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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
In his introduction to Gratitude: Affirming One Another Through Stories, author Len Froyen invites you “to make gratitude a plot line for your life and a plumb line for your hopes. Via a series of chapters with significant topics, gratitude is explained through Froyen’s life stories. “We all stand inside a story, and every story has the potential for teaching us something beneficial about gratitude.” Through the power of storytelling, nuggets of truth are unearthed and made relevant. The stories shared are purposeful and lay a foundation for the significance of gratitude in our lives. Their inclusions make you stop and ponder gratitude at a deeper and personal level. At the end of each chapter, Froyen includes challenging questions for the reader to reflect upon. Gratitude encourages you to become an “agent of what matters” by making gratitude a lifestyle.
Gratitude is more than a book; it is a guide for a meaningful life. Len Froyen points the way to gratitude through his gifted storytelling. Yet, he doesn’t stop there; he accompanies you on your journey to discover the essence of gratitude. He enables you to grasp deeper meaning and a more than surface understanding of gratitude. His explanations are intelligent and profound, never condescending or lofty. At the end of the book, Froyen explains his writing process. He describes his struggle with finding the proper word combinations. As an author myself, I found his honesty sincere. As a reader, I was enamored by his word choices and enlightened by his life stories. Len Froyen’s Gratitude is a brilliant and exceptional read.