AUTHOR: Leah Dieterich
GENRE: Non-Fiction, Inspirational
PUBLISHER: Andrews McMeel Publishing (May 31, 2011)
SOURCE: ARC Provided by Publisher (Via Connect Statesboro)
*Review Published in Connect Statesboro, July 26, 2011*
SYNOPSIS:Leah Dieterich’s mother always told her to write thank-you notes. So she does. To everything. “thx thx thx” began as her daily exercise in gratitude. She started out by just writing thank you notes for her own personal pleasure and kept them in a box. She showed them to a friend one day and her friend suggested she share these simple, sincere notes with the world. After her blog was formed she then published it into a lovely gift-book with pictures of her notes.
I wanted to be cynical in regards to this book, but it truly hit the spot. I sat and read it from cover to cover today when I was a little grumpy (okay, a lot grumpy.) Reading the odd and the simple expressions of gratefulness melted my scowl away page by page. I even laughed out loud several times.
Each page contains a thought provoking blurb about kindness, patience, air, headaches, printed reading material, and even to several members of her family.
“Dear Kindness, Thank you for killing people. You’re definitely my favorite weapon. If only they made a holster for you, perhaps I could wield you more quickly. Thanks again, Leah.”
In addition to being motivational, this book gives us a peek into the life of Leah Dieterich. She is funny, quirky and reminds me of one of my close friends. She is a great combination of honesty and sarcasm, because just when she got a little sappy, she made me laugh with:
“Dear Bourbon, Thank you for not turning me into the devil like vodka. Cheers, Leah.”
RATING:I’d rated this book at a 3 out of 5: Good and worth the time to soak in the gratitude. This is one of those books that belongs on my nightstand to read again on days just like this, when I need to see that there is something for which I can always be thankful.