Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude Blog Tour

About The Book:

Alphatudes reveals the unexpected and simple secret of living a joyful life – gratitude. In a world obsessed with negativity, we must deliberately choose to focus on the positive. The good news is that the homework is already done!

Alphatudes utilizes our earliest grade school victory—the ABCs— to achieve an even greater victory: a sustainable shift in your thinking that leads to contentment, optimism and peace of mind. An alphatude is defined as: a person, place or thing for which one alphabetically expresses gratitude.

Filled with vibrant illustrations, Alphatudes takes you on an inspiring 26-step journey where you’ll discover how to: heighten your awareness of life’s daily gifts; attract opportunities with a positive mind-set; find blessings in difficult situations; and free yourself from worry, negativity and resentment.

Legendary recording artist Olivia Newton-John has graciously provided a free download of her beautiful song, “Grace and Gratitude”, with the purchase of this extraordinary book.

About The Author:

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, a company that champions people to become the highest vision they hold for themselves in their lives, careers and relationships through the vehicles of coaching, seminars and books.

Wahlder delights in helping her clients discover their strengths, passions and purpose so that their outer lives authentically reflect their hearts’ desires. She 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 television and radio, including WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas, KDAF-TV’s The 33 News and CBS and CNN Radio. Wahlder received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Tulane University, holds a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Texas Woman’s University, is licensed by the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified through the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach. She has been honored as the Global Career Spokesperson for Bayer’s Global MS Awareness Campaign.

Wahlder understands firsthand the challenges associated with surviving a life-threatening illness and has allowed the experience to make her a stronger, more compassionate and grateful person. She continues to volunteer for several nonprofit organizations that offer adults and children opportunities to enhance their lives and pursue their dreams. A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Michele Wahlder lives in Dallas, TX, with her fiancé Michael, “bonus daughter” Zoe, and Portuguese water dog Moses.

You can visit Michele online at and

My Review:

This book has come into my life at a time when I am experiencing one of the toughest journey's I have ever had. I will not go into details here, but suffice it to say, the last couple weeks have been tough. I am choosing to have joy and gratitude despite feeling hurt, and this book has been a huge help to me. I am learning to leave all my stress and worry to God more than I have before. Having an attitude of gratitude instead of dwelling on the negative in my life is making me a better person. Because I am choosing joy and gratitude, I am seeing positive outcomes. The situation I am in right now is on the mend, but its going to be a long road.

Wahlder touches on themes such as forgiveness, work, hope, laughter, music, emotions, serendipity, and many more.  I am thankful for authors like Michele Wahlder who remind us that despite trials, and there will be trials, God is there. The one point in Wahlder makes is for the letter "O" - for opportunity:

"The German born physicist Albert Einstein once said, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity". Obstacles are gifts, disguised as difficulties, scattered along the path of life. Many of the blocks that seemingly stand in our way are actually learning opportunities waiting to manifest in our lives. When we can learn how to navigate through an obstacle, rather than become defeated by it, we evolve both personally and spiritually...As we move toward, and often, fly past, the finish line, we find that we are wiser, stronger and more capable than we ever thought is not about the finish line, but the lessons we learn navigating the course"

This book is a very quick read, and very easy to read. I read it in one sitting, and am going to use it for a supplement to my devotional life. It is also beautifully illustrated, with each letter of gratitude presented in a two pages spread. It would make a fantastic gift and it is a book that will be on my shelf for a long time to come. I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can puchase Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude by Michele Whalder at your favorite local bookstore. It is also available through and

***Thank you to the author, and Cheryl at Pump Up Your Book Promotions for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***


  1. Thanks for the lovely review of Michele's Book. I'm glad you are finding it helpful.

    While I don't know what you are going through right now, please take comfort in knowing that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Thanks again for the wonderful review.


  2. 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 was touched that you received the book at a time when you needed a boost of positive energy. I thought using Alphatudes as a supplement to your devotional life was a wonderful idea, too. I've found that I sometimes get stuck on negative thoughts when I focus my prayer on my needs. Gratitude in prayer is a practice that I've found many people tend to forget.

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

    With gratitude,