Tuesday, April 2, 2013

In the Garden of Thoughts by Dodinsky (Review plus poster and bookmark giveaway!)

In the Garden of Thoughts by Dodinsky, illustrations by Amanda Cass
ISBN: 978-1402275838
Published April 16, 2013
Hardcover, 64 pages

This cute little gift book contains about fifty inspirational thoughts that are uplifting and empowering, encouraging the reader to be his best self. They are accompanied by whimsical and pastel-coloured illustrations by Amanda Cass. This is a book that makes one reflect, and the messages will help the person who has suffered judgement, has been put down, has been or going through great obstacles in life, has fears holding them back, is down in life and so forth. I think everyone can relate to these positive thoughts.

Author Dodinsky first started sharing these thoughts online as a way of coping with his ordeals and before he knew it he was getting emails from people of all walks of life telling him how much he inspired them. Although it can be read in fifteen minutes, the inspirational thoughts make one stop to think. They are deep and poignant. Here are two that touched me:

To strengthen the muscles of your heart,
the best exercise is lifting someone else's
spirit whenever you can.

If you stumbled today,
remember where and how it felt.
Tomorrow, take a different path.
Life flourishes from its pain
and the lessons we gain.

This collection of positive messages would make a great gift for anyone who may be going through a rough spell, even young ones and especially teens. Or perhaps for that friend who has been there for you, that co-worker who is helpful to everyone, or that person who always knows what to say to cheer you up. The book is attractive and could be left on a coffee table where it is sure to be picked up, leaving the reader with thoughts on which to ponder and meditate.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
Join Dodinsky on Facebook where a community of 175,000 people share their own stories.

Reviewed by Laura

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