Bonus Book Recommendation

Yesterday I posted a quick review and recommendation for the latest James Patterson book I read. After I did that, I was reminded of another book I wanted to recommend to you. It is a book that can be read over and over and comes from a guy I write about often.

Every month, I talk about Dave from the blog A Sound Day. In the time we have been following each other and e-mailing each other, I discovered that he not only has a fantastic musical blog, he is also a published author!

Around Thanksgiving I had posted a blog about things that I am thankful for. Dave said that he had written a book that was about the same thing. He sent me an autographed copy of it and it is really fantastic.

As I read this book (which I did in one sitting), I found that Dave and I have a lot more in common than just music. The story behind the book is that Dave began writing a list. Every day he would write down something he was thankful for. He went through his list and pulled out 101 of his favorite things.

On the scribd.com website, a description of the book reads:

“Thank Goodness – 101 Things To Be Grateful For Today” offers readers a chance to reflect on all the good in life and challenges them to not only look for good in their own lives but offers ways to do so. A collection of wonders the author is thankful for is accompanied by questions for the reader to ponder , such as how they last showed compassion for somebody else and how that made them feel , or what the most meaningful holiday on the calendar is to them. Selected sketches and cartoons illustrate some of the points. The book can be read even in a single sitting, or as a daily ritual designed to make each day brighter.

I love that there is a question posed after each thing. You and I know that those questions can be answered differently at any given time, which really makes this a book that can be read over and over again.

A few of my favorites from the book:

  • Living in the golden age of communication
  • My love of music
  • Coffee to greet the new day
  • Sleep, too often taken for granted
  • My ability to not only read, but enjoy doing so
  • Funny commercials making a minor inconvenience fun
  • Prayer
  • Anytime I can brighten someone’s day
  • Being in love with my best friend

After each thing, Dave offers up a personal story that connects him to it. This is where I realized just how similar we are. When talking about music for example, he mentions a plastic turntable, 8 track tapes, and buying vinyl albums. Each one of those things were things I connect to my love of music, too.

Here’s the thing – you can always find something to be grateful for each day (even on the bad days!). These 101 things in Dave’s book are great reminders and thought starters. It is a perfect book for the start of the New Year, but really is good for any time of the year.

You can find it on Scribd here:

https://www.scribd.com/book/326034791/Thank-Goodness-101-Things-To-Be-Grateful-For-Today

or from Barnes and Noble here:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thank-goodness-101-things-to-be-grateful-for-today-dave-ruch/1124723016

I’m grateful to have connected with Dave through the world of blogging (The Blogiverse? Blogmosphere?) and his book reminding me to always be aware of those things to be grateful for!

Speaking of Dave …

His next round of Turntable Talk will begin on January 10th! I was drawn randomly to be the first one to kick off the topic. Watch for it here and on his website, especially if you like “poetry.”

10 thoughts on “Bonus Book Recommendation

  1. Thanks so much Keith, both for the compliments and the links… to be honest, I’ve never even heard of Scribed and didn’t know it was there, but my e-book publisher were supposed to offer it at a number of sites and I guess that’s one of them. I’m really glad you got something out of it and can relate.

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  2. PS- sorry to toot my own horn, but I will add I have been thinking of doing something with it this year , either a podcast or maybe just audio posted to YT , with a few new thoughts and updates. I will let you know if or when I get to it.

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