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Gratitude – The Art of Being Thankful – My Book Review

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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Gratitude – The Art of Being Thankful – My Book Review

 

“We can change the significance of our words by the way they sound, by the way we use them.”

Books that can make tears escape the corners of your eyes rank high among my favorite and most memorable reads. Vickie Phelps little powerhouse of a book on Gratitude – The Art of Being Thankful did just that – made a few tears escape down my cheeks. As I was reading Vickie’s words I realized I had a lot to be extremely grateful for from

You can tell that Vickie, herself, has a lot to be thankful for in life and that showing gratitude and being grateful is the process that you learn with nearly every breath of life.

Weaving and relating some great enlightening quotes from authors like Marcel Proust, to Charles Dickens, to Albert Schweitzer, to Bible scriptures, the idea of gratitude shows readers that being grateful is a way of life you chose – not one of constant complaining, being down on yourself, and not taking any small things for granted. Vickie leads readers to understand that everything we take for granted we should be grateful for.

Thank you, Vickie, for reminding me that I indeed still have a lot to be grateful for.

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens

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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Carrying the Black Bag – My Review

Carrying the Black Bag

By Tom Hutton, M.D.

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Note: This review was published in West Texas Historical Review, Volume 93, 2017.

 

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“After all, I’d been lucky enough to avoid a sneak thief due to a very loyal, if not terribly bright Dalmation. Surely, good luck, along with the incorrigble Dice, must have been riding shotgun with me.”

Carrying the Black Bag is an eclectic and insightful collection of stories from the author’s time spent working as a neurologist in both Texas and Minnesota. The stories reveal an inside look about Hutton’s work as a doctor in both states. He shares the most important stories of his career with compassion, empathy, and humor.

In this well-written book, Hutton recalls the complexity of some of his most remarkable cases from the emotional toil to saving a young girl with Reye’s Syndrome to how he wound up playing detective on uncovering why a man was poisoning himself with arsenic. In one of the chapters, the author shares the humorous travel episode of him and Dice, the family’s dog as they traveled to Lubbock, Texas.

The symbolism of his black medical bag is interwoven throughout the book. Readers find out medical tidbits along the way like on the meaning of the lengths of medical coats.

Carrying the Black Bag should be a must read for all medical students. Why? Because Hutton gives readers glimpses in his memoir of his take on being in the medical profession to revealing that listening to patients is often more important than just treating an illness.

 

 

Carrying the Black Bag. A Neurologist’s Bedside Tales. By Tom Hutton, M.D. (Texas Tech University Press, 2015. Pp. vi – 250. Prologue, index, afterword, illustrations, photos. $27.95 Hardback.)