Friday, March 5, 2010

Alphatudes, The Alphabet of Gratitude by Michele Wahlder

(“Alphatude: noun - a person, place or thing for which one alphabetically expresses gratitude.”)

When looking for a positive approach to life reach for a copy of Michele Wahlder’s “Alphatudes, The Alphabet of Gratitude.”

The book features 26 solutions for challenges we face daily. The book stresses the importance of focusing on the good in our lives. Each solution features a quote, a beautiful illustration that assists with the teaching, a life-affirming statement, and concludes with a prayer.

“As we increasingly become aware of and grateful for our blessings, the appreciation that resides within us grows, deepens and radiates brightly into our world.” This is a quote from the book’s introduction and is a good example of the book’s focus.

“Alphatudes” is geared to help the reader find the hidden blessings in their difficult situations. In addition, the emphasis is to make the reader more aware and appreciate the daily gifts of life.

An added bonus to this delightfully energizing book is a free music download from Olivia Newton-John. Directions for obtaining the free download of “Grace and Gratitude” is in the back of the book.

Author Michele Wahlder volunteers for several nonprofit organizations that offer adults and children opportunities to enhance their lives and pursue their dreams. For more information on her go to,, and

This book will make a nice addition to your library for a daily read, as well as a wonderful gift to pass along to a friend or family member.

Alphatudes, The Alphabet of Gratitude by Michele Wahlder * Life Possibilities Publishing * @2010 * ISBN: 978-0-9823645-0-5 * 128 pages * paperback

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me as part of the author’s blog tour in hopes I would review it. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.


  1. Mason - What a fascinating book! I believe that attitude is important, and that includes being aware of the good in our lives and "tuning in" to it. Too often, I've seen how a change in attitude can change everything. I like the idea of deliberately trying to focus on what is good in our lives. Thanks for this book idea.

  2. Attitude is everything. It often makes the difference between success and failure, coping and falling apart.

    I'm an optimist with my feet firmly planted in reality. As I've always told my son, it's the attitude you bring to reality that's important. Even in seemingly impossible situations, the right attitude will lead you to a workable solution. I've found this to be true more than once.

    Thanks for sharing this one Mason. :-)

  3. Interesting! I do think attitude and determination make sure a huge difference...and can bring about success.

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  4. I love this concept and will check out her book. I really think your attitude has everything to do with what you get. Each morning I count my blessings, express gratitude, and look forward to whatever the day brings. Life is good.

  5. Thanks for the great review of Michele's book. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've read this one too and found it quite interesting--especially considering I am more of a pessimist than an optimist. I'm going to use it to see if I can change my outlook. :)

    Thanks again.


  6. This sounds like a good book. I almost hate to admit it, because some people seem to look down on reading "inspirational or "self-help" books, but I really enjoy them and this sounds like a good. I believe in gratitude! I find such books encouraging and inspirational. I would like to read it.

  7. Margot, attitude does play a big part in our lives and can help change things.

    Sia, I totally agree with you.

    Elizabeth, I think sometimes we forget just how much good attitude does help.

    Deb, what a wonderful way to start the day. That's something I need to start doing.

    Cheryl, I have to admit I'm a pessimist too. But I did find the book quite enjoyable and helpful.

    Mary, I usually don't read many "inspirational" or "self-help" books but I'm glad I did this one and think I'll read more now.

  8. I just read your fantastic post here. I am re posting it on It seems like we are both fans of the attitude: “Gratitude is good for you.” Grateful Nation is an online community that gives grateful people the opportunity and resources to connect, give back, and be thankful. Jump into the unending cycle of gratitude here at Grateful Nation Thank you, Vanessa

  9. This sounds like a lovely book. It's so important to remember to be grateful - it really changes your energy. It's impossible to be grateful and unhappy at the same time.

  10. What a wonderful book. For yourself and for a gift. Thanks for introducing us.

  11. I'm a firm believer! We need more books like this. Attitude IS everything.

  12. Vanessa, thanks for the re-post. Sounds like Grateful Nation is an inspiring site. I'll have to check it out.

    Ingrid, I'd never looked at that way but you're right. You can't be grateful and unhappy at the same time. Thanks. :)

    Carol, I think it would make a nice gift especially for someone who might be having a difficult time. It might help them realize there is good if you look hard enough.

    Diane, you're right attitude is everything. We just have to keep a positive attitude.

  13. Mason,

    The Alphatudes book launch was so busy that I'm just now getting a chance to respond to all the bloggers on the virtual book tour.

    Thank you so much for your review of "Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude". I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I especially loved reading all the comments. You have such great readers!

    I'll be posting a link to your review on the book website soon.

    With gratitude,


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