting in her backyard enjoying the sound of a chickadee. In "The Perfect Apple Pie", a trip to an apple orchard has the author reminiscing about her grandmother, and in the "Garden Club" the author shares the immense blessing of spending a Tuesday afternoon weeding and tending garden with a group of senior citizens at a rehab facility. These are just a few of the stories that will enlighten and inspire the reader to find the joy in simple things, because truly we are Blessed.
This book would make a wonderful gift, the pretty cover hints at the beautiful stories that the reader will find inside.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful bit of refreshment for the overworked woman's soul. Each chapter in the book is complete story told in two or three pages. I read one story everyday and soaked them in like mini vacations. They opened my eyes to the blessings around me and helped lighten and brighten these last, too long, gray days of winter.
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Format: Hardcover
Blessed: Living a Grateful Life is collection of stories about blessings from everyday life with a down-home, earthy feel to it. The cover, the vivid sensorial descriptions of gardening, stories of cooking, connecting with nature, and taking care of others combine to show the amazing and miraculous in the at-first-glance routine, commonplace, seemingly mundane aspects of life.

As someone without children of our own, or any pets, who managed to kill the one and only living plant we had in our place by watering it too much, I wondered if I'd be able to identify with someone like Michaud, who is so connected to plants, nature, animals, and possesses strong maternal and survival instincts. These brief stories, as varied in subject matter as they are in the emphasized strengths of the women and men within them, proved to resonate very deeply with me.

The traditions and relationships in Michaud's own small community, garden, and work provide a suitable frame for the portrait painted in each chapter.

Just as the flower seeds blown by the wind that settle into the soil and pop up from the ground come spring, Michaud illustrates how she and a myriad of remarkable women from different walks of life, disparate socioeconomic backgrounds, education, and life experiences bloom where they are planted, and/or in some cases, uproot and settle down to grow roots in a place more suitable for them to flourish.

The conversational feel of the book fits perfectly. I can easily imagine listening to any number of these stories sitting in the kitchen with Michaud, some hot tea, a slice of homemade cake, and a dog or two at our feet. She masterfully blends the deepest desires of the human spirit with intimate accounts of how real women have made a difference.
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This lovely book is a delightful read...one uplifting story at a time. I savored each story like a piece of rich dark chocolate, and while less caloric, each was every bit as uplifting! If you need a quick pick-me-up, pick up this book. It would also make a perfect gift for your sis, mom, of best friend.
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