by Michele Wahlder

Life Possibilities Publishing, 2010. ISBN 978-0-982-36450-5.
Reviewed by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
Posted on 04/01/2010

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration

Do you ever go to bed, get all snuggled in, try to get to sleep, and lists begin running through your head? I do and my lists are of things to do, things that were forgotten, and things that should not have been done. My lists keep me awake. What to do?

I was fortunate enough to discover Michele Wahlder's book. Alphatudes describes how she found a simple yet methodical way of getting some rest. Wahlder was also losing sleep and tired of counting sheep (at least she had sheep and not things to count). So, she decided to count her blessings and seized on the idea of starting with the letter "A." Before Wahlder got half way through the alphabet, she had fallen asleep. When Wahlder woke the next morning she felt energized, rejuvenated, and determined to pursue her alphabet of gratitude—called Alphatudes—which helped her find the blessings rather than focusing on the problems.

Just as we need sleep for our bodies, we also require nutrition for our souls. And I'm finding that using the Alphatudes to list not only my blessings, but flowers, people, places, and foods (one of my favorites) has certainly helped me get my forty winks. The prose, illustrations, and prayers within Alphatudes speak to me and make me want to read parts of it every day.

Michele Wahlder, MS, LPC, PCC, is an internationally recognized life coach, career counselor, speaker and gratitude enthusiast. She is the founder of Life Possibilities, LLC, and has worked with numerous organizations including, Fitness magazine, Lucent Technologies and Girls, Inc. to improve individual performance and organizational effectiveness. Wahlder is a popular guest on numerous television and radio shows and is available for both personal consultations and public appearances. She lives in Dallas, TX. Learn more about Michele on her website.

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