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A Simple Expression of Appreciation

By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin

The key book which has guided my life in publishing has been the
Bible. For many years, I've read a different version of the Bible from cover to
cover each year. Reading the Scriptures is a key part of the beginning of each
day.  I have been reading in The
Passion Translation
(Broadstreet). If you don't know about the Passion
, I encourage you to get a copy and read it. From my experience,
often reading in a new translation will give you fresh insights and perspective.
One of the final letters the Apostle Paul wrote was his second letter to
Timothy. In 2 Timothy 3:1–5,  he includes a series
of godless acts that will happen during the Last Days. tucked into some terrible
things is a single word: ungrateful. (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

The opposite of ungrateful is gratitude. As a writer, how do you
incorporate gratitude into your daily life?

How you express gratitude doesn't have to be complicated. A
simple expression of appreciation can go a long way. My first book,
When I Grow Up, I
Can Go Anywhere for Jesus
, was published in 1992. When the
book first came out, I went to the booksellers convention and met with
best-selling author Richard J. Foster. His classic book, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True
had just released. I showed Richard my little 32–page
book and gave him a copy. He celebrated with me and prayed with me about the
book. Several weeks later, I got a surprise in the mail: a handwritten thank you
note from Richard Foster. He was letting me know how much he appreciated the
copy of my book.

This handwritten note from a bestselling author was amazing to
me—and a practical example of something I've done now for years. I've been
writing and reviewing books for many years—in print magazines and online. Almost
every day authors and publishers will send me physical books. I appreciate it
but to be honest, the volume is way more than anyone could read—even if that is
all I did. I read these books in my free time and for fun then write my reviews
and post them on Amazon, Goodreads
and my social media.

If you can't read every book that comes into your mail box, what
can you do? I can take a few minutes and handwrite a note to that author
expressing my appreciation for their efforts. I have a box of thank you notes
and pull one out, address the envelope and write my note often on the same day I
get the book. It is a practice of appreciation that I've done for years—and
something anyone can do.

What practices of appreciation do you incorporate into your
daily life? Let me know in the comments below.


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