A Gift of Hope


Book Review
A Gift of Hope
52 Ways to Live a Better Life

By Shadonna Richards, R.N.

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In the authors introduction she writes, "Words can move you to change. The choice is often up to how you internalize them and on what you choose to dwell." Shadonna Richard's book, A Gift of Hope, can move you to change if you so choose to do so.

Fifty-two positive thoughts and inspirational quotes are provided - one for each week of the year. In addition, the reader will find the weeks content summarized at the end of the writing in "this week’s hope initiative" which offers food for thought. Plus, there is a space for the reader to write their hopes for this week. So, in fact the author has not only provided real life stories, actual experiences, and shared her knowledge but she has provided the questions to challenge our thinking and is encouraging us to document our thoughts. We have all heard that writing your challenges helps you deal with the issues facing you; well this book helps people do just that.

Some of our favorite quotes from the book:

"Leave yesterday in the past. Get rid of that rewind button in your memory of bad situations."

"Your life is whatever you focus on."

"Believe in the power of possibilities. Believe you can accomplish anything you put your mind to."

"Life can be simple, so why make it harder?"

"One of the hardest things to do is to train our minds to always focus on good thoughts, even if our world around us is crumbling."

"Money isn't everything."

"Beginning today, make it a habit to count your blessings everyday."

"It's not about what happens to us but our reaction to it that matters."

"Regardless of your afflictions, try visualizing a positive outcome for whatever adverse situation you are in."

"Knowledge is power, and we must strive to accomplish more every day, no matter what our circumstances"

"Many of us waste time on petty worries or frivolities, but those who know the value of how limited time is seem to cherish every moment they have as a gift."


A Gift of Hope is a wonderful companion to be read each week, and it is a great way to start your week on a positive note. The stories and thoughts shared by the author are full of common sense and contain words of wisdom that everyone can benefit from.

We do recommend this book for all ages. The Gift of Hope can be obtained from Amazon.com.


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