Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gratitude: The Art of Being Thankful ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Promo, Review, & Giveaway!

GRATITUDE:
THE ART OF BEING THANKFUL
by
Vickie Phelps
Genre: Non-Fiction / Inspirational / Devotional
Publisher: Inspire Books
Date of Publication: July 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 92, 4.5" x 6"

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This ninety-two-page gift book is a compilation of devotions, poems, prayers, and lists of things to be grateful for. The difference between having what you want and having what you need is a principle some people never grasp. In the reading of this book, you may realize you have much more to be grateful for than you were aware of.  Use this little book as a daily devotional or pick it up at random times to remind yourself that you are a blessed individual.

PRAISE FOR GRATITUDE: THE ART
OF BEING THANKFUL:
"This little gem of a book arrived before we left on vacation, so I took it along. It became our shared devotional and 'thought for the day' outlook…and colored our time away with gratitude. This unique discovery is one to treasure." – 5 Star Review, Amazon verified purchase 



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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Gratitude: The Art of Being Thankful by Vickie Phelps is a perfect, pocket-sized pick-me-up! Just looking at the beautiful cover is calming and uplifting, and of course, there’s something about tiny things that makes them more precious.

Author Vickie Phelps offers whimsy poetry, pertinent scripture, quotes from Greek and Roman philosophers and French novelists, and shares personal stories to spread the message of being mindful and grateful for what we have. The variety of different sources breaks-up the monotony of the repeated message, but that message is one that needs to be repeated. Phelps, via many voices, reminds us that our real treasures aren’t in material things or bank accounts but in the small, everyday blessings like hearing laughter or being able to see a sunrise.  

“True gratitude comes from the heart.”

In Gratitude: The Art of Being Thankful, the faith message is strong, and the Bible quotes and short prayers give God all the credit He’s due for the blessings that abound – even when life’s tough. The bite-sized messages make it a perfect daily devotional or quick source of inspiration when one’s glass feels more empty than full. A daily dose of the book will help with any needed attitude adjustments.

The lay-out of the book also contributes to the book’s calming influence. There is lots of white space, each page has a border (and sometimes, a small butterfly illustration), and the text is double-spaced. There are several fonts used to signal a shift in gears, and the larger font size makes it easy on the eyes. This reader is thankful (no pun here) that Gratitude: The Art of Being Thankful is cleanly edited so that there are virtually no impediments to enjoying the words on the pages. The book is written in a casual tone, and Phelps writes informally about what she observes. Whether she is reflecting upon the privilege of being American, warts and all, or feeling the wind – or the air conditioning – on your face, readers are encouraged to slow down and appreciate the miracles of life and all that goes on around each of us.

“Now, as I inhaled the warm, rich scent of my morning coffee, I breathed a prayer of thanks for the cup in my hand.”

BONUS POINTS AWARDED: And yes, folks, gratitude for the daily cuppa gets its moment! Okay, maybe the point’s not really about the java as much as taking the small things (well, this one’s HUGE to me) for granted. But still, COFFEE! Tea drinkers don’t despair. Because the book is balanced, there is thanks for the cup of tea, too… and gratitude for the beauty of well-written words and the people who create them… and so much more.

Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for providing me a gorgeous print copy, and a much-needed tweak to my attitude, in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.
The book packs a BIG punch despite being only 6" tall!


Vickie Phelps writes to encourage, inspire, and influence. She has published 200 articles, devotionals, and essays in more than fifty magazines and contributed to several anthologies. Vickie is the author of the novels, Postmark From the Past, Moved, Left No Address, Waiting for Joy, and a devotional book, Psalms for the Common Man. Vickie is co-author with Jo Huddleston of the gift book, Simply Christmas, and Writing 101: A Handbook of Tips & Encouragement for Writers. 
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2nd Prize: Signed Copy of The Art of Being Thankful + $5 Amazon Gift Card + Postmark from the Past & Waiting for Joy (holiday theme pack)
3rd Prize:  Signed Copy of The Art of Being Thankful  
(US ONLY)
NOVEMBER 7-16, 2018


CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:

11/7/18
Author Interview
11/8/18
Review
11/9/18
Review
11/10/18
Excerpt
11/11/18
BONUS Review
11/12/18
Review
11/13/18
Guest Post
11/13/18
BONUS Review
11/14/18
Notable Quotable
11/15/18
Review
11/16/18
Review





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