With our decision to homeschool, I haven’t had much time to read.  When I finally got 365 Thank Yous in the mail from Paperback Swap, I decided to put all of my work and homeschool research on hold and read the book.  I’m so glad I did!

This book only took me a few hours to read through, but it left me with a good feeling.

John Kralik is a 53 year old attorney who feels that both his personal and professional life is in shambles.  He’s going through his second divorce, he doesn’t maintain much contact with his two adult sons, and his girlfriend has just broken up with him.  On the professional front, he is facing several lawsuits, and he worries if he will have enough money to pay his employees.

He’s mired in depression and has lost the will to live–until he takes a hike, loses his way, and hears a voice say, “Until you learn to be grateful for the things you have, you will not receive the things you want.”

Kralik then sets out on a journey to write 365 thank yous, one for every day in 2008.  While he doesn’t quite achieve his goal (it takes him 15 months to write 365 thank yous), he learns valuable lessons about being grateful.  He learns to recognize and appreciate the many blessings in his life, and he learns that he is more loved and appreciated than he ever thought.

As he practices more and more gratitude, more and more good things come into his life.

This book is a great read for anyone.  If you’re depressed, Kralik’s journey may inspire you to come out of your shell and focus on the world around you instead of your own life.  If you’re already happy, this book will inspire you to further look for things to be grateful for in your life.

On the Mom’s Plans’ scale, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  *****

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