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Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks | Diana Butler Bass
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The author of the multiple award-winning Grounded and leading trend spotter in contemporary Christianity explores why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates how the shared practice of gratitude can lead to greater connection with God, our world, and our own souls. More and more people are finding God beyond the walls of traditional religious institutions, but these seekers often miss the church community itself, including its shared spiritual practices such as gratitude. While four out of five Americans have told pollsters they feel gratitude in their daily lives, cultural commentator and religion expert Diana Butler Bass finds that claim to be at odds with the discontent that permeates modern society. There is a gap, she argues, between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefullya divide that influences our understanding of morality, worship, and institutional religion itself. In Grateful, Bass challenges readers to think about the impact gratitude has in our spiritual lives, and encourages them to make gratitude a "difficult and much-needed spiritual practice for our personal lives and to make a better world." Grateful is partially an individual, emotional response to our circumstances, but research has shown that what we often miss is how much more it is a communal, actionable response. Bass examines this more unexpected experience of gratitude, and reveals how people and communities can practice it and thrive, whether or not they are part of a traditional religious community.
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Happy Thanksgiving to all my Litsy friends who are celebrating today - and Happy Last Thursday in November to all who are not. I am grateful for each of you - you make my heart happy.

Nute Thankful for you, Ms. Elizabeth. Have a wonderful day today!🧡 2mo
sisilia Aww happy Thanksgiving, Elizabeth 😘 2mo
Bookzombie Happy Thanksgiving! 🍁🦃 🍂 2mo
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TheSpineView Love this one. Simple yet so heartfelt.💜 2mo
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QuietlyLaura
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Day 7 of #GratefulReads is about a #FavoriteBookishItem I don‘t have many bookish items but I do really like these magnetic book marks I picked up on our vacation to Niagara Falls this year.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nice! I love picking up bookmarks when I travel. 3mo
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QuietlyLaura
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Day 6 of #GratefulReads features a #BookGiftedToYou and I had to go with my Webster‘s College Dictionary my husband gave me on our first Valentine‘s Day over 25 years ago. It‘s one of the best gifts he has ever given me! ❤️
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 3mo
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QuietlyLaura
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I‘m stepping out of my comfort zone and attempting this photo challenge #GratefulReads for the month of November. Hosted by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @OriginalCyn620 I hope you don‘t mind. I‘ve got to catch up a couple of days but it seems like fun!

DaveGreen7777 I did a monthly photo challenge for the first time last month, and it was a lot of fun! Enjoy! 😁 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Glad you‘re joining us! 😊 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for sharing!! We hope you have fun!! 3mo
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QuietlyLaura @DaveGreen7777 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 Thank you so much for the encouragement! ☺️💕💕💕 3mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I can‘t believe October is almost over and another monthly challenge is coming to a close! We‘ve enjoyed seeing your posts...thanks to all who‘ve played along! Please join us starting tomorrow for November‘s photo challenge! 🙌🏼📚
#GratefulReads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 this is going to be a great one!!! 3mo
emmaturi This sounds like fun! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Hope you join us, @emmaturi! 3mo
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OriginalCyn620
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A new month is almost upon us! Please join me and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks in showing some bookish gratitude! Feel free to share and repost. 🤗
#GratefulReads

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TheSpineView
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻😊❤️ 4mo
LorieL 💯 #truth 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs #Day21

Last day. I started a little late; therefore, I am late finishing.

🙂 Rainbows
🙂 Music
🙂 The ability to dream.

Eggs Grateful for you💕 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs #Day29

☀️ Another sunny and warm spring day.
☀️ Family time
☀️ Birds singing

Eggs 💗 🐦💗🌞💗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs #Day19

🐶 Chocolate
🐶 Good Wine
🐶 Quite dinners with my hubby

Eggs 🤗 🍷 🍫💗💗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs
#Day18

⚀ Sleeping in on the weekend!
⚁ Lazy Saturdays.
⚂ Fuzzy socks.

Eggs Creature comforts 🤗💗🤗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#Day 17 #grateful @Eggs

😊 Casual Fridays
😊 This weekend's readathon #24B4Monday to keep me motivated.
😊 Over night shipping

Clwojick Yay! What books do you have planned for the Readathon? 9mo
Readingismyescape I keep meaning to do this. 9mo
TheSpineView @Clwojick Let's see... Ink and Bone, The Innocent Bystander, and finsh a book of poetry The Heart's Necessities. If I possible start The Last Romantics. 9mo
TheSpineView @Readingismyescape You should. Loads of fun! 9mo
Eggs Yay casual days!! Yay readathon !! 9mo
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Endowarrior21

I am grateful for everyone on here. You girls/guys are very understanding and kind and I am humbled by everyone.

rretzler 💕 9mo
tournevis ❤️❤️❤️ Also, you tagged my husband's favourite theologian. 9mo
bullbunny You are loved ^^ 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs

#Day16

🔹️ April showers. ☔
🔹️ My lillies that are doing awesome.🌺
🔹️ The warmth of a wet nose!🐶

Eggs I love my lilies too, but some years they struggle. Not sure why 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs
Day 15

🔹️Air Conditioning
🔹️Home grown tomatoes
🔹️ the smell of fresh cut grass

Mdargusch ✅✅✅ 9mo
Eggs Yes all 3❣️💗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs
Day 14

⚀ Long summer days
⚁ My hammock
⚂ Roaring fire in my woodstove on cold winter nights

Eggs Hammock 💗💗💗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs

Day 13 for me.

☀️ Clear blue skies
☀️ Crickets that singing at night
☀️ A place to call home

Eggs 💗🏡💗 9mo
Deifio I love crickets at night! So soothing! 9mo
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riversong153

#grateful21 culminating on Easter Day 21

I am grateful for a wonderful Easter celebration, family time and renewed confidence in myself.

Eggs 💗🤗🌸 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs

🐇 A beautiful Easter Sunday
🐇 Coffee
🐇 Fine friends

Eggs Hope Easter was good for you 9mo
kspenmoll Glad your Easter was a good one! 9mo
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TheSpineView
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@Eggs #grateful

😊 Eating breakfast out on a dreary Saturday morning.
😊 Pedicure today
😊 Meeting my neighbors new puppy 💜🐾

Eggs 💗pedi💗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs

🌩 This stormy morning
🌩 Off today
🌩 Technology that makes life better

SexyCajun Life~opportunity~Grilled 🍤 tacos 9mo
TheSpineView @SexyCajun All good ones!😊 9mo
Eggs 💗👍🏼off work💗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs

😊 Get to leave the office early today
😊 My lake house
😊 I can stay up late reading because no work tomorrow

Eggs #3-👏🏻🙌🏼👍🏼 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs

😊 My old laptop died and my new one came today.
😊 To live in a cool city
😊 A short work week

Tanisha_A A short work week is such a joy! 😃 9mo
Eggs 💗💗💗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful @Eggs

⭐ The warm sunny day
⭐ Sleeping in this morning at little bit
⭐ Lunch out with my hubby

Eggs ☀️🤗☀️🤗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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🔹️ For the sunrise this morning
🔹️ Spring
🔹️ A Car in good working order

kspenmoll Yes, car that works!!! 9mo
TheSpineView 😋 9mo
Eggs 🤗💗☀️🤗 9mo
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TheSpineView
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Day 14

🔹️ Lazy Sunday mornings
🔹️ A good cup of coffee
🔹️ my fellow Littens

kspenmoll ☕️☕️☕️ 10mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ☝️ describes my morning right now! 😂❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
Leftcoastzen Yes please.☕️ 10mo
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jb72 I don‘t drink coffee, but I‘m definitely being lazy and scrolling through Litsy! Great way to spend a Sunday morning. 9mo
Eggs Serendipitous Sunday!! 9mo
TheSpineView @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Me too, until I had to go to the grocery store. 9mo
TheSpineView @jb72 Yes indeed! 9mo
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TheSpineView
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#grateful

⚀ my fur babies
⚁ vacations
⚂ my home library

Eggs 🤗💗🥰❤️ 10mo
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TheSpineView
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Day 12

⚀ My small business is doing good.
⚁ I don't have to cook much during the week.
⚂ No longer have to be at work by 8:00 AM. I usually wonder in around 8:30ish.

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TheSpineView
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#grateful

📘 For the simple pleasures
📘 For my family
📘 For good health

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗🌺 10mo
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TheSpineView
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⚀ Made it home safe and sound from a long business trip today.
⚁ Grateful I had the money to replace my laptop today. The CPU died. No surprise my laptop was 6 years old!
⚂ For my grand kids.

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AmberWB
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1. 68 degree, sunny days. This is the perfect temp.
2. Chapstick. I am slightly addicted.
3. Flip flops. I could easily wear them every day.

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻🌺🤗 10mo
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AmberWB
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1. Flannel pajama pants from Old Navy
2. My king size bed
3. Netflix

@Eggs #grateful21

Eggs In your jammies in your king bed watching Netflix ❣️❣️❣️ 10mo
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CareBear
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I just wanted to thank you all for the Litten birthday love via comments, cards, and gifts. It‘s truly appreciated. ❤️ #jb

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope it was great!!! ❤️ 14mo
CareBear @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it was! I spend the day reading and cuddling with my furbabies! thank you. 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CareBear sounds awesome!! 📚☺️ 14mo
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AmyG Hope you had a wonderful birthday...which I see you did! (edited) 14mo
robinb 👍😘🤗🎉🎉 14mo
Mimi28 Happy belated Birthday 🎂 !! I‘m sorry I‘m so far behind. I hope it was awesome!! ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
bookish_wookish Happy belated Birthday!! 🎈🎉🎈🎉 14mo
Velvetfur Happy birthday! Sorry I wasn't around for it but I hope you had a fab day X 🎂🎁 14mo
Purrfectpages I think I missed it so happy belated! 14mo
Bklover Happy Belated Birthday!!🎈🎁🎂 14mo
Palimpsest Happy Birthday! Hope it was a good one! Also, my nickname is care bear too. I‘m Karie. 14mo
IamIamIam Happy belated birthday!!! 😁😁😁 14mo
irre Hope you had a great birthday!! 🎁🎉🎈 14mo
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emilyrose_x
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Day 25 Grateful

I have really enjoyed the #gratitude30 challenge over the last month. It has made me appreciate the smaller things (and some big things!) that I am grateful for.

#fallintoreading

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
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LWagoner
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Pickpick

Such a good look into gratitude...so much more than saying “thank you.”
- Gratitude is not about thanks out of duty and debt...it‘s much deeper
- Gratitude helps us see “with soft eyes”
- Gratitude builds resilience and community

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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I'm very #grateful for having the means and opportunity to travel!

#fallintoreading @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

vkois88 Beautiful photos!! I am quite envious of your journeys 😘 1y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @vkois88 tq Tori! 😘 This happened to be one of my lucky years 😅 1y
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CoffeeK8
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This is the view from my hotel this week.. I have been completely absent this week, and it has been a whirlwind... I got a call this time last week that my mom had collapsed and was unresponsive. In this week she came out of a coma, fought off sepsis and meningitis. She is is going to be going to rehab and is mostly okay. I can‘t begin to describe how grateful I am that she is okay.

Insightsintobooks Glad to hear she is okay. 1y
erinreads Glad she‘s okay! Sending positive thoughts for a full and speedy recovery! 💕💕💕 1y
CoffeeNBooks Oh my goodness, that's so scary! I hope she starts feeling better soon! 1y
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DivineDiana So happy that she is recovering. Sending love to you and your mother. 💗💗 1y
Jas16 I am so glad she is ok and hope she makes a full recovery. 1y
SassyBookworm Oh goodness! Glad she seems to be on the mend! Prayers your way for her continued progress 1y
RebL Sending warm thoughts and hoping for comfort for both your mother and you. 1y
LiteraryinLititz That is so much for your family to go through! Sending support. 💜 1y
Christine Scary! Sending good wishes. ❤️ 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That sounds so scary & overwhelming. I'm sending some good thoughts for a full and speedy recovery her way. Hugs to you! 1y
CouronneDhiver Meningitis is a beast! I‘m pleased to hear she‘s expected to recover 😘😘 So sorry it‘s been a hard season ... 1y
quietjenn Good thoughts to you. 1y
CoverToCoverGirl Sending support and hugs. 1y
Redwritinghood Wow! Sorry to hear that but glad she‘s pulled through. I hope she has a speedy recovery. 1y
Cinfhen Sorry for a horrible week but Thank God your mom is going to be ok. 1y
CarolynM What a week you've had! Glad your mother is doing better, hope you have a chance for some self care now {{hugs}}😘 1y
Kaye Very sorry to hear that. Hope she‘s soon on the mend and improving each day. 1y
zsuzsanna_reads Oh my goodness. I hope she gets well soon. 1y
Itchyfeetreader So pleased to your mum is starting to feel better 1y
TheSpineView How terrible your week has been! Just so glad to hear you mom is on the mend! Sending well wishes your way! 1y
NatalieR Sorry to hear about your mom. Glad she is getting better. Sending love. 💕 1y
mabell Wow, what a terrible week with a terrific ending! Moms are 💪!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
TheClevelander You guys have been in my thoughts all week. I‘m glad to hear she‘s doing ok, and I hope you‘re doing ok as well. ❤️ 1y
MaGoose Happy to hear that your mom is coming along. Best wishes for her full recovery. 💜 1y
CoffeeK8 @TheClevelander thank you so much 💕 1y
IamIamIam Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Sepsis is no joke! Your mom's a superhero! 14mo
CoffeeK8 @IamIamIam thank you! 14mo
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Balibee146
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Interested in a 30 day #Gratitude challenge for November?? Head over and let @hermyknee know!..... This looks super good ❤️❤️

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aschermetz
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I love Litsy. Totally crap ass day at work only to come home and find this lovely little surprise from @CrowCAH who was my #MakerSwap match! Cynthia, this is such a lovely gesture and totally unnecessary. Thank you so much; you really made my day! ❤️❤️❤️

PS Husband just told me this has been sitting on the counter for two days so sorry for the delayed response! 😂

LiteraryinLititz Sorry your day sucked BUT I‘m glad Litsy friends made it brighter! 2y
CrowCAH Lol no problem; it‘s time for some shopping!!! 📚 2y
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Elle_Skeldon
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Final update on the class with the postcards:

Total # of states collected 38

But she said there were many duplicates as well as some from outside the US so the total received was much higher!
Thank you all so much for being a part of this! The kids were so happy!! ♥️😀

@OrangeMooseReads @AmyG @Kaye @LibrarianJen @Tamra @Jas16 @DebinHawaii @StephanieGeiser @laurenashley @CSeydel @rather_be_reading @kaysworld1 @JoScho @JoRead @CrowCAH

DebinHawaii Oh yay! 38 is pretty darn good. Thanks for sharing! 💚 2y
JoScho That is awesome!! Thanks for sharing ❤️ 2y
CrowCAH Aww the map looks so great; full of wonderful places!!! ❤️ 2y
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AmyG Wonderful! 2y
OrangeMooseReads Looks fantastic! I see the card I sent lol 2y
Jas16 That is fantastic! 2y
LibrarianJen YAY! 2y
JoRead That looks so cool! 2y
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AndreaReads
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I know you all already know this, BUT @hermyknee is absolutely fabulous! Not only did she send the books I won in her giveaway, but she also included some other wonderful surprises!!!! Thank you thank you! I‘m so excited for these new additions to my collections! Love you, @hermyknee 😘 #FunnyandFierceGiveaway
(P.S. I‘m sorry I didn‘t post sooner, but my husband forgot this was in his car after he picked up our mail....)

GatheringBooks how awesome!! super generous! :) 2y
hermyknee ☺️you deserve all the things!!! 2y
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catiewithac
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Here DBB is quoting Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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Lmstraubie
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OMGoodness!!! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks just when I think you couldn't possibly be any more kind and thoughtful this happens!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for making my day! 😘 xo

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!!!! I hope your birthday is fabulous 🎊🎉💗📚😘❤️💗💕🎈 2y
sammisho Oh no! I missed your birthday! Happy belated! 👍🎂🎂🎈🎈 2y
Lmstraubie @sammisho Thank you for the birthday wishes. You didn't miss it! 😊 2y
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SophfroniaScott
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This book came out this week and my copy just arrived. Looking forward to digging in. I‘ve read about gratitude before but I‘m curious to see what the author has to say about it.