Thursday, March 12, 2015

Grace of Gratitude Journal by Deborah Purdue



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Description:

Grace of Gratitude is an exquisite journal that has lined pages for the reader to express their own thoughts of gratitude. Inspiring examples of gratitude by the author Deborah Perdue, and beautiful illustrations by Tara Thelen are interspersed throughout. Gratitude is a valuable spiritual practice, and through this journal, one can reap the benefits of appreciation of life to feel more joy and more peace on a sustained level. This journal is not only for the novice, but also for anyone who is already experienced at the spiritual practice of feeling gratitude in his or her life.

My Thoughts:

This is a beautiful journal to keep track of things I'm grateful for.

This journal is made to last about 40 days, but you could always stretch it out a bit, or use it for a shorter period of time. On one side, there is a space for the date, along with several lines for writing. The opposite page alternates between sayings and pictures(picture, two sayings, picture...). The pictures are gorgeous and bright. The sayings do have a non-Christian kind of "spirituality" about it. (I apologize. I don't know the correct term I'm looking for.) For example, one of them says: "Thank you, Spirit within and all around, for all knowledge and wisdom infusing my mind and soul." The focus of many of them are on ME. On the pages with the sayings, there's lots of white space, so it's really easy to write Bible verses and turn the focus to God. There's plenty of room, really, to do whatever you'd like. You could also add quotes or doodles, and make it even more personal and special.

This journal is also spiral bound, with hard covers on the front and back. This means it will lay flat when writing, and/or you'll have a built in "desk" with the cover.

This is a lovely journal, and I'm still amazed at the beauty of the artwork. Learning to be grateful is always a good thing, too! My grouchy, discontent side has been showing its ugly self more and more these days, and a focus on the simple(and big) things in my life I'm grateful for is just what I need. (Along with prayer and God's Word!)

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Purchase Link:

Grace of Gratitude Journal

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About the Author:




Deborah Perdue has been a licensed practitioner for the Center for Spiritual Living in Medford, Oregon since 2006. She practices gratitude as an integral part of her spiritual path, and attributes it to being the primary key to transforming her own life. In 1994, she received two Bachelor Degrees (Cum Laude) from Sonora State University, in English (emphasis: creative writing) and Studio Art (emphasis: photography) Deborah Perdue is the owner of Illumination Graphics where she works full time as an accomplished graphic designer with over 20 years experience. Deborah specializes in designing spiritual book covers.

Tara Thelen is an American artist living near Amsterdam. The inspiration for her work is emotion in all its various forms. As an artist, Tara’s drive is to create art that elicits strong, positive emotions – art that leaves an impression and truly touches those who view it. She teaches art lessons to children and teens at Museum Kranenburgh in the beautiful village of Bergen, near the North Sea, where she lives with her husband Paul and their two teenage boys. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the US, Europe, and the Pacific. For the past six years, Tara has been working closely with Deborah Perdue on various projects, mostly book covers, as well as CD cover designs, posters, and other promotional works. Her artwork in the Journal is integral to the beauty of it!

Website: http://graceofgratitude.com/


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