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11 March 2010

Book Tour & Review: Alphatudes by Michele Wahlder

Title: Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude
Author: Michele Wahlder
Publisher: Life Possibilities Publishing
Publication Date: January 15, 2010
Paperback: 128 pages
ISBN: 978-0982364505
Genre: Inspiration


About the Book:

Alphatudes reveals the unexpected and simple secret of living a joyful life – gratitude. In a world obsessed with negativity, we must deliberately choose to focus on the positive. The good news is that the homework is already done!

Alphatudes utilizes our earliest grade school victory—the ABCs— to achieve an even greater victory: a sustainable shift in your thinking that leads to contentment, optimism and peace of mind. An alphatude is defined as: a person, place or thing for which one alphabetically expresses gratitude.

Filled with vibrant illustrations, Alphatudes takes you on an inspiring 26-step journey where you’ll discover how to: heighten your awareness of life’s daily gifts; attract opportunities with a positive mind-set; find blessings in difficult situations; and free yourself from worry, negativity and resentment.

Legendary recording artist Olivia Newton-John has graciously provided a free download of her beautiful song, “Grace and Gratitude”, with the purchase of this extraordinary book.

My Review:

Great things come in small packages as Michele Wahlder thoroughly proves in her emotionally packed book, Alphatudes. According to Wahlder "an alphatude is defined as a person, place or thing for which one alphabetically expresses gratitude". Wahlder has managed to take what at times can be a daunting task, the act of being grateful, and turned it into a less complex exercise by focusing on the basics, the alphabet. The beginning of the book explains the concept behind the book, how to choose gratitudes and most importantly how to use her book to help achieve balance, stability, acceptance, and happiness in one's life. Then the book proceeds to give examples for each letter of the alphabet as well as a quote to accompany the word, followed by a page describing the word and the actions required and concluding with a short prayer. Alphatudes is a stunningly beautiful book filled with hope (hope is actually one of the alphatudes used in this book) and gives the reader a sense of calmness, well-being and the knowledge that the grass is not greener on the other side, rather it is just a different view. I would recommend Alphatudes to anyone looking for a way to simply live a more relaxed, happy and positive lifestyle. Personally, I will be picking up a few to be giving as gifts.

About the Author:

Michele Wahlder, MS, LPC, PCC, is an internationally recognized life coach, career counselor, speaker and gratitude enthusiast. She is the founder of Life Possibilities, LLC, a company that champions people to become the highest vision they hold for themselves in their lives, careers and relationships through the vehicles of coaching, seminars and books.

Wahlder delights in helping her clients discover their strengths, passions and purpose so that their outer lives authentically reflect their hearts’ desires. She has worked with numerous organizations, including, Fitness magazine, Lucent Technologies and Girls, Inc., to improve individual performance and organizational effectiveness.

Wahlder is a popular guest on television and radio, including WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas, KDAF-TV’s The 33 News and CBS and CNN Radio. Wahlder received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Tulane University, holds a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Texas Woman’s University, is licensed by the state of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified through the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach. She has been honored as the Global Career Spokesperson for Bayer’s Global MS Awareness Campaign.

Wahlder understands firsthand the challenges associated with surviving a life-threatening illness and has allowed the experience to make her a stronger, more compassionate and grateful person. She continues to volunteer for several nonprofit organizations that offer adults and children opportunities to enhance their lives and pursue their dreams. A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Michele Wahlder lives in Dallas, TX, with her fiancé Michael, “bonus daughter” Zoe, and Portuguese water dog Moses.

You can visit Michele online at and

Michele Wahdler’s ALPHATUDES VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR officially began on March 1st and ends on March 26th. You can visit Michele’s blog stops at during the month of March to find out more about this great book and talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of Alphatudes the Alphabet of Gratitude by Michele Wahlder from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I always enjoy a positive uplift. Sounds like fun from a popular person! Thanks for sharing.

Bill ;-)

Hope you'll check out my book giveaway:

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the fabulous review of Michele's book. I really enjoyed it too. It would make a great gift for someone.

Thanks again for hosting Michele during her virtual book tour.


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Michele Wahlder said...


The Alphatudes book launch was so busy that I'm just now getting a chance to respond to all the bloggers on the virtual book tour.

Thank you so much for the great review of "Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude." You explained it beautifully. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and was thrilled to read that you plan on gifting others with a copy.

I'll be posting a link to your review on the book website soon.

With gratitude,