We motivate ourselves by counting our blessings many times throughout each day, but how many times do we write them and share them with others to motivate them?
This book consists of an interactive format that will encourage children and adults to count and write their blessings while containing them in one book.
Hopefully, your blessings will motivate you to become writers who will share your blessings. Let this positive cycle continue from generation to generation.
May you become the best writer while counting and writing more blessings with me.
“Alphabets, Poetry, and the Practice of Gratitude”
In a culture where writing is a production that is usually controlled by educational elites, Min. LaVonne Thomas offers an accessible book that opens the door to active involvement from those NOT in the center of elitist discourse. This book is ambitious and subtly attempts to do a LOT in a few 200+ pages. First the book gives a subtle wave to the poetic genre and also promotes literacy by highlighting the alphabet as a way of teaching & learning. Secondly, the book promotes the value of gratitude from her perspective as a Christian Minister. Third, the books accents the way poetry provides an avenue for re-focusing personal interpretation. The poetic tribute to her mother is priceless! Hip hop culture would be affirmative here as well as America’s poetry guilds. Fourth, This book contains an interactive element, and this invites HUMAN BEINGS at ALL ages and walks of life to participate in the art of thanksgiving! Riding the underlying themes of literacy and participation, this is obviously the creative attempt of an educator who has spent years as a practitioner and reflector of the education process in America – its promises and pitfalls, alike! The effort to encourage and motivate learning and the development and practice of a value that appears to be losing public currency – gratitude – is a novble effort indeed. Fifth and finally, this book springs from the experiences and insights of a minister committed to the Christian faith and its narrative of love, and redemption. Thus, the book promotes a focused & prominent Christology. Christian readers will like this book, and use it readily in church curriculums and conferences, etc. The Christian emphases may, at prima facie glance, deter readers of differing faith perspectives. This would be a loss. Readers of faith perspectives that are not Christian will be able to translate and transpose the message and practices outlined in this brief volume quite easily since it speaks, at bottom, to the human condition in all its dimensions.